Student Cooperative – Office of Audit – Inspection Service Team

US Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Arlington, VA

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    United States
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    US Office of the Inspector General, USPS
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  • Description



    The USPS OIG is seeking students enrolled in college/university programs to fill our Student Cooperative position in the Office of Audit’s Inspection Service Directorate in Arlington, Virginia.


    The Student Cooperative Program is available for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school.

    This position is being advertised at the Administrative Band level. The salary range for this position is $19.08/hour to $22.98/hour. Locality Pay is authorized and included.

    Sophomore $19.08 per hour
    Junior/Senior $20.28 per hour
    Graduate or Law Student $22.98 per hour

    Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the area of assignment. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

    The student cooperative performs specialized duties with continuing responsibility for projects, questions, or issues that arise in the area of assignment/curriculum. Each assignment typically consists of a series of related actions or decisions prior to final completion.

    • Addresses a wide variety of problems or situations common to the segment of the program or function to which the employee is assigned. Decisions or recommendations are based on the development and evaluation of information that comes from various sources.
    • Identifies and studies factors or conditions and determines their interrelationships as appropriate to the defined area of work.
    • Takes or recommends actions that are consistent with the objectives and requirements of the program or functions.
    • Recognizes the dimensions of the problems involved, collects the necessary information, establishes the facts, and takes or recommends action based upon application or interpretation of established guidelines.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    • Job family (Series)

      0599 Financial Management Student Trainee

    • Requirements


      Conditions of Employment

      • Must be a U.S. Citizen
      • Must be able to pass a drug screening and medical assessment questionnaire.
      • Must be able to pass and maintain a Moderate Background Investigation (MBI).
      • Must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week
      • May require some travel


      Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant’s ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on will be considered.


      You must meet ALL of the minimum requirements.

      • Students must be currently enrolled full or half-time in an accredited college or university program, classified or academically ranked by semester hours as a Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student graduating no sooner than May 2022. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPT STATING CURRENT ENROLLMENT STATUS, GPA AND IN GOOD STANDING)
      • Must be in academic good standing as defined by the college or university, earning at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.
      • Must be able to report to work in the USPS OIG office for which you are selected during core business hours.
      • Must have experience with computer software applications such as Microsoft Office, Excel, etc.


      • Criminal Justice, Law, Forensics, Political Science degree programs
      • Intermediate Excel (Pivot Tables), PowerBI for visualizations and reporting


      • USA Hire Assessment
      • A structured Interview will be conducted for the top rated applicants to validate your experience meets the critical competencies at the minimum proficiency level:
      • Collaboration and Teamwork – Experience working with others to build constructive and collaborative working relationships in order to solve problems and achieve
      • Communication – Experience communicating orally and in writing sufficient to convey information in a clear, concise manner appropriate for the targeted audience, using the appropriate methodology (e.g., speaking, email, documentation, reports, and presentations), and active listening skills.
      • Technology/Software Fluency – Experience using word processing, spreadsheet/data analysis and presentation development software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint while preparing briefings, reports and presentations.
      • Analysis/Critical Thinking – Knowledge or experience using routine data collection and diagnostic tools, techniques, and procedures sufficient to clarify a situation, identify needed information (e.g., resources, materials, knowledge from others), collect and document information in an organized manner, and to prepare standardized reports summarizing information.
      • Accuracy/Attention to Detail – Experience reviewing information and materials sufficient to ensure completeness and accuracy of one’s own work and to ensure standard operating procedures are followed correctly.
      • Stress Tolerance/Resiliency – Experience performing effectively when faced with time pressure, adversity, disappointment or opposition
      • Audit Interest


      Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

      Additional information

      Student Cooperatives are not eligible for USPS OIG Employee Benefits.

      Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:

      How You Will Be Evaluated

      You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

      Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your responses to the online assessments completed during the application process as well as a structured interview. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) during the online assessment:

      • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Accepts responsibility for mistakes
      • Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail
      • 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
      • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations
      • Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
      • Integrity/Honesty: Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others
      • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences
      • Learning: Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills
      • Reading: Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables
      • Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve
      • Stress Tolerance: Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations, dangerous situations)
      • Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit

      Top rated applicants will be invited to participate in a structured interview. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on any application step. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review official or the selecting official for further consideration. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible based on your interview performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision.

      Background checks and security clearance

      Security clearance


      Drug test required


    • Required Documents

      Required Documents

      You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Vacancy Announcement 11115167, by closing date 05/28/2021.

      1. RESUME. When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT: You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.

      2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. (Required: You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process)

      3. TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant’s name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor’s Degree issued. Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent. (Required: Upload and save as "Transcript" document.)

      4. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:

      • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document.
      • Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans’ preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
      • Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at .

      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.

    • Benefits


      A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

      Review our benefits

      Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


    This job is open to

    • Students

      Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

    Clarification from the agency

    Open to U.S. Citizens who are students currently enrolled full or part-time in an accredited college or university program, classified or academically ranked by semester hours as a Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student.

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