Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FTC Summer Research Fellow

Job Title:Research Fellow (Information Technology) - Fellowship Program (Summer)

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:OTC-2014-0001


$14.74 to $21.44 / Per Hour


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to Friday, May 02, 2014




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  • Current college students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate program, having at least a half-time course load at an accredited institution of higher education.


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About the Agency

The Technology and Data Governance Research Fellowship Program is a 10-week program designed to give students (graduate and undergraduate) hands on experience with work relevant to the FTC by assisting with real-work exploratory projects.  Additionally, the FTC seeks to use this program to broaden its ability to understand and respond to current topics in technology.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Recent transcripts
  • Enrolled at least half-time at qualifying educational institution
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid


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As a Summer Research Fellow, you will assist in research experiments as assigned, including the design of experiments, data collection, data analysis, writing reports and presenting results.  Experiments may cover any area of technology or data related to the FTC, including but not limited to, mobile phones, web browsing, advertising, data security, financial products and services, and fraud.


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To qualify, you must meet the qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 

To qualify for this position at the GS-04 level, you must possess the following:

  • Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.
To qualify for this position at the GS-05 level, you must possess the following:
  • Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.  If graduation from an undergraduate program is expected by Spring 2014, applicants must be accepted for enrollment to a graduate program and able to provide verification of this acceptance.  
In addition, applicants who have an interest in government, technology, and/or computer science and strong written and oral communication skills are highly desired.


Fellowship Program Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled or accepted as a degree-seeking student.
  • Must be enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment in an accredited school.
  • Must be taking at least half-time academic course load.
To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled at least a half-time basis in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. Certificate programs are defined as post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

Must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the fellowship.  If graduation from an undergraduate program is expected by Spring 2014, must be accepted for enrollment to a graduate program and able to provide verification of this acceptance.  

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted as part of your application package, however, if selected official transcripts must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

All applications must be received on-line via www.usajobs.gov.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans. Veterans' Preference:   Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles. For more information on entitlement go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

You must maintain good academic standing, as defined by your school, generally at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (cumulative; no rounding) and a 3.0 GPA for advanced degree programs.

You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment.

You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship. If you cannot, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "QUALIFICATION REQUIRED" section of this vacancy announcement to ensure that you qualify for this internship.

In addition, the following documents are required:

  • Cover Letter: Essay should be between 300-500 words in length explaining how this fellowship will complement your academic experience/goals.
  • Current Resume
  • Two letters of Recommendation

Event: Scenarios for the Future of Internet Governance

The Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University invite you to attend:

Scenarios for the Future of Internet Governance

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM at The Commons, GWU, 1957 E Street, 6th floor, Washington DC.

Eventbrite registration required: https://internetscenarios.eventbrite.com

Click here to support ISOC-DC

The U.S. government's recent announcement that it intends to end its historic role in overseeing the central coordinating functions of the Internet has created uncertainty about the future of Internet governance. The outcome of discussions underway today will impact not only the Internet, but the future of international institutions.

Please join us and our distinguished panels for a vital discussion on the global challenges and opportunities involved in the future of Internet governance.

Panel 1: What is the IANA Function? What led to the US decision to reduce its role in IANA? What are the risks and opportunities associated with this fundamental change?

Fiona Alexander - Office of International Affairs, NTIA, US Department of Commerce

Richard Jimmerson - Chief Information Officer, ARIN

Steve DelBianco - Executive Director, NetChoice

Milton Mueller - Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Moderator - Tim Lordan - Executive Director, Internet Education Foundation

Panel 2: Possible scenarios for the future of the IANA functions - what are the implications for Internet governance?

Jamie Hedlund - Advisor to the President, ICANN

Raquel Gatto - Chapter Development Manager, the Americas, ISOC

Beatrice Covassi - Digital Agenda and ICT Counselor at EU Delegation to the United States

Derrick Cogburn - Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service at American University

Becky Burr - Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at NeuStar, Inc.

Moderator - Roger Cochetti - Principal at RJC Associates

Coffee, refreshments, and lunch will be served