Intern | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Position Location: 
Greenbelt, Maryland
Job Description: 

Job Title:NASA's Pathways Student Intern Program (Engineering Student Trainee)
Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:Goddard Space Flight Center
Job Announcement Number:GS15I0001
SALARY RANGE: $31,069.00 to $63,722.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, March 9, 2015 to Wednesday, March 18, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0899-4/11
POSITION INFORMATION: Multiple Schedules - Internships
DUTY LOCATIONS: 11 vacancies in the following location:
Greenbelt, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institutions.
About the Agency

The NASA Pathways Intern Program provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience.

The Goddard Space Flight Center Pathways Intern Program uses a cooperative education model, which is a work/study program in which you can gain valuable work experience that relates to your chosen field of study while completing your degree requirements.

In our program, you will be offered one of two types of school/work schedules, depending on the need of the hiring organization. The traditional cooperative education model consists of alternating between terms at school and a paid, full-time Pathways intern position. The non-traditional model combines work and school on a year round basis.

Please be sure to review your resume on the 'Review tab' by clicking on the 'Your Resume'. Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'resume received - complete.' If your status is 'Application Started,' you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are an individual with a disability and have questions regarding the Federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or would like to request a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager by email at Goddard Space Flight Center offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities including onsite sign language interpreters, readers, and is a participating agency with the Computer Electronics Accommodations Program.
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You must be a U.S. citizen
Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
Requires GPA of 2.9 or higher on a scale of 4.0
Must work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree course work
Preferred start date - 8/24/2015
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This position is part of the NASA Pathways Intern Program which is a formal training program.

As a Pathways Engineering Intern, you will work under the guidance of, and assist engineering professionals and/or nontechnical personnel in progressively responsible duties which are related to your academic studies. You will perform well-defined tasks of a developmental nature in engineering disciplines such as (but not limited to) Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.

We are seeking students who have a core foundation of critical thinking, are self-motivated, and who work well with teams. You will support experienced engineers and will engage in trainee experiences based on your current educational level.

We will fill multiple Pathways Engineering Intern positions in various organizations. As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Assignment of students will be made to various organizations such as the: Medical and Environmental Management Division (Code 250); Mechanical Systems Division (Code 540); Instrument Systems and Technology Division (Code 550); Electrical Engineering Division; (Code 560); Software Engineering Division (Code 580); and Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division (Code 590).

If additional opportunities arise, assignments may be made to other organizations.

For information on the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Medical and Environmental Management Division and the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, please visit, and

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To be eligible for this position, you must:• Be a U.S. citizen;• Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment;• Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in an accredited educational institution;• Be enrolled at least half-time as defined by your educational institution; and• Have and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.90 (on a 4.00 scale).

You must be pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Engineering degree programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Degree programs in other acceptable majors must be from colleges or universities accredited by the Department of Education.

Preferred majors are environmental, mechanical, electrical, electronics, chemical, aerospace, materials, optical, and computer engineering as well as metallurgy, mathematics, physics and computer science.

You will be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.

GS-4: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study. (1 academic year is the equivalent of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.) GS-4 starting salary: $14.89 per hour

GS-5: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree. (2 academic years is the equivalent of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.) GS-5 starting salary: $16.66 per hour

GS-6: Completion of 3 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree. (3 academic years is the equivalent of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours.) GS-6 starting salary: $18.57 per hour

GS-7: Completion of 4 academic years of study (or all the requirements) for a bachelor's degree and accepted into a master's program. GS-7 starting salary: $20.63 per hour

GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master's level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program. GS-9 starting salary: $25.24 per hour

GS-11: Completion of 1 year of Doctorate Level study. GS-11 starting salary: $30.53 per hour

You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on preferred areas of study described above. Students will be referred for positions based on the majors needed to successfully perform the specific work of the hiring organization.

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. Veteran's preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.

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You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

If you are tentatively selected for this position, you may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Your USAJobs account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

You will be expected to comply with Goddard Space Flight Center Pathways Intern Program policies:

• Maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by your educational institution
• Maintain a GPA of 2.9 or above on a 4.0 scale;
• Adhere to an established work schedule;
• Participate in Agency training classes or programs;
• Successfully perform your assigned duties; and
• Observe all workplace rules.

You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Intern appointment.

Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed, student trainee work experience, and acceptable performance. However, promotions are not guaranteed.

Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements provided they:• Successfully completed an academic course of study with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.90 (on a 4.00 scale);• Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;• Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which they are converted; and• Maintain acceptable performance.

If you are converted, you may be further promoted up to the GS-13 level.

Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs' document attachment feature.Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as 'resume received - complete' (if your status is 'Application Started', you have not successfully applied.) Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application. If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to:National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Resume Operations Center, Mail stop: HS50Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
NASA Goddard Pathways Program Office
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL
If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends up on the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

We expect that job offers and non-selection notifications will be made by June 1, 2015.