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    The NASA Pathways Intern Program provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. This is an internship position as part of a work/study program. The work involves trainee duties at various organizations throughout Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida.

    This position is for students that have been accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.

    The following major(s) are preferred: Communications or Broadcasting.

    Students may be placed in KSC organizations such as the Communication and Public Engagement (PX) organization.

    Students who may work full time while attending school are desirable.

    These positions are in the excepted service and are being filled under the Pathway's Internship Program. Appointments may be non-competitively converted from the Pathways Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all educational requirements for that position are met and there is an available position. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. If converted participants would have the promotion potential up to a GS-12.

    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 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', 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.

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    This position is part of the NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) which is a formal training program. Participants completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the Program. Participants receive formal periodic assessments of progress. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.

    The participant will assist and perform basic Public Affairs duties including; assisting in planning, preparing and conducting press and guest events for major projects and special events such as Open House, launches and career days.

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. citizens who are enrolled students or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institutions.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited institution.
    • Have and maintain a GPA of at least 2.9.
    • Must have ability to complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience.
    • Occassional travel may be required.

    You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.


    Initial appointment to GS grade levels are determined by education level completed. You must complete the NASA supplemental questions to assist in determining your education level completed. Your education will be rated against the NASA developed qualifications standards listed below. Failure to answer the NASA supplemental questions may result in loss of consideration.

    GS-5 (Starting salary $32,964): Completion of two academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree (The two academic years are the equivalent of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours).

    Salary will be set at Step 1 from the applicable pay scale.

    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 grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale)

    Applicants must also have the ability to complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements. As such applicants who indicate an estimated graduation date on or before May 11, 2018 may be disqualified from further consideration.


    Basic Education Requirement: You must be pursuing a bachelors degree from an accredited educational institution.

    U.S. EDUCATION: Institutions located within the United States that have attained accreditation are listed on the U.S. Department of Education's website. To verify your institution's accreditation, please access this website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx

    A complete listing of all institutions, including those located outside of U.S. territories, may be found in Accredited Institutions of Post-Secondary Education, a handbook published annually by the American Council on Education (ACE).

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

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

    You will be expected to comply with Center Pathways policies located at: http://pathways.ksc.nasa.gov/aboutIEP.htm

    Must sign a Pathways Participation Agreement.

    As similar vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

    The anticipated start date for this appointment is January 22, 2018. Interns may work full-time (traditional) or part-time (non-traditional) schedules. (Flexible hours and days depending on the student academic schedule.) The Supervisor and Intern will agree on a formally-arranged schedule of school and work rotations. A rotation is a defined period of work or school study. The intern may work full-time during summer and school breaks.

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

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

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

    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here http://www.sss.gov/default.htm

    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 2.9 (on a 4.0 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 converted, upon completion of the program, there may be promotion potential up to a GS-12.

    The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    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.

    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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    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.


    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

    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)
    4200 Rideout Road
    Resume Operations Center/ Mail stop: HS50,
    Marshall 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: http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/howtoapply/hardcopyresumes.htm

    You may receive emails from our address: KSC-Pathways-Jobs@mail.nasa.gov requesting transcripts or other required documentation. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documents according to the timelines provided. Please ensure your email inbox recognizes this email address and it does not go into your spam. As such it is critical that your email inbox can accept emails from KSC-Pathways-Jobs@mail.nasa.gov.

    Agency contact information

    KSC Pathways Staffer


    NASA's Resume Operations Center
    4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
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    Next steps

    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 upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

    If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer pending verification that you meet all eligibility and qualification requirements. An official, written firm job offer will only be issued once all requirements have been verified.

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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/481455400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.