Cooperative Education Student – Information Technology job with USAJobs


OPPORTUNITY: The AO is seeking applicants for the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op). The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience for students interested in a public service career. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program. The student will have an opportunity to improve his or her writing, research, analytical, logical, multi-tasking, and customer-service skills. Students are expected to work 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week (full-time) during the summer. Students will be appointed on a temporary basis with the duration to be determined based on the academic program. Participants in the Co-op program may be non-competitively converted to an Excepted Service appointment.

The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the third branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.

The position will serve in the Defender Services Office (DSO). The DSO administers the federally appointed counsel program consisting of federal public defenders; community defenders organizations and private panel attorneys. The Defender Services program operates pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). The incumbent of this position will report to the Chief of the Administrative Operations Staff.

Students will work 20 hours per week during the regular school year, and are allowed to work up to 32 hours per week. Students will work full time during the summer months and other school breaks.

The Administrative Operations Staff (AOS) provides administrative, logistical, financial and technical support for DSO.

The incumbent must have the ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and possess the writing skills to make them easily understandable in text and pictures. In this position the co-op will receive training in the following areas:

  • Providing technical support for virtual and in-person conferences, trainings, and meetings for internal and external participants.
  • Providing support to staff and assisting with the deployment of equipment for external meetings and training events.
  • Preparing, reviewing, revising, and maintaining technical documents, including software and system operations, testing, and user documentation.
  • Researching equipment and software that will help DSO staff perform their mission more effectively.
  • Aiding the DSO property officer for the accountability of office equipment.
  • Assisting in the implementation of new technology delivered by the AO.
  • Supporting ongoing IT projects, such as the ongoing enhancement of our SharePoint site.
  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment


  • AO employees are required to attest to their vaccination status. New employees are required to complete a Certification of Vaccination Form. The information provided on the form will be treated as confidential information and will be managed by the AO Human Resources Office.
  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the AO. If non-citizens are considered for hire into a temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO Human Resources Office there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at USAJOBS Help Center | Employment of non-citizens / . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights/responsibilities, visit .
  • All new AO employees are required to identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • Participants in the Co-op program may be non-competitively converted to Excepted Services Appointment.
  • Qualifications

    Basic Qualification Requirements: Qualifications for AO Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) positions are closely related to the criteria established for executive branch positions by the Office of Personnel Management. Co-op positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system. Salary is set commensurate with educational background and experience. Demonstrated relevant work experience will be credited.

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in either an undergraduate or graduate-level program.
    • Applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate education beyond high school.
    • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
    • Applicants must be available to work year-round in Washington, DC, and be able to stay for at least one year.

    Additional Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also:

    • Have the ability to work well in a team environment.
    • Have very strong communication and reading skills and be detailed oriented.
    • Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, or WordPerfect.
    • Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.


    School Affiliation: All students in the Co-op program must be enrolled in an accredited school, and must be working toward a degree, diploma, certificate, etc. on a full or part-time basis. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States. Transcripts are required to apply for this position.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.