National Telecommunications and Information Administration
$23,570.00 to $52,621.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$23,570 to $52,621 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Internship
Temporary - Temporary NTE 1 year - Full-Time
Few vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
The First Responder Network Authority, Office of the Chief Technology and Operations Officer in Boulder, CO is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways Internship Program (IP). The Pathways Internship Program (IP) targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full- or half-time basis. (Applicants who do not meet the definition of “student” will not be considered). Internship can be seasonal (spring, summer, fall) or year-round.
This position is located at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that is responsible for building deploying, operating and maintaining a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. FirstNet is governed by a 15 member Board that has significant experience in Wireless Telecommunications, Business, Technology and Public Safety.
As a Pathways Intern supporting the Technology and Innovation Division, the intern will support activities related to the planning and design of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPBSN), focusing on the radio access and/or core network and supporting ecosystems.
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The selectee will serve as a Student Trainee assisting senior computer and electronics engineers. Duties will include, but are not limited to:
Research radio access network and/or core network technology solutions for LTE and 5G networks that can be applied to the NPBSN. Includes antennas, deployables, microcells, WI-FI systems, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) technologies, etc.
Support data gathering and data analysis of RAN and/or core designs with the aim of optimizing the coverage, capacity, reliability and survivability of the network.
Support advanced network planning and modeling activities.
Participate in tests and trials to verify equipment functionality, features and performance.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Applications will only be accepted from students
enrolled in a degree or certificate-seeking (Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, etc.) academic program recognized bt the U.S. Department of Education.
Full-time during school breaks and Part-time 10 to 20 hours while attending school for students in the commuting area.
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Job family (Series)
0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen.
You must be suitable for Federal employment.
You must be registered for Selective Service (www.sss.gov), if applicable.
Must be at least 16 years of age.
Must be enrolled at least half time at a qualifying institution.
Must posses a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher out of a 4.0.
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. The duration of this Pathways appointment will serve as a trial period. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
Applicants must submit proof of current enrollment as a student and display cumulative GPA. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications. PROOF OF ENROLLMENT FOR THE CURRENT SEMESTER. This may be documented on your official/unofficial transcripts, a course schedule, an acceptance letter from your university for future enrollment, or an official letter of enrollment from the university registrar's office or a university counselor, as long as your enrollment for the current semester is clearly documented. If you do not provide proof of enrollment for the current semester, you will be disqualified from further consideration. If you are currently enrolled, but in your last semester/quarter of completing your degree/certificate requirements, you must show proof of continuing education, such as an acceptance letter, or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. All applicants must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, degree) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled). In addition, you must be enrolled in school for the duration of the appointment. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program. Applicants must possess a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. Grade-point averages 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. Applicants must be enrolled in a directly related degree program – (Include only if position the intern may be converted into has a positive education requirement) Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
To qualify for the ZP-I Student Trainee (Engineering) position you must possess the following: Completion of high school or GED diploma (equivalent to GS-2); OR completion of I full academic year of post-high school study (equivalent to GS-3); OR completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree (equivalent to GS-4); OR completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree (equivalent to GS-5). OR One year specialized experience related to the planning and design of the National Public Safety broadband Network (NPBSN).
NOTE: At the time of application, ALL APPLICANTS are required TO BE ENROLLED or HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED for enrollment and seeking a degree, diploma or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a FULL OR HALF-TIME basis. Copies of your unofficial transcripts and/or a current proof of enrollment letter are required at the time of application to be considered for this program. The enrollment letter can be obtained from your school.
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your transcripts, resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, your application will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by veterans preference status: (1) Preference eligible; (2) Candidates not eligible for veterans preference.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc
. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov
. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Agency contact information
Maria A Dorsey Maria A Dorsey
NAT'L TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFO ADMINISTRATION
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
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You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov
and clicking on Track Your Online Application. The four points of notification are:
Application Received or Application Incomplete;
Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).
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National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Website : http://www.ntia.doc.gov
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), located within the Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth. These goals are critical to America’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy and to addressing many of the nation’s most pressing needs, such as improving education, health care, and public safety.