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As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS is eligible to participate in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Cooperative Education Program (HACU Co-op Program). The program is administered through the cooperative efforts of HACU and the Library of Congress.

Via the HACU Coop Program, students are initially hired as temporary employees for a period not to exceed one year. Temporary appointments may be extended in one-year increments as long as the student continues to meet program eligibility requirements and is working at an acceptable level of performance. Co-op students and their supervisors develop a schedule of work that takes into consideration both the student's academic needs and CRS's work-related needs. Co-op students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with their college or university to receive academic credit for their Co-op experience.

After successful completion of: (1) the temporary appointment, (2) a minimum of 640 hours of career-related experience (transferable between federal agencies), and (3) all degree requirements, participants may be eligible for conversion to permanent-conditional appointments, contingent upon participants' performance and upon availability of funding.

Eligibility

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following basic eligibility criteria: (1) U.S. citizenship, (2) current enrollment at least half-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program, (3) completion of at least the freshman year of college before beginning a Co-op assignment, and (4) a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

In addition to the basic eligibility criteria outlined above, Co-op students must meet the qualification standards for the position to which they will be appointed and must be appointed to positions that involve work related to their academic course of study.

Recruitment and Application Procedures

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) recruits qualified applicants for placement in Co-op positions; manages the receipt, screening and processing of applications; and determines the final pool of applicants made available to CRS for consideration under the Co-op Program. Application procedures may be found on the HACU website (external link).

Salary and Promotion Potential

Initial HACU Coop Program appointments may be made at the GS-09 ($52,146 - $67,787 annually), GS-11 ($63,091 - $82,019 annually), or GS-12 ($75,621 - $98,305 annually) grade, based on the participants' qualifications. Some positions carry promotion potential to higher grade levels. Staff in these positions are eligible for promotion after one year in grade and demonstrated performance at the next highest grade.

More Information

To learn more about the HACU Coop Program, visit the HACU website (external link) or contact HACU national headquarters at (210) 692-3805. For additional information about CRS's participation in the HACU Coop Program, contact Nancy Warrick at nwarrick@crs.loc.gov.

CRS is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

Last Updated: 03/12/2014