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"A-2019-0005" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Fall Extern
Open Period:
05/23/2019 - 06/19/2019


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
GS - 0099 00
(USD) $0
Work Schedule:
Part-time -
Promotion Potential:
Promotion Potential Explanation:
No promotion potential.
Duty Location(s):
MANY Vacancies in

San Jose, CA, US
Denver, CO, US
Detroit, MI, US
Dallas, TX, US
Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Shannon Thompson


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Students
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.  Additionally, all candidates must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a high school or degree-seeking student at an accredited university either as an undergraduate, graduate, legal, or post graduate student.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
12 week volunteer program (unpaid)
Marketing Statement:

The externship is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it's like to work at PTO, as well as interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills. As an extern with the USPTO, you will be working with the largest Intellectual Property Rights entity in the nation. 


Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, the agency has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. dedicated to accomplishing the mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles.  Please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


This vacancy announcement is being used to recruit for multiple extern positions throughout the USPTO.  As a Student Extern, you will receive practical experience by engaging in a variety of diverse and challenging activities.  Exciting opportunities await you!  Come join us and contribute to the accomplishment of organizational goals in an intellectual property environment.  Your extern experience will be further enhanced by participating in sessions with agency executives and other USPTO leadership where you will gain insight into USPTO programs.

This is a 12 week fall extern program; however, externs have flexibility on when they depart the program. 

We are looking for externs to start on Monday, September 9th.      

Office of the Commissioner for Patents (Patent Examiner Externs Only)

Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching and reviewing of various programs

  • Briefing management officials on content

  • Devising advertisement strategies

  • Drafting policy, proposing outreach strategies

  • Participating in outreach activities

All other USPTO Business Offices:  The Office of the Under Secretary (OUS), Office of the Commissioner for Patent (Patent – all other positions), Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks (Trademarks), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching materials and preparing information

  • Benchmarking other agencies and private industry companies

  • Participating in group/team assignments

  • Assisting with special projects and new initiatives

  • Managing databases and inputting information

  • Review and analyzing information

  • Drafting various documents and reports

  • Creating electronic and hard copy case files, maintaining files

  • Communicating with customers via phone, e-mail and/or face- to-face

  • Assisting in preparing for a variety of training classes

  • Designing various strategies and presentations

  • Assisting with redesigning business process improvement activities

  • Testing various software and systems

  • Creating spreadsheets/charts, etc. using a variety of data sources and information

  • Assisting in preparing for and observing hearings, cases, panels, interviews, and documenting results

  • Assisting with researching and contributing toward analysis of IP protection and enforcement policies of U.S. and of selected foreign countries        

  • Assisting in outreach to Members of Congress, state and local elected officials

  • Assisting economists and technical staff in conducting groundbreaking economic research on innovation and intellectual property


Qualifications and Evaluations


Must be enrolled as a high school or degree-seeking student in a qualifying educational institution.  

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Meet educational requirement.
  • Required to pass a background investigation.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Education Requirements:

    There is no testing, rating of applicants for this program. Eligibility for appointment is based on applicants meeting the basic requirements for the position as documented in the resume and responses to the assessment questions. 

    Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for immediate dismissal.  

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).


    All applicants applying to participate in the externship must meet the following requirements:

    1. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a high school or degree-seeking student at an accredited university (either an undergraduate, graduate, law school or post-graduate). 

    2. Must be in good academic standing.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

    A comprehensive benefits package is NOT provided for the unpaid Externship Program.  

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

    Federal agencies, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. USPTO job applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should request accommodation(s) from the USPTO at Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Other Information:

    Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National.  

    Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), to determine your suitability for Federal employment.  

    The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website.

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

    All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act.  Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( or phone (571-272-8292). 

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
    Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as information that can be traced back to a specific individual and potentially compromise their security or privacy. Examples of PII include: date of birth, Social Security Number, and place of birth.

    Please ensure that you have removed all Personally Identifiable Information from all documents prior to submitting or uploading your applications material.

    You MUST apply online. If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement.

    If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page.

    Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO. You must click "Submit" at the end of the application process to send your application for consideration.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at click on "Applications." Click on the position title, then select "Update Application."

    If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs “Saved Documents” feature.

    Required Documents:

    A complete application consists of:

    1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience.

    2. Transcripts and/or an Official Letter for Proof of Enrollment for the upcoming semester at a qualifying educational institution: You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable when submitting your application package.  However, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. Also, proof of enrollment is required upon selection for the externship.  It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. 

    You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:

    1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.


    2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet.

    This vacancy is limited to the first 150 applications received.  All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.  


    Next Steps:

    You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

    4. Selected or Not Selected

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes. 

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.).

    By submitting your application you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJOBS. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the"Notification Settings" to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.