Thursday, January 29, 2009

USAID paid internships: deadline 2/17

USAID Paid Student Intern Program Information

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead agency for the U.S. Government providing economic development and humanitarian assistance to people around the world. By creating the conditions to help countries move from poverty to prosperity, we serve both the American public and millions of people living in countries in development and transition.

The agency will be sponsoring paid internships throughout the academic year. We seek highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students studying a wide variety of fields, including engineering, computer science, mathematics, economics, foreign languages, area studies, business administration, accounting, international relations, finance, logistics, human resources, geography, public health, national security studies, military and foreign affairs, political science and public administration.

While working, an intern can expect to have a substantive and rewarding experience conducting work that is related to his/her major. Once on board, interns are treated as full staff members and are expected to perform as such. There are two types of internships:

* SCEPs (Student Career Experience Program)-this component offers you valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. It requires a commitment from you, your school, and the employing Federal agency. You may be eligible for permanent employment conversion under this program after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.
* STEP (Student Temporary Experience Program)-this component offers temporary employment that will enable you to earn a salary while continuing your studies. Appointments to jobs under this program can range from summer jobs to positions that can last for as long as you are a student. An agency, at their discretion, may establish academic and job performance standards that students must meet to continue in the program. There is no permanent employment conversion element under this program.

The basic qualifying factors to be eligible to participate in this program are:

* U.S. Citizenship (does not include "permanent resident")
* Current Enrollment in an accredited college or university;
* In good academic standing with an accredited institution
* A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0
* A transcript indicating a student's major and GPA.
* An unofficial transcript is acceptable during the application process; however an official transcript must be submitted upon hire.

Other Significant Facts:

* These are Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. Applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working.
* As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
* DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Students tentatively selected for the internship program must undergo a background investigation and receive a security clearance. The clearance process takes approximately 90-120 days to complete from the time the forms are received by our Office of Security. Failure to obtain a security clearance will preclude candidates from obtaining an internship.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume and transcripts to the Internship Coordinator via email at or by fax at 202.216.3031. Applicants should also specify the dates they are available to work in their cover letter. Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to respond to all of the applicants individually. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Deadline for application is February 17th.