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Personnel Research Psychologist Student Intern (multiple positions)

11/19/2019 10:10 AM | Anonymous
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management

    Location: Washington DC and Kansas City, MO

    Open Period: 11/14/2019 to 12/2/2019

    Salary: $51,853 to $90,461 / Per Year

    Series & Grade: GS-0199-9-11

    Webinar Opportunity:

    OPM will be hosting a couple of webinars to provide additional information about our organization and the kinds of projects our psychologists complete.  If you would like to attend a webinar, please send an email to Leadership_Assessment@opm.gov.

    About the Job

    Are you a graduate student interested in working with senior industrial/organizational psychologists to deliver employment and organizational assessment services to Federal agencies?  You could be part of a team working to develop, implement, and evaluate assessment tools for selection or promotion; develop and administer surveys; analyze data using SPSS, Excel, or R; write technical reports; conduct job analysis/competency modeling or gap analysis and/or program evaluation.

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has multiple Personnel Research Psychologist Student Intern positions that will be filled through the Pathways Student Internship Program. The Pathways Student Internship Program offers paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. These internships are in OPM’s HR Solutions, Assessment & Evaluation Branch (AEB). AEB provides assessment services on a reimbursable basis to other Federal agencies and offers a fast-paced environment where your duties and responsibilities will involve interacting with other psychologists, HR Specialists, and program managers across offices within and external to AEB.

    The duties of the intern position will be performed under the direction of senior Industrial/Organizational psychologists and project managers, and typical duties include:

  • Assist with developing, implementing, and evaluating assessment tools that may be used for selection, promotion, development, or organizational evaluation. Assessment tools could include biodata, accomplishment record, cognitive ability, job knowledge, personality, situational judgment, structured interview, training and experience, work samples, multi-source feedback, leadership assessments, and organizational surveys.
  • Assist with occupational analysis/competency modeling, including developing task and competency lists, conducting SME panels, conducting job analysis surveys, and analyzing job analysis survey data.
  • Assist with workforce gap analysis, including identifying target competencies, developing surveys, and analyzing results to determine gaps.
  • Contribute to the writing of technical reports, which could include drafting one or more sections of a report.
  • Analyze data using SPSS, Excel, and/or R.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessments

More information about the Pathways Student Internship Program can be found here:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=intern

Job Requirements

To meet the Intern Eligibility requirements, you 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).

Key Requirements


Basic Education Requirement: All applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited or pre-accredited academic institution leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with a major or equivalent in psychology to receive further consideration. 

Additionally, each grade level has specific experience and/or education qualification requirements for selection.  The minimum requirement for the GS-9 grade level, which is the least senior position, is at least two years of progressively higher graduate level education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a related field (for example, applied psychology, social psychology, applied social psychology, organizational development) OR one year of specialized experience performing Industrial/Organizational Psychology work (for example, conducting literature searches; performing statistical analyses; identifying job requirements or analyzing job analysis data; administering routine assessments or organizational surveys; maintaining the integrity of data and performing quality assurance controls on data). An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be used to qualify for the GS-9 grade level.  Please see the job opportunity announcement for the specific qualification requirements for the GS-9 and GS-11 grade levels. 

How to Apply:

For a full description and to apply, visit:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/551625300

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