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Student Trainee (Contracting)

Air Force Civilian Service Air Force Academy, CO

Job Description


·        Performs selected tasks and phases of routine studies and projects that require application of basic occupational field theory and principles in the technical area of Contracting; working under the guidance of and in close association with senior personnel performs a variety of work assignments consisting of established, specific, and related tasks that have been selected to orient the employee in the practical application of basic principles, concepts, and techniques of the occupational field

·        Participates with senior personnel in conducting non-routine projects; studies Air Force requirements for the projects and researches and studies the current body of precedents and technical knowledges

·        Provides assistance in planning, monitoring and conducting special studies, projects and initiatives; assists senior personnel in determining the validity, feasibility, achievability, and efficiency of special studies, projects, and initiatives, and participates in planning the studies, projects, and initiatives 



Please note:  This is not a developmental opportunity, this position may be filled at the GS-04, GS-05, GS-07, or GS-09 grade level, depending on applicant qualifications and organizational requirements.  The individual selected for this position may be considered for promotion to a higher grade without further competition upon meeting any legal and regulatory/program requirements.

Recommend areas of study:  Seeking a Degree in any field which will include or will be supplemented by 24 semester hours, or 36 quarter hours in any of the following disciplines: Accounting, Business, Contracts, Economics, Finance, Industrial Management, Law, Marketing, Organization and Management.

To qualify for a GS-04: Completion of 2 academic years of post high school study or an associates degree in a related field of study

To qualify for a GS-05: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelors degree or completion of 4 academic years of pre-professional study.

To qualify for a GS-07: Completion of 1 academic year of graduate level education, or bachelors degree with Superior academic Achievement as provided in the "General Policies and Instructions" for Qualifications Standards Operating Manual (see link below), or 5 academic years of pre-professional study.

To qualify for a GS-09: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education or masters or equivalent graduate degree.


Knowledge of basic occupational theory, principles, concepts, and practices in the technical area of Contracting.

Skills in applying basic occupational theory, principles, concepts and practices sufficient to perform student trainee assignments.

Ability to follow instructions and guidance to complete assigned tasks and communicate information to others in oral or written format.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

This position has an education requirement.  You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.




1. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties.

2. This position is established under the provisions of the Pathways Internship Program.

3. Employee must meet Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements applicable to the duties of the position.

You must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university:

·          Accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an approved program

·          Pursing  a Baccalaureate Degree (Junior/Senior only), Graduate or Professional Degree

·          Enrollment must be at least half-time course load as defined by the education institution (typically six      hours or equivalent for undergraduate and three hours or equivalent for graduate)

·          Have a good academic standing (no less than 2.95 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 grading scale)

·          Meet the qualification standards of the position

·          Must be at least 16 years of age

·          A U.S. citizen or a national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). Non-citizens may be eligible for employment if:

·          Permitted by the DoD Appropriation Act

·          Eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws

NOTE: U.S. citizenship is required for a noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term appointment with the Department of the Air Force.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Other Information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment.  For additional information or to register, click here.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.

The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participants trial period. Interns may work part-time or full-time schedules.

Interns may be considered for noncompetitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements, if they meet the following:

1.    A U.S. citizen

2.    Successfully complete academic course of study with a GPA of at least 2.95 (GPA 3.1 for certain engineer positions)

3.    Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program

4.    Meet the OPM Qualification requirements for the position the intern may be converted to

5.    Maintain acceptable performance "It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the agency will offer conversion."

DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Job Details

Date Posted March 10, 2018
Date Closes April 9, 2018
Requisition 466987200
Located In Air force academy, CO
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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