Student Trainee (Auditor)

Seattle, Washington State
Not Specified
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 25, 2019
Job Role
Job Type
Internship, Permanent
Travel Required
Minimum Experience Required
4 years
Degree Required
High School
Manages Others?
    Duties   Summary  

    The Pathways Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the civil service. This position starts at a salary of $28,425.00 (GS-03, Step 1) to $41,478.00 (GS-04, Step 10). 


    Organizational Location:  This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade. Locations negotiable upon selection in one of the following duty stations below:  

    • Atlanta, GA 
    • Boston, MA 
    • Chicago, IL 
    • Detroit, MI 
    • Houston, TX 
    • Long Beach, CA 
    • Miami, FL 
    • New York, NY 
    • Philadelphia, PA 
    • San Francisco, CA 
    Typical job duties include:
    • Applying conventional audit techniques under the guidance of a supervisory auditor or higher-level auditor in charge to complete fundamental and relatively uncomplicated audits or portions of more complicated audits; 
    • Serving as a student trainee/trainee, assigned to senior managers and auditors in charge, in the performance of auditing and accounting function; 
    • Performs a variety of assigned tasks designed to provide on-the-job training and experience in auditing Importers and other trade related entities through the practical application of generally accepted government auditing standards and RAAAS policy and procedures; 
    • Preparing automated audit documentation in the form of documents, spreadsheets, pivot tables, charts, etc., to provide sufficient and appropriate evidence to support audit findings. 
     Travel Required  

    Not required 

     Supervisory status   


     Promotion Potential   


  • Job family (Series)  

    0511 Auditing  

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  • Requirements  

    Requirements   Conditions of Employment  
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position 
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service 
    • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below) 
    • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph 
    • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
      Must be at least 16 years old 
    • Proof of student status must be submitted with the application 
    Qualifications   You must  be a student who has been accepted for enrollment or who is currently enrolled and seeking a degree, diploma or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis (half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled).

    And must meet the following education requirements: 

    GS-03 qualification:  Completion of I full academic year of post-high school study.

    GS-04 qualification:  Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree.

    One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 09/24/2019.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Background Investigation:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link .

    Residency:  There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
    • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military 
    • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government 
    • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university 
    • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government 
    Schedules:  Positions can be filled on full-time and part-time basis. Part-time schedules are typically 16 to 32 hours per administrative workweek, prearranged on a scheduled tour of duty.

    Trial Period:  The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participant’s trial period.

    Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement:  Pathways students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate studies or lower program, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for a master’s program or higher program.   Education  

    Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.  

     Additional information  

    Conversions:  Interns may be non-competitively converted from the internship program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service within 120 days following successful completion of all their educational requirements in accordance with section 5 CFR 362.204 given there is an available position; however, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. If converted, this position will likely fill a GS-0511 Auditor position. Please note the expected conversion position has an education requirement of:  

    Basic Requirements  
    • Degree:  accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") 


    • Combination of education and experience:  at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant’s background must also include one of the following: 

      • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 
      • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 
      • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant’s education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. 

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


       How You Will Be Evaluated  

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

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, will be referred to the hiring official in the following order:

    Veterans Preference Status:
    1. Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more
    2. Other 10-point preference eligibles
    3. 5-point preference eligibles
    4. Non-preference eligible

    If you are qualified and referred, you may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see

    This position is covered by the bargaining unit.

    A Pathways Participant Agreement will be required if you are selected for a position. This agreement must be signed by all applicable parties prior to entrance on duty.

    Students are required to meet enrollment requirements and remain in good academic standing for the full duration of their appointment in order to maintain eligibility for the Pathways Internship program.



    Background checks and security clearance   Security clearance  

    Not Required  

     Drug test required  


  • Required Documents  

    Required Documents  
    • Your resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history including a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), your hours worked per week, job title, as well as series, grade, and salary (if applicable). NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation. 
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire: 
    • Your transcripts:  Submit a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable at this time; however, official copies will be required prior to entrance on duty) or a list of coursework with hours completed provided from the institution. Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see  
    • A letter of acceptance OR current enrollment  to an accredited college or university. 
    • Are you a veteran?  To apply veterans’ preference you must submit proof of eligibility as appropriate for your preference type:
      • Five Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period 
      • Ten Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15  (application for 10 Point Veterans’ Preference). Submitting an SF-15 with your application is encouraged. Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later, OR supporting documentation as listed in the SF-15 
      • If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected type of discharge, and anticipated date of separation. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 upon separation from the military. 
      • For more information about veterans’ preference visit this link 
    • Are you a current or former federal employee?  If yes, it is recommended that you submit a copy of your SF-50(s) (Notification of Personnel Action) to support your experience. 
    • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?  Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
      • Position title 
      • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee) 
      • Agency 
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment 
    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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