• Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates
    12/08/2020 to 01/22/2021
  • Service
  • Pay scale & grade
    GS 3 – 4
  • Salary
    $28,083 to $45,652 per year
    Arlington, VA: $31,284-$45,652; Lakewood, CO: $30,481-$44,480; Boston, MA: $30,955-$45,173; Kansas City, MO: $28,083-$40,981
  • Appointment type
  • Work schedule
    Multiple Schedules

Duties Summary

Who May Be Considered:
Pathways Student eligible
View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.


Joining the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security. Within CISA, the Office of the Director provides leadership to the Agency’s efforts to defend civilian networks, secure federal facilities, manage systemic risk to National critical functions, and work with stakeholders to raise the security baseline of the Nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure.

Visit to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.

Selected students will perform duties in business administration, business management, office management, financial management, external engagement/outreach, program management, and/or project management. Students may be placed in a wide variety of offices with differing functions across the agency. Duties and assignments will reflect the mission and the work of the assigned office and may be focused on traditional business/management support functions, or may be focused on mission support functions related to the security of critical or digital infrastructure.

Major duties in this Student Trainee position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting program analysts, senior specialists and supervisor in conducting program functions, such as planning and organizing actions necessary to accomplish short and long program goals.
  • Analyzing simple problems such as changes in procedures, work flow, and business operations.
  • Using computer software to assist staff in tasks such as writing business procedures, designing flow charts, creating and maintaining spreadsheets or databases, designing data analysis and charts, and or creating/editing reports or briefing materials.
  • Assisting with the collection of data for studies, reports, and routine correspondence.
  • Assisting in maintaining filing system for office in accordance with Federal records keeping requirements.

Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions of Employment

  • You to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • This position is subject to random drug testing
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust Background Investigation
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 United States Code Section 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • If selected, you must sign the Pathways Internship Participant agreement upon appointment.
  • You must be an enrolled student at the time of appointment.
  • Students are required to stay enrolled at least half-time per semester to continue participation in the Pathways Internship Program and provide verification (transcripts) of successfully completion of courses every semester.
  • Applicants who graduate college at the conclusion of the Spring 2021 semester may only be considered if they remain enrolled and are also accepted for enrollment for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Your schedule during the academic year is negotiable. During school breaks and summers, travel to/from the official duty station and housing expenses, will be at the student’s expense.
  • Students are require to remain in good academic standing which is defined as initially possessing a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher and maintaining it while employed in the Pathways Internship Program.
  • Interns are on a trial period throughout the course of the internship.
  • If interns successfully completes the internship requirements and they are converted to the competitive service, time spent in a trial period will count towards the required one year probationary period.

Pathways Internship Eligibility
You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be currently enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time schedule as a student at an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs (e.g., graduate school, law school); or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a degree or certificate. Certificate programs must be one academic year in duration. Must meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of the appointment.

You qualify for the GS-03 grade level (starting salary $28,083.00) ifyou have completed one (1) full academic year of post-high school study from an accredited educational institution. (Copy of transcripts must be submitted)

You qualify for the GS-04 grade level (starting salary $31,526.00) ifyou have completed two (2) full academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree from an accredited educational institution. (Copy of transcripts must be submitted).

NOTE: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses.

Note: All applicants must provide their most recent documentation of their eligibility (e.g., transcripts, official letters documenting enrollment, etc.) as part of their application package.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

Note about the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation: Your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, training and self-development will be evaluated as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in your resume/application and any other supporting documents.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Qualifications Must Be Met
The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of in-person or phone panel interview.

Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.

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