Tuesday, January 09, 2007

EPA Region 6 2007 Summer Intern Honors Program, Office of Regional Counsel

EPA Region 6 Office of Regional Counsel
2007 Summer Intern Honors Program

The Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Region 6, located in Dallas, Texas, is looking for three
law students to participate in our Summer Intern Honors Program. Under
this program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 will
select three students to work as interns in an intensive training
program that will expose them to demanding front-line environmental
enforcement or counseling work this summer. Selections will be made on
a rolling basis until all positions are filled, and no applications will
be accepted after March 16, 2007. Accepted law students can expect to
work on both substantive and procedural matters involving almost every
EPA program (e.g., Superfund, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act,
etc.), attend strategy meetings with agency clients and negotiations
with the regulated community in enforcement and other cases, receive
formal briefings from agency expert attorneys on current front-burner
issues, and participate in local environmental bar educational and
social sessions.

Applicants must meet the requirements of EPA Order 3100.4B (text
attached; if the order is not legible in the electronic format in which
it appears, send an email to Ms. Chang-Vaughan and it will be sent to
you in PDF format) to participate in this program. The Summer Intern
Honors Program will begin May 14, 2007, and will end August 24, 2007.
Region 6 understands that students may be available only during part of
the summer and we will try to accommodate student availability.
Although Region 6 encourages applicants from across the nation, EPA
cannot provide travel expenses. Moreover, as stated in Order 3100.4B, a
student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purpose other than
injury compensation and the Federal Tort Claims Act. These are unpaid
positions. Service is not creditable for leave accrual or any other
employee benefit.

Students who wish to participate in the Summer Intern Honors
Program must submit a:
1. Cover Letter (Applicant’s Letter of Intent)
2. Resume
3. Writing Sample
4. Sponsorship Letter from Applicant’s Law School (model
attached)
5. EPA Form 3100-14 (attached) (applicant should fill out only
the areas which call for the applicant’s name, citizenship
information, proposed arrival date, proposed termination
date, and information regarding the sponsoring institution.
Applicants must also sign Form 3100-14 at “participant
signature”).

Applicants should E-mail, post, or fax these documents to:
Ellen Chang-Vaughan (6RC-EW)
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
chang-vaughan.ellen@epa.gov
Fax (214) 665-3177
Phone (214) 665-7328

As indicated in the order, students must be sponsored by a law
school. The law school must submit a letter which states the
applicant’s eligibility and explains the relevance of the Summer Honors
Intern Program to the student’s educational goals. A model letter is
attached to this announcement. Questions regarding this program should
be addressed to Ms. Chang-Vaughan at (214) 665-7328. The Environmental
Protection Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, minorities
and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




MODEL LETTER:

[date]
Ms. Ellen Chang-Vaughan
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. EPA Region 6 (6RC-EW)
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202-2733

Re: EPA Region 6 2007 Summer Intern Honors Program

Dear Ms. Chang-Vaughan:

This is to inform you that [student name] is a student in good
standing at [law school name] and eligible for participation in the EPA
Region 6 2007 Summer Intern Honors Program. If [student name] is
accepted to the Summer Intern Honors Program the work [he/she] performs
under the Program will be relevant to [his/her] educational goals in
that [he/she] has a strong interest in environmental law, and the
experience will complement [his/her] law studies at [law school name].
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call me at
[telephone number].

Sincerely yours,




[name]
[title (law professor or school official)]


Environmental

Protection ORDER
3100.4B

Agency


May 19, 1980
______________________________________________________________________________
PERSONNEL - GENERAL
______________________________________________________________________________

VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROGRAM

1. PURPOSE. This Order contains EPA policies and procedures
relating to the acceptance of volunteer services from eligible students
under section 301 of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.

2. BACKGROUND. The Volunteer Service Program was authorized by the
Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 so that agencies could accept student
volunteers for educationally related work assignments in nonpay status.
This program is not a substitute for existing youth programs where
students are given Federal appointments and receive pay. Rather it
provides an additional opportunity to provide work experiences to
students who by choice or design are not entitled to compensation.

3. DEFINITIONS.

a. “Volunteer service” is service performed by a student, with
the permission of the institution at which the student is enrolled, as
part of a program to provide educational experience for the student.
Such student service is to be uncompensated and will not be used to
displace any employee or to staff a vacancy which is a normal part of
EPA’s workforce.

b. “Student” is an individual who is enrolled no less than
half-time in a high school, trade school, technical or vocational
institution, junior college, college, university, or comparable
recognized educational institution.

c. “Agreement” is a written document developed jointly by the
school agency outlining the responsibilities of each and providing
conditions surrounding the student’s work assignment. The agreement
form is shown in Figure 1.

4. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES. The Volunteer Service Program is designed
to enrich educational programs; relate education to the occupational
needs of both EPA and participating students; provide students the
opportunity for early career exploration and work exposure; and to
encourage interest in environmental studies and careers.
______________________________________________________________________________
Dist:
Initiated by: PM-212



ORDER 3100.4B
May 19, 1980
______________________________________________________________________________

5. POLICY. It is EPA Policy to use the Volunteer Service Program
to promote career awareness and to carry out affirmative action
objectives. The EPA reserves the right to control the character and
extent of the work assignments and studies, especially where safety is
involved or where the public interest or EPA programs may be affected.

6. RESPONSIBILITIES.

a. Supervisors of Hosting Organizations. Supervisors who
decide to participate in volunteer service assignments must secure prior
approval from their servicing personnel office for each assignment.

b. Servicing Personnel Office. The servicing personnel officer
is responsible for making determinations as to compliance with the
standards of this order and for keeping records of the service of all
student volunteers.

7. STATUS OF STUDENT VOLUNTEERS. Volunteer services must be
consistent with the appropriate laws on the use of minors. Students
participating in this program are not considered Federal employees for
any purpose other than (a) the Federal Tort Claims Act and (b) the
Federal Employees compensation Act.

8. PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS. The Volunteer Service Program is subject to
the following standards:

a. Volunteer services must be consistent with the programs of
the Agency, offer the prospect of fruitful interchange of ideas and
information between EPA personnel and students, and not interfere with
EPA programs. The program should benefit the volunteer’s educational
goals.

b. Appropriate space, facilities, and equipment must be
available and not require additional acquisitions other than for normal
replacement of expendable supplies.

c. Host organizations are not prohibited from accepting
volunteers who are relatives of EPA employees but must avoid giving them
any preferential treatment.

d. The EPA funds will not be used to pay any salary costs for
the research and studies associated with a volunteer’s project.
However, indirect supervision may be provided by the host organization
as deemed necessary.


ORDER 3100.4B
May 19, 1980
______________________________________________________________________________

e. Volunteers must agree that the results of their research and
study, including material and inventions subject to copyright or patent,
will be dedicated to the public and become part of the public domain
except as otherwise authorized in accordance with Agency policies and
procedures, or approved as a waiver by the Agency.

f. Each volunteer will be expected to use the facilities and
equipment with care and complete the work study project within any
prescribed time limit.

g. Volunteers may not sign requisitions for supplies and
equipment or any other Agency document, supervise any other individual,
or operate a Government vehicle.

9. PROGRAM PROCEDURES.

a. Request for Approval. Offices seeking to participate in
voluntary service projects must submit through normal supervisory
channels to their personnel officer the following:

1. A completed and signed EPA Form 3100-14, Volunteer
Service Program Participant Agreement (Figure 1), for the proposed
participant, detailing the proposed program of study, its expected
duration, supervision, facilities and equipment required, and including
waivers of the right to compensation and the right to any patents or
other intellectual property acquired as a result of voluntary service at
EPA.

2. A completed Standard form 171, Personal Qualifications
Statement for each volunteer.

3. A letter from the volunteer’s educational institution
attesting to the relevance of the proposed work study program to the
student’s educational goals.

4. A SF 52, Request for Personnel Action with name of
student, date of birth, social security number, proposed effective date
and host office.

b. Approval by the Personnel Office. Upon approval by the
servicing personnel office, the requesting organization will be
notified.

c. Termination of Study. The host organization must notify the
servicing personnel office of the termination of each volunteer’s
program of study. An SF 52 Request for Personnel Action-Termination,
should be completed and submitted to the servicing personnel office
within ten (10) workdays after termination of study.


