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Job Title:  NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program Opportunities
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Job Announcement Number:  JS13P0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$43,334.00 to $84,139.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Friday, December 21, 2012
Full Time - Internships
1 vacancy - Houston, TX
Current students from education institutions interested in paid opportunities with Federal agencies.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity - Ambition - Teamwork - A sense of Daring - and a Probing Mind - That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is known throughout the world as Mission Control and has served as the command center for human spaceflight since 1965. JSC leads at the frontier of human space exploration. We strategically and tactically implement complex human space programs that span multiple agencies and the commercial and academic communities.

We're creating an exciting future developing capabilities for the next generation to explore space, partnering with industry to expand commercial access to space for crew and cargo, and are involved in many other missions exploring Earth, the Solar System and the universe beyond.

THIS IS NOT A VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Please see instructions under How to Apply to submit your application. Degrees in Industrial Organizational Psychology or Organizational Development preferred.
The salary stated above covers various locations across the U.S. Actual pay will vary depending on the duty location of the position filled.
These are excepted appointments in the NASA Pathways Intern Program.
Application date extended through Dec. 21.


  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Cumulative GPA 2.9; 3.0 and higher preferred
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a graduate student
  • Must be able to work full-time while attending classes in the evening


At JSC, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to our continued work of building a new NASA vehicle to enable human deep space exploration, work on the operation and development of the International Space Station in cooperation with our Internal Partners, and work with industry to help foster the commercial space sector. Home to a diverse and innovative workforce of over 3,000 Federal employees, JSC is located about 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston.

The IEP follows the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Model, which is a unique partnership among employers, students and universities whereby students gain work experience in engineering, science and business fields while pursuing an academic degree. Additionally, at JSC our IEP serves as a pipeline for future fulltime employees.

For this position, the Pathways Intern will perform the following duties:

- Quantitative analysis
- Organizational assessments
- Workforce predictive analyses
- Survey design and implementation
- Workforce analytics
- Needs analyses
- Organizational support of Center training and development activities

Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a graduate degree-seeking student; preferably in industrial organizational psychology or organizational development.


NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with NASA and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. For this position, degrees in Industrial Organizational Psychology or Organizational Development are preferred.

For 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.

For GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master's level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program.

For GS-11: Completion of 1 year of Doctorate Level study or accepted into a Doctoral Program (Research).

The classification of the intern positions (series and grade) will depend upon the field of study and level of coursework of the candidate.

Many NASA positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements. Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Candidates will be assessed either based solely on basic eligibility requirements or may include a qualitative rating of candidates. NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have absolute preference. If candidates are further evaluated using NASA's category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category.


NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit the NASA Jobs website.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position 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.

Financial Support:
1) Salary at grade level based upon completion of specific number of academic years
2) Payment of travel and transportation expenses between the duty station and school may be offered
3) Tuition assistance may be offered for position-related courses taken during work hours
4) Reimbursement for school co-op fee may be offered

Students are eligible to earn annual and sick leave.

Students will be expected to start on February 11, 2013.

3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale is strongly preferred.

Student must be able to work fulltime while attending classes in the evening. Graduate degrees in industrial organizational psychology or organizational development degrees are preferred.

If offered employment by NASA, the student must be enrolled in the school's cooperative education program prior to the start date. If the school does not have a cooperative education program, the intern must provide documentation of good standing.

To be eligible for conversion to the competitive service after completion of the program, an intern must:

1) Be a U.S. Citizen
2) Successfully complete an academic course of study as evidenced by a qualifying degree
3) Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program; specifically 3 work tours (technical students must complete 2 semesters and one summer; business students must complete one semester and 2 summers).
4) Meet the OPM qualification standard for the position to which the Intern may be converted
5) Maintain acceptable performance under the Agency's approved performance management system
6) Receive favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor

NASA is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an offer of employment.

This posting was amended to clarify types of degrees preferred.


Apply online at by December 17, 2012, or visit us at the local recruiting event below.

University of Houston Information Session
Houston, TX Dec. 5, 2012

Please visit our website for our most current recruiting schedule.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility.

All internship applicants are required to submit the following supportive documents:
- Resume (with current cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation)
- Cover letter of interest
- Current Transcript (official or unofficial accepted)


JSC Pathways Intern Program Office
Phone: 281 483-3066
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


After applying through the NASA Pathways site, if you are found qualified, you may be contacted for an interview. You may be contacted by NASA JSC to inform you of additional qualification requirements that would be required for a particular position.

Control Number: 332362900
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