Student Trainee (Instructional Systems Assistant)
US Department of Transportation
 Oklahoma City, OK
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This is a Part-Time internship in the Pathways Internship Program performing instructional Systems duties. The Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) is an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology within the U.S. Department of Transportation. TSI's Strategic Plan commits the Institute to its mission of developing and providing world-class safety, security, and environmental training, products, and/or services for both public and private sectors.

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The Student Trainee (Instructional Systems Assistant) Pathways Intern will:

  • Provide professional education and training services to division personnel responsible for planning, developing, conducting, validating, and administering training programs. Assist in the development of training proposals, job task analysis, training development plans, course design guides, and course reports.
  • Participate in, and supports the TSI learning management system, incorporating system improvements and efficiencies to address TSI goals and objectives.
  • Perform ongoing educational and training research to keep abreast of current training technology for incorporation into division training programs.
  • Maintain currency in instructional design job task analyses, instructional technology, multimedia approaches, training aids and devices, and evaluation techniques.
  • Compare effectiveness of alternate training approaches in a variety of types of training areas and situations.
  • Research diverse training programs with special emphasis on media design, instructional design, training, devices, and performance measurement.
  • Provide assistance to subject matter experts, technical specialists, and associate staff for sponsored training programs. Use computer system graphics in the development and modification of course material, lesson plans, training aids and other instructional materials in accordance with the course sponsor's request.

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking, proactive individual who is able to work well with others and manage a varied workload. You will work collaboratively within your division and across the organization assisting in the development of training proposals and plans, and supporting the TSI learning management system. Relevant coursework includes special emphasis on media and instructional design.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1799 Education Student Trainee

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must meet the qualification standards of the position
  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must complete a background investigation
  • This position is telework eligible
  • Review Required Documents section as documents are required by closing date
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date


  • UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • INTERNSHIP: Must meet the requirements for the Internship Program.
  • PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: Must be enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate at least half-time.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must complete a background investigation.
  • DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment.
  • STUDENT STATUS: You must maintain status as a current student while on this appointment.
  • DEGREE: Must be related to the position.
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Intern should be able to work at least 20 hours per week, depending on academic schedule, and preferably full-time during the summer. This is position is eligible for telework.
  • PHYSICAL LOCATION: Intern will be required to work onsite.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: The intern is in a trial period throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment.
  • All applicants are required to provide proof of current student enrollment such as a current/fall 2019 unofficial transcript (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or a letter from a school official (e.g. registrar, advisor, etc.) by the closing date of the advertisement or will be disqualified from further consideration.
  • All applicants invited to an interview will be required to bring documentation of enrollment in the spring 2020 semester/quarter.
  • All applicants must have at least 6 months remaining in their studies before they complete their current degree requirements or must enroll in another qualifying degree program upon completion of current requirements.
  • Students graduating before September 1, 2020 may apply but will be required to provide documentation of application or acceptance for future enrollment in another qualifying degree program if invited for an interview.
  • If selected, you will be required to provide Official transcripts.
  • A writing sample may be requested.

You must sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.


This position has an education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

GS-4 Completion of two academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.

GS-5 Completion of four academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or four academic years of pre-professional study

GS-7 Completion of one academic year of graduate level education; OR bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook; OR five academic years of pre-professional study.

GS-9: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or A LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Superior Academic Achievement- In the upper one-third of graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - click here. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

For the definition of a qualifying educational institution, please use the following link: click here

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Students enrolled in a degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation is within 6 months of the closing date of the announcement. If the student is selected for the position, the graduation transcript must be received before the start date.

Grade qualifications must be met prior to start date.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must be a student currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited college or university:

  • Enrollment must be at least half-time course load as defined by the education institution (typically six hours or equivalent for undergraduate and three hours or equivalent for graduate).
  • Maintain good academic standing, generally, at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA for undergraduate programs and a 3.0 GPA for graduate programs, on a 4.0 grading scale.

Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:

  • Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.
  • Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.
  • Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.
  • Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.
  • Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

Some positions in this series may specialize in one or two functional areas, where more specific academic preparation may be necessary. For such positions, agencies may require course work in the applicable functional area(s) as part of the above-required 24 semester hours.