Student Volunteer (Program Analyst/Safety & Occupational Health Spec)

About the Agency

Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

These positions are located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP) in the Office of Outreach Service and Alliances (OOSA), the Office of State Plan Programs (OSP), and the Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA). The Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs (DWPP), and the Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) in the Office of Federal Agency Programs (OFAP), the Office of General Industry and Agricultural Enforcement Initiatives (OGIAE), and the Office of Health Enforcement (OHE).

The mission of The Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP) is to coordinate the agency’s compliance assistance and outreach activities, coordinates the agency’s relations with state plan states, and oversees international issues for OSHA.

The mission of the Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs (DWPP) is to enforce the whistleblower provisions of more than twenty whistleblower statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety and health, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws. Rights afforded by these whistleblower protection laws include, but are not limited to, worker participation in safety and health activities, reporting a work-related injury, illness or fatality.

The mission of the Directorate of Enforcement (DEP) is to support OSHA’s mission of enforcing standards. Through policy vehicles such as Directives and Interpretations, DEP provides guidance on how Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) enforce OSHA standards and how employers are expected to comply with OSHA standards. DEP provides enforcement policy and compliance guidance in the areas of general industry, agriculture, maritime, federal agencies, and in health areas of all industries, including construction.


The organizations above are looking for multiple student volunteers to perform various duties, such as:

  • Assisting in the assessment of federal agencies’ annual reports and developing sections of the report to the President on the status of federal agency safety and health program.
  • Reviewing federal agencies’ injury and illness data and calculating injury and illness rates.
  • Assisting in the planning of meetings for Federal Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, including developing briefing materials.
  • Responding to basic letters of interpretations related to safety and health in the federal sector.
  • Assisting in the review of OSHA letters of interpretation on multiple subjects.
  • Assisting with archiving hardcopy subject files in an electronic format, including file management, archiving hardcopy files in an electronic format, and other related tasks.
  • Converting letters to HTML formatting and posting to our intranet pages.
  • Responding to basic letters of interpretations on safety and health issues.
  • Providing assistance to OSHA managers and staff at the national and regional level and to the general public in the area of investigative policies and requirements regarding the whistleblower protection program.
  • Analyzing field statistical data, program reports, and the findings of National Office reviews, comparing it with program planning documents to determine if the Directorate and program goals and objectives are being effectively met and identifying trends.
  • Performing appellate reviews and evaluations of investigative files in whistleblower cases, as a part of OSHA’s Review Forum, filed under the whistleblower provisions of Section 11© Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA); and the International Safe Container Act (ISCA).
  • Preparing input for use in the application, interpretation, and development of OSHA policies and procedures relating to whistleblower protection issues.
  • Analyzing whistleblower program plans to identify prospective needs to modifications or additions that will be needed to track emerging whistleblower or related program activities. Drafting proposals for change in information gathering or data analysis processes and related procedures.
  • Preparing and analyzing whistleblower statistics and related program analysis for agency use and for presentations to Congress, the private and public sectors.
  • Preparing responses to complex written requests and answering telephone requests for information about or relating to the Whistleblower Protection Program. Drafting technical reports and responding to complex technical, program and occupational inquiries from the Congress, and the public, and other federal agencies.
  • Assisting senior staff with research and compiling information about evaluating the reach and impact of outreach initiatives
  • Assisting senior staff with the data collection and input of OSP annual monitoring and evaluation tasks into tracking documents & spreadsheets, including the Federal Annual Monitoring Evaluation (FAME) Reports.
  • Assisting senior staff in populating database with information about OSHA’s Alliance Program participants and aggregating requested data into spreadsheets and charts.
  • Assisting senior staff in gathering employment, enforcement, and workplace injury and illness data on specific industry sectors to create industry-sector profiles.
  • Compiling handout materials for Annual Consultation Conference (ACC), if available.
  • Assisting in the development, distribution, and feedback tracking and response to policy memoranda and training.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

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