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Job Title:  Management Intern, GS-301-7/11
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  National Institutes of Health
Job Announcement Number:  NIH-OHR-MP-13-866398

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 08, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
6 vacancies in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map
This position is open to current NIH employees on career/career-conditional appointments for at least the previous 52 weeks, at the GS-7 through GS-12, VRA and Schedule A eligibles, and individuals under CTAP only.


The NIH Management Intern Program offers outstanding NIH employees the opportunity to explore different administrative career fields, gain invaluable insight into the NIH, and to attain future administrative, leadership positions!

This is a Career Opportunities Training Agreement (COTA) Position within the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Office of Human Resources, Workforce Support & Development Division, NIH Training Center. You will serve as a Management Intern with an opportunity to transition into skilled administrative and management areas. Graduates have become some of NIH's most respected administrative managers. Interns gain experience and can pursue careers in a variety of NIH occupations, including Administrative Officers, Budget Officers and Analysts, Legislative Analysts, Program and Management Analysts, Grants and Contract Management Specialists, Writers/Editors, Public Affairs Specialists, Human Resources Specialists, and EEO Officers and Specialists. 

For complete information, visit our website at:


  • You must be a current NIH employee on a career/career conditional appt.
  • Or be serving under an excepted appt without time limitation under
  • Schedule A Authorities for the disabled or the Veterans Readjustment Act.
  • You must be on appointment with NIH for at least the previous 52 weeks.
  • You must currently be a GS-7 through GS-12 or Wage Grade equivalent.
  • You must be able to work full-time.


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As a Management Intern you will receive on-the-job and/or formal training to develop analytical skills.  Assignments will be developmental and progressively more difficult, designed to improve your grasp and understanding of the methodology and performance of work assignments.


You will attend conferences, seminars, participate in discussion groups, and receive classroom education to support and augment your development. Through these activities, you will learn to manage the breadth of administrative functions to support the biomedical research program of the NIH.


You will develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Your IDP will cover the entire training period. The plan will specify developmental assignments involving on-the-job training and formal training courses.  The plan will correspond to your particular needs for training in relation to meeting the requirements of the target position.


Your Performance Management Appraisal Plan (PMAP) will cover each year of the training period. The plan will specify the performance goals for each year based on developmental assignments and work goals.  Placement in the target position will require at least a Fully Successful rating for each year of the training period.


At the end of the training program, you will work with your mentor to find an appropriate placement in an Institute's administrative organization. You will be required, with the assistance of your mentor, to locate a position, upon completing the program. Typically, interns have job offers prior to leaving the program.

You may not convert from this program until all requirements of the Individual Development Plan and the USOPM Qualification Standards, including any positive education requirements, have been met. Once you have been converted from the program, you have further non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-12 level.


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The COTA allows for a time-limited suspension on experience requirements specified in the OPM Qualification Standards so that you may receive intensive developmental assignments to prepare and qualify for the targeted series and grade. To be considered for the position, you must be continuously employed by the NIH for the previous 52 weeks with no break in service within 30 days of the announcement closing date; able to work full-time; be a GS-7 through GS-12, or a wage grade equivalent; have competitive status or be serving under an excepted appointment without time limitations under Schedule A Authorities for the disabled or the Veterans Readjustment Act; demonstrate the skills necessary for development of and entrance into technical, administrative or professional careers; and have a current record of performance that is acceptable.


Promotion into this position is not authorized. If selected, you will be reassigned to the GS-7 GS-9, or GS-11, Management Intern or voluntarily changed to a lower grade with pay retention if appropriate.  The target position is Management Intern GS-11.  The full performance level of the target position is to the GS-12.


If you currently hold the following grades, GS-7, GS-9, GS-11, you WILL be considered at your CURRENT grade and/or any lower grade to which you apply.

If you are a GS-8, GS-10, or GS-12, you WILL be considered at one grade lower than your present grade and/or any lower grade level to which you apply.

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


Applicants will be assessed and final selections made using the following process:


The Human Resources Office will conduct a preliminary review of each application to determine whether area of consideration and grade level requirements are met.



Referred applicants will complete a timed writing exercise. Writing samples will be rated by a panel.  Written exercises will be evaluated with regards to organization, content, syntax and overall clarity of message.


Applicants who rate the highest in the writing assessment will move on to participate in a group exercise. A panel will sit in during the group exercise and rate each applicant individually based on their participation in the group exercise, focusing on leadership skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to perform as a successful member of a team. Each applicant will also be rated based on individual questions asked at the conclusion of the group exercise.

It will be required that all applicants who make it to the group exercise provide a copy of their 2012 PMAP. For final consideration, a PMAP must be rated at a minimum "Fully Successful".


Applicants who rate the highest in the group work exercise will move on to the final portion of the selection process, which is a panel interview.


Final selections will be made based on the results of the panel interview, the applicant's resume, answers to the announcement questions, and the applicant's most recent performance appraisal.



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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.


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, 866398.   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 ET on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, April 15, 2013.

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, 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.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or Email CPR, or visit the National Archives Website.



Toni Moore
Phone: (301)451-6822
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health HR
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 10 - 15 business days of the closing date you may check the status of your application online. If you were rated eligible, it will indicate whether or not your application was referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Applicants may check the status of applications by accessing MYUSAJOBS.

Enter your user name and password.

Click on "Applications" in the section above My Resumes to access the USAJOBS online application history screen.

Locate the appropriate announcement/position and review the information in the next to last column to see your status. For more information you may click on the "More Information" link.

From the Welcome page, select the radio button for "View Detailed Status of applications with this agency," and click the continue button.

On the "Current Applicant Status" page, you will be able to view the vacancy status and any additional information in the "Comments" section.





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