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Pathways Student Trainee

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Department Of Agriculture Chattanooga , TN 37402

Posted 3 months ago

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Position is that of a Student Trainee. This position would be of particular interest to students in fields such as finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position.

Trainees carry out increasingly complex responsibilities to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform a full range of assignments related to Rural Development programs and the role of Loan Specialist. Work schedule is flexible and can be negotiated to accommodate the Trainee's school obligations.

The Student Trainee will perform a variety of duties and activities related to Rural Development's loan and grant programs in Multi-Family Housing, Community Programs, Business Programs, or Single-Family Housing. Typical duties may include:

  • Maintaining electronic and manual files; collecting, gathering, and compiling data; operating automated systems

  • Receiving visitors and answering telephone inquiries

  • Assisting with or attending community outreach events

  • Assisting with preparation of loan processing, servicing and closing documents; providing information to borrowers and applicants on loan/grant programs, eligibility and funding

  • Assisting with review of loan applications for completeness and conformance with agency regulations

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days if required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    1199 Business And Industry Student Trainee

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen upon conversion

  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution.

  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience prior to completion of degree.

  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.

  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways each

academic year while in the program.

  • Must be a US Citizen or lawfully admitted to US as a permanent resident.

  • To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared.

to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306,

Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate's Electronic Questionnaires

for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to

be satisfactory. This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the

background investigation.

  • Student Trainees must serve a 2-year trial period.

  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Must be 16 years of age


The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a variety of qualifying educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore career paths related to their academic fields of study or career interests.

Interns may work flexible schedules with supervisor approval.

Interns seeking a degree in one of the following fields is preferred;

Finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology.

Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of their education and work requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 362.204. Interns selected from this vacancy announcement may be eligible for conversion to a GS-1165-05/07/09 Loan Specialist career ladder position depending on qualifications and the Agency's need.

An agency is not required to convert any individual in a Pathways position to a position in the competitive service, whether upon completion of degree requirements or otherwise. Conversion to a competitive service position is not an entitlement.

In addition to meeting the pathways requirements for conversion, an applicant converting to a Loan Specialist, GS-1165-05/07/09 is required to also meet the basic requirement for the GS-1165 series which is listed under the Qualifications Required section of the announcement. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard for the GS-1165 series click:

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following education requirements.

For the GS-03 level: Applicants must have completed 1 full academic year of post-high school study. (One full academic year is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university, or school to represent one year of full-time study).

Note: For more information on the qualification for GS-1199 series, click here:


In addition to meeting the pathways requirements for conversion, an applicant converting to an Loan Specialist, GS-1165-05/07/09 is required to also meet the OPM Qualification Standards for the 1165 as stated below prior to converting.


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology



General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience that required gathering and analyzing facts and figures, and presenting the information or conclusions in clear oral and written language; or that provided a knowledge of the principles of financial analysis or of insurance laws, such as contract, property, life, casualty, or marine insurance.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience that demonstrated competence in agricultural, commercial, realty, or other types of loans. Experience may have been gained in such work as reviewing and passing upon applications for agricultural, commercial, bank or mortgage loans; servicing a loan portfolio of a bank or other loan association; performing financial analysis of commercial concerns for investment purposes; appraising real estate to determine property valuation; or similar work.

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


All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Department Of Agriculture