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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Administrative), (Not to Exceed 89 days) GS-0399-01/02/03/04/05
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  NSF-2013-0024

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22,115.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Thursday, April 04, 2013
Full-time,Part-time: - Summer appointments are temporary positions not to exceed 89 days.
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, US  View Map

Open to any U.S. Citizen, at least 16 years old, who is a student that will be enrolled for Spring 2013/Fall 2013 semester in a degree or certificate-seeking program taking at least a half-time course load. You also need to have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. THIS IS A SUMMER POSITION NOT TO EXCEED 89 DAYS ONLY.


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.

This internship opportunity allows students to see how both the federal government and NSF 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! Positions under this vacancy announcement will be filled under the Internship component of the Pathways Programs hiring authority:

About Summer Employment at NSF:

  • Veteran’s preference rules will be applied in filling these positions.
  • When you apply for a summer position, you are not applying for one specific position.
  • This vacancy announcement will be used to select multiple students to work at the National Science Foundation.
  • Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • To be considered for other Intern positions at NSF, you must reapply each time a new announcement is posted.
  • Summer appointments are temporary positions not to exceed 89 days. Interns will be required to sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement prior to appointment.


  • You must type 40 words per minute with no more than three 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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Our Student Trainees (Administrative) are clerical positions. They provide support to National Science Foundation scientists and administrators who promote and fund the best possible awards through grants. These positions can be your first step into a fulfilling career at NSF. As a Student Trainee (Administrative) you will:

  • Type a variety of documents
  • Enter data
  • Sort and distribute mail
  • Maintain files
  • Assist office visitors and callers 


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  • You must be able to type at least 40 words per minute with no more than three errors.
  • To apply for the GS-1 level ($10.60 per hour) job, you must be at least 16 years old and enrolled in high school.
  • To apply for the GS-2 level ($11.91 per hour) job, you must have 3 months of full-time clerical experience OR have graduated from high school (e.g., freshmen year of college).
  • To apply for the GS-3 level ($13.00 per hour) job, you must have 6 months of full-time clerical experience OR 1 year of education above the high school (e.g., be going into your sophomore year of college).
  • To apply for the GS-4 level ($14.59 per hour) job, you must have 1 year of full-time clerical experience OR 2 years of education above high school (e.g., be going into your junior year of college).
  • To apply for the GS-5 level ($16.33 per hour) job, you must have 1 year of full-time experience at the GS-4 level OR 4 years of education above high school (e.g., going into your 5th year of college or graduated with a Bachelor's degree and enrolled in a Master's program).
  • A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify for all levels.

All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: Accreditation

Note:  Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

Education may be substituted for experience 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 outside of the bargaining unit.


Applicant qualifications will be assessed based on level of completed education and relevant work experience.

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational 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.  
Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality 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 block 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.


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. 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 Resource Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.


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)

If you are eligible under a special appointing authority (e.g., veterans appointment
or persons with mental retardation, severe physical disability or psychiatric disabilities), you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and only if applicable, SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, plus the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating for preference under the disabled veterans appointing authority.

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.  



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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