BSEE Student Trainee

Engineering and Architectural Student Trainee

GS-0899

Position Overview

Current students can begin their science career at DOI and gain valuable applied experience to pair with their studies. Engineering and architecture student trainees work in a variety of fields, including civil, mechanical, and petroleum engineering.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate works well with others in a team setting, has a keen attention to detail, and a willingness to learn through experience.

Specialty Areas

Many specialty areas exist, including architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, petroleum engineering.

Work Environment

The work is performed primarily in an office or laboratory setting, with the potential for occasional field work.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Pathways Internship Group Qualification Standard on theĀ OPM website.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Assists with making on-site inspections
    • Assists in the design of roads, facilities, or other structures
    • Collects and analyzes data

  • Mid:

    • Prepares and administers engineering construction, supply, and service contracts 
    • Reviews permits for technical adequacy and compliance with policies 
    • Conducts engineering and economic analyses to determine viability of proposals 
    • Selects and evaluates data sources and adapts methods in conducting data analysis

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Strengths by Level

Entry 2-7
Mid 9
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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    Mid 9
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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    Mid 9
  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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    Mid 9
  • Learning
    Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development.
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    Mid 9
  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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