International Trade Analyst Student Trainee Position for the U.S. International Trade Commission

“The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren’t the only ones who think so. We were rated “Most Improved Small Agency” in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 7th overall in the 2015 Best Places to Work Index.

An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high­-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases; and publishes the United States’ tariff schedule.  You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.

This position is October 2016-July 2017, with the possibility of extension for an additional year. You may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, after successful completion, provided you satisfy the program and work requirements, and funding is available. There is no implied expectation of conversion in this career opportunity.

Internships may be extended through the school year based on workload requirements and budget availability.  This appointment does not confer permanent federal status. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement based on need.

If selected for this exciting student opportunity, you must Enter on Duty on or before October 3, 2016.  You must also be willing to physically work at the USITC in Washington, DC, for the duration of this project, which could last up to one year.  Those highly qualified candidates who can commit to these requirements will be placed at the top of our selection list.  Please indicate on the assessment questionnaire your willingness to accept these requirements. This is a unique opportunity to be involved with the USITC’s Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petitions Process, which was mandated by Congress with the intent to enhance U.S. competitiveness. 


The position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Industries, Chemicals and Textiles Division or Advanced Technology and Machinery Division. As an International Trade Analyst (ITA) Trainee, you will perform a variety of duties designed to encourage professional growth and development, through a variety of experiences, including the collection, compilation, analysis, and presentation of data related to international trade in the products under investigation, and the U.S. industries affected by that trade.

You will perform short and medium term projects related to tasks assigned to higher-graded international trade analysts. Specifically, under the guidance of either a supervisory ITA or an ITA, the incumbent will assist in collecting, analyzing, and reconciling primary and secondary data relevant to miscellaneous tariff petitions (MTPs), the resolution of which will, in most instances, have a significant impact on international trade in the subject merchandise. You will conduct qualitative and quantitative industry and economic research and analysis utilizing a variety of sources(e.g., calling or emailing companies and other organizations in addition to internet searches) and tools (e.g., MS Excel).  You will also assist in the analysis and presentation of data in such a way as to be of maximum use to the Commission. You may also participate in preparing interpretive reports (using MS Word and, as necessary, MS Excel). You may also conduct targeted research on international trade issues and topics, including summarizing findings through written products and perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You must meet the criteria for Internship under the Pathways Program
  • You will be required to sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement


You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents.  This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned.  These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

To be eligible for basic consideration, all Pathways Interns must:

Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time basis, at a qualifying educational institution

Be seeking a diploma, degree, or certificate·

Be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

To qualify at the GS-7 level, you must meet one of the following requirements: 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or a Bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement, in the upper one-third of your graduating class; or have a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or based on courses completed during your final 2 years; OR one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Work experience must show attention to detail, customer service, oral communication, problem solving skills and

Abilities; gathering data required for reporting purposes, preparing spreadsheets, memoranda, and reports; gathering information, and performing administrative management functions relating to office operations. Your resume must clearly document this experience.

We will be applying Veteran’s preference requirements and OPM qualification standards in making our determinations. The following link contains more detailed information on Student Internships under the Pathways program:  oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/final- groupcoveragequalificationstandardforpathwaysprogramschedule-20d.pdf.


For proof of education, you are required to submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if it has been certified. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accreditation organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials:

Unofficial transcripts are accepted when applying to this position. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected. Education is also verified as part of the background investigation.


You must meet the definition of a student for the duration of your appointment. You will be required to provide proof of this during the course of your internship, as established in your Agreement. You must have and maintain at least a 2.5, out of a 4.0 scale, cumulative Grade Point Average or equivalent.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation”

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