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Job Title:  NIH Internship (Laborer) - GRU - Pathways
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-GRU-13-842624

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$11.25 to $18.89 / Per Hour
Monday, February 25, 2013 to Thursday, March 07, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Temporary NTE 9/30/2013
Many vacancies in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview


  • At least 16 years of age;
  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen, national or legal permanent resident;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen prior to conversion to competitive appointment;
  • Must be enrolled half time in a high school, college, professional,
  • technical, vocational, and trade school; or certificate program; and
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above).


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As a NIH Intern (Laborer) you will:

  • Perform general cleaning duties in mechanical spaces, wire closets, etc. 
  • Perform manual tasks such as cleaning and sweeping floors, wiping oil and grease off of exposed surfaces of equipment, clean lighting fixtures, washing tubes, reflectors, covers etc.
  • Use common manual hand tools and equipment and simple power equipment to perform tasks. 
  • Perform other manual tasks such as lifting, and carrying heavy objects, getting tools and equipment and helping operating engineers.
  • Perform a variety of tasks common to and typical of the various trades which are basic and routine to the occupation, working with and under the instruction of the journeyman trades person, maintenance supervisor or others as assigned.


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You will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.

The approved job elements for this occupation are listed as follows:
(1)  Likelihood Of Success In Assignments Which Require Interest, Motivation, And Readiness To Do Simple Work.  (SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT) 
View Assessment Questions

You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education.


To be eligible for appointment, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate program lasting at least one year.


Current students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Appointee must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average throughout the duration of the internship.  

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.  Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Veteran's Preference does apply.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application will be manually evaluated by a subject matter expert.  Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  The rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles.


If you are a veteran, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents: Veteran Information.


All such documents MUST be received by 11:59pm ET of the closing date,Thursday, March 07, 2013 , to be considered.



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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


This position is a temporary Internship position with a Not To Exceed (NTE) date of 9/30/2013; however, the appointment may be extended. 


Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.


We are unable to pay relocation expenses.


A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.


Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.


The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 842624.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.


The following information must be received by 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement, Thursday, March 07, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (DD214 to support Veterans Employment, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.


Shauntell D. Embrack
Phone: (301)435-4756
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Rm 2F-207
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Thursday, March 07, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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