Friday, October 17, 2014

Internship: VOLUNTEER - Internship, Administrative Office of US Courts (Deadelin: Oct. 31, 2014, Washington DC)

Job Title:Spring and Summer 2015 Volunteer Legal Intern (Juris Doctorate)
Department:Judicial Branch
Agency:Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Job Announcement Number:15-DAS-1232633
I.                    SALARY RANGE:
$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Hour
II.                  OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014
III.                SERIES & GRADE:
Part Time 20 hours - Seasonal
V.                 DUTY LOCATIONS:
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

VI.               WHO MAY APPLY:
This announcement is open to currently enrolled Juris Doctorate candidates.
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IX.                JOB SUMMARY: Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States.  The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.
OPPORTUNITY: The AO is seeking applicants for the Volunteer Student Internship Program. The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience and better prepare students interested in a public service career. The AO is presently looking for Juris Doctorate students. The student will have an opportunity to learn about the Federal Judiciary and the Administrative Office. They will also have the opportunity to meet Federal judges as well as Judicial officials from around the world. The internship will provide students with real world experience in researching legal issues and writing memoranda on Supreme Court case law, circuit and court rulings. Additionally, student volunteers are provided with several networking opportunities with fellow interns, agency employees, and other government employers. Past intern events have included:
1.      A Supreme Court tour and luncheon with AO student interns and Manager for Special Recruitment.
2.      A roundtable luncheon with a senior attorney to explore future government employment opportunities.
3.      Training opportunities designed to assist interns in skill development.
4.      Participation in agency instructor led trainings.
The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the third branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.
X.                  TRAVEL REQUIRED
·         Not Required
·         No
·         Relatives of current Federal Judicial Branch employees are not eligible.
·         Must be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.
·         Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
·         Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
·         All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

XIII.            DUTIES:
Student volunteers will perform a variety of administrative support duties such as:
·         Assisting with preparing division staff for international briefings and coordinating meetings of judges and chambers staff;
·         Researching issues related to judicial administrative matters, and cite-check published materials;
·         Assisting with division attorneys on current projects such as Bankruptcy Clerks' manual revisions;
·         Managing various administrative and logistical details of training programs and conferences;
·         Assisting with the updating of the civil cause code and criminal citation tables;
·         Reviewing case laws and writing practices and procedures for judicial managers;
·         Conducting legal and legislative research;
·         Attending congressional hearings and briefings;
·         Performing general office tasks, such as answering phones, copying, and filing; and
·         Assisting in special projects.

All students in the Volunteer Student Internship program must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students, taking at least a half-time academic or technical course load in an accredited post-secondary level program. Students must also be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher. 
Additional Qualification Requirements:
In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also:
·         Work well in a team environment.
·         Have very strong organization and communication skills, and be detailed oriented.
·         Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or WordPerfect.
·         Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

1.      Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
2.      All information is subject to verification.
3.      Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
4.      Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at
5.      If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.

Should you be selected for an interview, you will be evaluated based upon your responses to questions provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain what you did, and the outcome.

XVI.           BENEFITS:
The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.  Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.  
Students are eligible for up to $130 per month in monthly Metrocheck benefits to help defray commuting costs.  

The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1.      Your Resume
3.      A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4.      Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration.
·         Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
·         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
·         To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 

For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:  
·         Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
·         Transcript - Unofficial will be accepted at time of application.
·         Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.  
To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-delivery.   Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, and country of citizenship.    
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1.      To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1232633.
2.      Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.      Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2.      Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3.      Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Desiree Watkins
Phone: (202)502-1705
Agency Information:
Administrative Office of the US Courts
AO Human Resources Division
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite G-200
Washington, DC
After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official if determined qualified.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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