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    Summary

    NIST currently has an internship position located the Information Technology Laborary. There are specific technical areas of interest search engine evaluation strategies, networking, network security, machine learning, big data analysis, high performance computing, data-driven models using machine learning; image analytics, systems administration.

    This is a Student Internship opportunity under the Pathways Program.

    Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

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    Responsibilities

    NOTE: At the time of application, ALL APPLICANTS are required TO BE ENROLLED or HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED for enrollment and seeking a degree, diploma or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a FULL OR HALF-TIME basis. Copies of your unofficial transcripts and/or a current proof of enrollment letter are required at the time of application to be considered for this program. The enrollment letter can be obtained from your school.

    Duties: Work closely with staff members within project team and group in order to achieve mutual objectives and goals. Develop methods and promote standards for evaluation, testing, and improvement of technologies. Design, develop, and implement computer programs and/or hardware solutions for projects. Document progress and results.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    02

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Student/Internship Program Eligibles

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen.
    • You must be registered for Selective Service.
    • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
    • You must be at least 16 years of age
    • Must be enrolled at least half time at a qualifying institution
    • Must possess a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher out of a 4.0.

    You MUST submit your unofficial college transcripts, that includes your GPA, with your application. This office will be unable to determine qualification eligibility without transcripts. Applications without transcripts are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE". Transcripts will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.

    You MUST provide proof of enrollment for the current semesters (i.e., unofficial transcript, course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar). Applications without proof of enrollment are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE". Proof of Enrollment will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.

    All applicants must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, degree) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled). In addition, you must be enrolled in school for the duration of the appointment. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program.

    Applicants must possess a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.If you are submitting an acceptance/enrollment letter from your university you MUST also upload your last known unofficial transcript containing your cumulative GPA. If you do not provide proof of GPA, you will be disqualified from further consideration.

    Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Your resume must be complete (i.e., include dates of experience, salary, work schedule, etc.), detailed and relevant to the position.

    Qualifications

    For ZP-I Consideration:
    You must be a student accepted for enrollment in a high school or General Education Diploma (GED) program or enrolled and seeking a degree.

    For ZP-II Consideration: Graduate

    You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree.

    In additional to the above, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

    Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

    1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

    2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

    3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. Click here for a list of qualified honor societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements this provision.


    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

    Education

    PROOF OF ENROLLMENT FOR THE CURRENT SEMESTER. This may be documented on your official/unofficial transcripts, a course schedule, an acceptance letter from your university for future enrollment, or an official letter of enrollment from the university registrar's office or a university counselor, as long as your enrollment for the current semester is clearly documented. If you do not provide proof of enrollment for the current semester, you will be disqualified from further consideration.

    If you are currently enrolled, but in your last semester/quarter of completing your degree/certificate requirements, you must show proof of continuing education, such as an acceptance letter, or you will be disqualified from further consideration.

    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    Additional information

    As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed.

    PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION: Program participants may be non-competitively converted to a career-conditional, career, or term position within 120 days of successful completion of the program, but there is no requirement to do so.

    To be eligible for conversion, the intern must:

    • Meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which s/he will be converted
    • Have completed academic study from a qualifying institution
    • Have completed at least 640 hours of work experience while in the Internship program; up to 320 hours may be credited from other qualifying federal Internship appointments or non-federal work experience toward the 640 hours
    • Receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the Agency

    Pathways participants may be converted to a permanent or term position within any NIST career path. If converted to permanent or term position, the full performance level would be: ZP-III


    More information on the Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must certify that they have registered for the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law

    You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment.

    This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit http://nist.gov/ohrm/apms.cfm

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does apply to the Pathways recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.
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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required if you are applying to this announcement:

    • Current Resume
    • Unofficial transcripts (if selected official transcripts are required). Your transcript(s) must document the educational requirements for this position. Transcripts must show that you are currently enrolled as a student and display cumulative GPA.
    • Proof of Enrollment: If you are not currently enrolled, you must submit proof of enrollment. For example, a letter from the registrar's office or acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution. The documentation must confirm the following: the degree/diploma program in which you have been accepted and that you will be enrolled on at least a half-time basis for the upcoming semester.
    • Veteran's Preference documentation: DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from
      Active Duty) indicating character of service, and VA letter, if applicable
    How do I submit my documents:
    You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
    >Upload your file(s);
    >Download from your USAJOBS account;
    >Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
    >Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS;

    All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    NOTE: Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular category (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents. In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category.

    For more information please refer to the Pathways Intern section of the Required Documents page

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting www.nist.gov/ohrm/worklife.cfm.

    http://www.nist.gov/ohrm/benefits/summarychart.cfm

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Please allow adequate time to complete your application.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    - Complete Resume (For help writing a Federal Resume please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk)
    - Complete Assessment Questionnaire
    - Other supporting documentation, as required. Please see the Pathways Intern Section of the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" webpage to determine if there are other documents that you are required to submit.

    Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be sent electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online to receive full consideration, however you may also send a complete package by mail.

    You may mail your application package (please contact the Agency Contact identified for this vacancy). Your complete application package MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement. Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery.

    Problems Completing Your Application
    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Agency contact information

    Tiffani Brown

    Phone

    301-975-2477

    Fax

    571-258-4254

    Email

    tiffani.brown@nist.gov

    Address

    NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
    100 Bureau Drive
    Stop 1720
    Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899
    United States
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    Next steps

    After the announcement closes, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded for consideration and may be interviewed. We expect to make a final job offer within 45 days from the closing date of the announcement.

    Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing into your account at www.usajobs.gov and clicking on application status located under the my account tab.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment 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 factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479587400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.