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Job Title:STUDENT TRAINEE (Program Assistant)-Intern

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:NSF-2013-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,075.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012




Full-time, Part-time. - This is an Internship position under the Pathways Program.




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Open to any U.S. Citizen, at least 16 years old, who is a student. Must be enrolled for the upcoming semester in a degree or certificate-seeking program taking at least a half-time course load. Must have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students are employed throughout the academic year.


Ever wonder who discovers a black hole? Who tracks monarch butterfly flight patterns or hosts a conference for robots? Believe it or not, the National Science Foundation helps to make all of these things possible! In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

Our flexible work opportunities for students allow you to gather real professional experience and meaningful contacts as you begin your career. You will have the opportunity to see how both the federal government and our agency operate. Together, we ensure that the daily operations at NSF run smoothly and serve the needs of the science, engineering and education communities to produce results. Join us today! More about NSF. Positions under this vacancy announcement will be filled using hiring authorities under the Pathways Programs.

This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Programs. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. Veteran's Preference will be applied in filling positions under the Pathways Programs.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) posts announcements for opportunities in the Internship Program multiple times per year.
  • This vacancy will be used to select multiple students for positions at NSF.
  • Candidates applying for an Internship position are applying for one of several similar positions in the agency.
  • Applications to this announcement become part of an active applicant pool.
  • When a hiring manager requests an intern, qualified candidates will be forwarded for consideration.
  • The hiring manager will contact directly candidates who have been selected for an interview.
  • If you are not selected for a position before the next Internship announcement is posted, your application becomes inactive.
  • To be considered for other Internship positions at NSF, candidates must reapply each time a new announcement is posted.
  • Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students can be hired for Internship positions at any time during the year.
  • Students typically work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer, winter, and spring vacations.
  • Students will be on indefinite appointments during their period of eligibility under the Internship Program.
  • Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with NSF.
  • The Internship Program allows students an opportunity to be converted non-competitively to a career-conditional or term position once the student completes all requirements of the Internship Program.
  • Noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position is not guaranteed. The Intern's eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will opt for conversion.


  • You must type 40 words per minute with no more than 3 errors
  • You must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • You must be taking at least a half-time course load
  • Background investigation
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above


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The intern will help process grants that are keeping the United States at the leading edge of scientific discovery! Student Trainees (Program Assistant) work on the front-line supporting the National Science Foundation's efforts to promote and fund the best possible awards through grants, cooperative agreements, and other mechanisms. If you are customer oriented, enjoy working on a variety of automated systems, are organized, and have great communication skills, working as a Student Trainees (Program Assistant) is the right job for you! The National Science Foundation anticipates multiple openings for these positions.
As a Student Trainees (Program Assistant), the intern will:

  • Play a key role in the processes involved in all grants and cooperative agreements including soliciting and evaluating proposals, awarding funds, monitoring the status of grants and cooperative agreements, tracking budgets, and preparing a variety of reports.
  • Work with a variety of automated systems to enter information about grant proposals, to forward information to reviewers electronically, and to facilitate panel review meetings.
  • Coordinate the logistics for meetings and conferences of scientific panelists.
  • Provide administrative support to staff including handling travel arrangements.


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To qualify at GS-5 ($16.33), you need to have one of the following:

1) At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include the following: using word processing software to prepare correspondence, responding to routine non-technical inquiries or other clerical or office support functions.
2) Successfully completed four full years of education above high school level.
3)Possess a combination of post-high school education and specialized experience.

To qualify at GS-6 ($18.20), you need to have the following:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include the following: using word processing software to prepare correspondence, reports and other document; track pending actions to ensure timely completion of work assignments; coordinating and making travel arrangements; responding to routine non-technical inquiries; and coordinating and handling logistical support for meetings.

To qualify at GS-7 ($20.22), you need to have the following:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include the following: interpreting and applying regulations, policies and procedures to perform a variety of administrative support duties; developing and maintaining spreadsheets and other financial records; developing work tracking systems to ensure timely completion of work assignments; coordinating and making travel arrangements; composing/typing reports in final.

Education may be substituted for experience (at GS-5 level only) as described in "Qualifications."

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
This position is in the bargaining unit.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

To preview questions please click here.


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A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Eligible employees receive: 10 paid holidays per year 13-26 days paid annual (vacation) leave per year 13 days paid sick leave per year Pre-tax parking Public transportation subsidy Child Development Center onsite Child care subsidy Flexible working hours Telecommuting Physical Fitness Facility on site NSF Federal Credit Union on site Health Services Unit on site Employee Assistance Program


Relocation expenses will not be paid. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. Since referrals may occur prior to the closing date, we urge you to submit all required documents as soon as possible; you cannot be referred until you have filed a complete application which includes the required documents. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.


WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.  Applications received by the closing date of this announcement will continue to be considered for up to 90 days after the closing date.


You are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents at the time you submit your resume.

  • You should provide current transcripts that include your GPA
  • You should provide proof of enrollment for the current or upcoming semester (i.e., course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar)

DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. -- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form. --For information on veteran's eligibility visit:  At the time of application, if you choose not to upload the documents, you will be directed to a webpage which lists the available fax coversheets for any documents we require. (Veterans note: documents related to veteran's preference are requested only when you first register in NSF's eRecruit system.) Please print out the appropriate fax coversheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully. All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s). 


Carolyn St. Hill
Phone: 703-292-8251
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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