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Student Trainee (Personnel Research Psychologist) (multiple positions)

02/05/2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Location: Washington DC

Open Period: 01/31/2019 to 02/15/2019

Salary: $56,233 to $88,450 per year

Series & Grade: GS-0199-9-11

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? As an intern, you may assist with any or all of the following: develop, implement, and evaluate assessment tools for selection or promotion; develop and administer surveys; analyze data (SPSS, MS Excel, R); write technical reports; conduct job analysis/competency modeling or gap analysis and/or program evaluation.

These positions are located in the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) HR Solutions (HRS) 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 require interacting at all levels, across multiple offices, within and external to HRS and OPM. AEB has three sections – Selection & Promotion Assessment (SPA), Leadership & Workforce Development Assessment (LWDA), and Organizational Assessment (OA). 

SPA develops, validates, and administers cognitive and non-cognitive competency assessments for selection, promotion, and diagnostic purposes to include written and non-written tests, job knowledge tests, performance tests, and computer simulations; and conducts job analyses and provides assessment training and support.  

LWDA develops, validates, and administers leadership and workforce planning assessments to assess leader and employee effectiveness by targeting competencies, personality, and leadership potential and conducts competency modeling and gap analysis for workforce training and development.  

OA develops and administers employee climate, customer satisfaction, entrance, exit, and custom surveys and leads action planning, organization development, and program evaluation efforts. 

If selected, you will work under the direction of senior Industrial/Organizational psychologists and project managers.   Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the development of innovative assessments, including designing and coordinating Governmentwide job analysis studies, creating test content, developing scoring and weighting protocols, and creating technical documentation related to activities.
  • Assist with developing, implementing, and evaluating assessment tools that may be used for selection, promotion, development, or organizational evaluation.
  • Assessment tools may include biodata, accomplishment record, cognitive ability, job knowledge, personality, situational judgment, structured interview, and training and experience.
  • Assessment tools also may include 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.
  • Contribute to writing technical reports, which could include drafting one or more sections of a report.
  • Analyze data using SPSS, MS Excel, and/or R.

Key Requirements:

  • 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)
  • Pathways participant agreement is required
  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • These are 1-year Term, Excepted Service appointments that may continue if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship Program and funding is available.


Basic Requirement:  You 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 AND  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).

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, applicants must have required education (e.g., higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology or related field (e.g., organizational development; applied, social, or applied social psychology)) and/or experience (e.g., conducting literature searches; performing statistical analyses; identifying job requirements or analyzing job analysis data; assisting with focus groups and surveys to collect job analysis data; carrying out project activities to develop tests consistent with professional and legal requirements (e.g., the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures), including item development or review; developing and/or administering assessments or organizational surveys; maintaining the integrity of data and performing quality assurance controls on data; and documenting research results).

How to Apply:

For a full description and to apply, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/522983300

NOTE: Merit Promotion, VEOA, and Non-Competitive Eligible applicants can apply via: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/522983300

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