ORDER 3100.4B
May 19, 1980
______________________________________________________________________________

10. DOCUMENTATION OF SERVICE.

a. General. Although student volunteers are not Federal
employees, their service is creditable for competitive examination
purposes and participating schools, particularly those which award
credit for service, may require certification of periods of service.
Therefore, volunteer service must be documented on the Standard form 50
(SF 50), “Notification of Personnel Action,” completed as shown in
Figures 2 and 3. Copies of SF 50 should not be forwarded to the Office
of Personnel Management nor should agencies transmit data on student
volunteers to the Central Personnel Data Files (CPDF). Each SF 50 must
carry the remark: “Under 5 U.S.C. 3111, a student volunteer is not a
Federal employee for any purposes other than injury compensation and the
Federal Tort Claims Act. Service is not creditable for leave accrual or
any other employee benefits.”

b. Appointments. Student volunteer appointments will be
documented as Volunteer Service - without compensation.

c. Separations. When the period of volunteer service has ended,
an SF 50 must be prepared to show termination (not resignation). The SF
50 should also include under item 30, “Remarks,” a statement of the
total service in hours or days rendered between the appointment and
separation dates.

d. Records. For each student volunteer, the servicing personnel
officer will establish an official personnel folder (OPF) to contain
copies of appointment and termination SF 50s, SF 171 of student
volunteer, and a completed Volunteer Service Program Agreement. These
documents should be filed on the right (permanent) side of the OPF.
When volunteer service is terminated, the OPF should be sent to the
National Personnel Records Center, following the instructions in FPM
Supplement 293-31.

e. Acknowledgment. Hosting organizations are encouraged to
acknowledge successfully completed volunteer assignments with a “Thank
you” letter to the school and the volunteer.

11. PROGRAM REPORTING AND EVALUATION.

a. No formal reporting requirements are established at this time;
however, servicing personnel officers should maintain the following
information on each volunteer student for possible future reports:

ORDER 3100.4B
May 19, 1980
______________________________________________________________________________


1. Academic Level - data should reflect information to show
if student is enrolled in, (1) high school, (2) trade school, (3)
vocational or technical institution, (4) junior college (Associate
Degree), (5) college (Baccalaureate Degree), (60 graduate school or
comparable recognized educational institution.

2. Academic discipline (See FPM Supplement 292-1)

3. Duty station (by State) (See GSA world wide geographic
location codes, November 1976)

4. Sex

5. Race or ethnic background (See FPM chapter 713, section
3)

b. This Volunteer Service Program will be reviewed and evaluated
as part of the Agency’s overall Personnel management Evaluation Program.


/s/

Edward J. Hanley
Deputy Assistant Administrator
for Management and Agency Services
ORDER 3100.4B
May 19, 1980
______________________________________________________________________________
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
________________________________________________________________________________________
NAME OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANT CITIZEN OF U.S. PROJECT
SUPERVISOR
Q YES Q NO
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PROPOSED ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENT (Include geographical Location)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PROPOSED ARRIVAL DATE ACTUAL ARRIVAL DATE PROPOSED
TERMINATION ACTUAL TERMINATION

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SPONSORED BY EDUCATIONAL NAME AND ADDRESS OF INSTITUTION (If “YES”)
INSTITUTION
Q YES Q NO
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
DESCRIBE PROJECT(S) ON WHICH PARTICIPANT WILL WORK, INCLUDING SCOPE AND
ANTICIPATED HOURS PER WEEK





____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY EPA



____________________________________________________________________________________________________________DEGREE
OF SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED BY EPA



____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ASSISTANCE AND DEGREE OF COOPERATION REQUIRED OF OTHER AGENCY PERSONNEL
BY PARTICIPANT


____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PROJECT SUPERVISOR CERTIFIES THAT SERVICES TO BE PRODUCED BY THE PROGRAM
PARTICIPANT ARE NOT SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THROUGH EPA AGENCY OPERATIONS


_____________________________________________
SIGNATURE OF SUPERVISOR
______________________________________________________________________________________________________

THE VOLUNTEER AGREES THAT:

a. Any and all claims for compensation from the government of the
United States are waived for any services performed;

b. The Government has a non--exclusive royalty--free license to
use or reproduce and patent or copyright material which is
developed as part of and during participation in this program; and

c. He/she will adhere to the administrative instructions and
requirements of the agency while on EPA premises.


______________________________________________
PARTICIPANT SIGNATURE
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PERSONNEL OFFICE SIGNATURE OF PERSONNEL OFFICER OR DESIGNEE
DATE
CONCURRENCE
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

EPA Form 3100-14 (Rev. 5-80) Replaces the 7-79 edition and the 12-77
edition which was entitled “Unpaid Work-Study program.”

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