U. S. Sentencing Commission Volunteer Student Intern in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

This announcement is open until filled. This internship is for the 2017 fall semester. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position will close when the position has been filled.

The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. The Commission's location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.

This volunteer student internship is located in the Commission's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA). The student intern reports to the Director of OLPA. The student intern must be enrolled in either a law or graduate program and be able to receive academic credit for the 2017 fall semester. The student intern will gain substantive experience within OLPA by performing a variety of tasks relating to supporting the mission of the Commission. The student intern will also have an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process, federal sentencing and crime policy, and the Federal Judiciary.

Volunteer student interns may work during the school year and/or during school vacation periods. The volunteer student intern must commit to volunteering at least 15 hours a week. A work schedule will be established once on-board.


The key responsibilities of the OLPA volunteer student intern are the following:

  • Assist with the preparation of materials in support of the Commission's public meetings and hearings.
  • Support OLPA's outreach efforts to Congress designed to educate members of Congress regarding the Commission's proposed amendments and research products.
  • Perform administrative tasks as directed by the Director of OLPA.
  • Provide assistance to OLPA staff as needed.
Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS The volunteer student intern must possess the following qualities:

  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Preference will be given to applicants who have legislative and/or publications/public affairs-related experience or course(s) of study.

To be considered for the volunteer student intern program, you must:

  • Apply via the on-line application on USAjobs.gov.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Provide a work permit if you are under the age of 18 before you can start work.
  • Actively be enrolled as a degree-seeking law or graduate student at an accredited educational institution.
  • Be receiving college credit for your volunteer service.
  • Be available to volunteer at least 15 hours per week.
  • Pass a background investigation, and willing to sign a confidentiality statement.
  • Continue enrollment in your program for the duration of your volunteer service.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be considered and their application materials will be forwarded to the screening panel for review. Applicants who do not meet the mandatory qualification requirements for the position are automatically disqualified from consideration. In addition, some applicants may be tested using various assessment tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an applicant's experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for consideration and selection.


Review our benefits

Other Information

Volunteer student interns are eligible to receive up to $255 in monthly transit benefits.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476848600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2018-08-10

Salary: $0 to $0 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Series: 0904 Law Clerk

Appointment type: Temporary

Work schedule: Part-Time - 15 Hours

Job announcement number: 17-13

Control number: 476848600