Student Trainee

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Saginaw , MI 48601

Posted 3 months ago



This Student Trainee position is located in Nutrition and Environmental Services (NES) located at the Aleda E. Lutz VAMC in Saginaw, Michigan.

The primary purpose of the Student Trainee position is to provide administrative support for nutrition programs delivered to U.S. Military Veterans, recruits, Active Duty and eligible beneficiaries.


The Student will receive varied assignments designed to provide on-the-job training and experience in the activities conducted within the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center as they relate to Healthcare Administration, The Joint Commission and the overall performance improvement of the organization. Duties include but are not limited to:
Assisting higher level employees and other staff members in establishing an effective management system for planning and monitoring activities conducted by the assigned program or administrative staff.
Designs charts, graphs, and other narrative information for management or program analysis reports from materials provided by higher level employees.
Assists higher level employees and other staff members in performing analytical and technical work; assist in collecting and analyzing clinical outcomes data; gathers, sorts and compiles patient education materials; provide support for patient scheduling and data collection; identify potential and actual problems and probable causes of system operations; research special issues and gather information; report findings for the full scope of a program or function or identify information for an aspect or aspects of a program or function.
The Student will perform a variety of clerical or technical support duties involving use of computerized office applications and data bases, including use of the foodservice and nutrition management software system.
Work schedule: Between 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, hours are negotiable based on student's class schedule, as agreed upon by the service supervisor)
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Student Trainee / 3556-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation

Physical Requirements:
The work is sedentary.

Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of items such as papers or books. Significant use of computer and computer keyboard generated assessments requires basic typing and data tracking ability.

Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: 09/24/2018.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.

The Internship provides manager's a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit .

This opportunity is open to current degree or certificate seeking students at a qualifying educational institution OR to students that have been admitted/accepted for enrollment at a qualifying education institution. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility.

NOTE: You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship.

If you cannot, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "REQUIREMENTS" section of this vacancy announcement to ensure that you qualify for this internship.

To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met:

1.Be a U.S. Citizen;
2.Be at least 16 years of age;
3.Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis;
4.If enrolled, you must be in good academic standing (At least a 2.0 GPA);
5.Provide current transcript or proof of enrollment/acceptance;
6.Provide a detailed resume showing your eligibility for this position (please include the month and year for all dates);
7.Successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment;
8.Use of Direct Deposit required;
9.Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement (this will be signed once student is onboard); and
10. All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Grade Requirements:


Education: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.

Reference: Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualifications Standard,

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.

Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.

The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an .

All employees are required to participate in the seasonal influenza prevention program per VHA Directive 1192.

The Medical Center is smoke free in all areas other than the one designated area for employees.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (You must see the checklist below to determine if you are required to submit other documents required to determine your eligibility/qualifications for the position):


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as current Federal Service employee, provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are in the competitive or excepted service (please do not submit Award SF-50's).

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire.

You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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