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Job Title:NASA's Pathways Intern Employment Program (Ele. Eng.) Summer Only

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:John F. Kennedy Space Center

Job Announcement Number:KS13P0041

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

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$34,907.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 08, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013




Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types




1 vacancy in the following location:
Kennedy Space Center, FLView Map


Current Students from accredited educational institutions pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree. Preferred Majors include: Electrical Engineering.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity - Ambition - Teamwork - A sense of Daring - and a Probing Mind - That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

At Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a flexible, mission-focused workforce is key to our success. KSC serves as NASA¿s Center of Excellence for both launch and payload processing systems. KSC is creating an exciting future where it will develop capabilities for the next generation to explore space, expand commercial access to space for crew and cargo, and develop many more missions to explore our home planet, the solar system, and the universe beyond. We want you to be a part of this great legacy by joining our team!

Kennedy Space Center provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact (NOTE: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please visit the following website,

The Federal Government is an equal opportunity employer.

This is a 10 week temporary summer internship position. The work may involve trainee duties in the Launch Services Program directorate/ Environment & Launch Approval Branch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. This position is for students currently pursuing a degree or accepted for enrollment in a degree program. See qualification requirements section for additional details.

The Pathways Intern Employment Program was established in the excepted service and provides for planned, progressive education studies at an accredited institution. Position grade levels will be determined by academic achievement. Students advance to higher grades as education is completed and approved by management. All interns that meet eligibility requirements will be referred to the manager based on hiring needs. This is not a guarantee of permanent employment. As similar vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made. For more information about Kennedy Space Center Pathways Programs visit:

Please note the following items:
1. Travel / Relocation will NOT be provided
2. This appointment is NOT to exceed August 9, 2013
3. Applicant MUST indicate the lowest acceptable grade


  • Applicants must identify their grad date, degree, major, credits & GPA
  • Completion of pre-employment background/credit investigation
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.9 or higher
  • Ability to work: A maximum of 10 weeks


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The Pathways Intern will serve as a civil servant student trainee engineer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center in the Launch services Program Directorate/Environment & Launch Approval Branch responsible for providing on-time, on-orbit & on-cost Launch Services.


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NASA Pathways Intern candidates will be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in qualifying institutions. Candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with NASA and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying.

A. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying institution. (a transcript and/or acceptance may be requested)
B. Must have a minimum of a 2.9 cumulative GPA.
C. Applicants must identify their graduation date, degree, area of study , GPA, & total credit hours [or high school academic level (i.e. junior or sophomore)]
D. Preferred Majors include Electrical Engineering (Electromagnetics, RF Systems, Antennas)
E. For engineering positions the qualifying institutions must be accredited by (
F. Requirements for levels:
1. GS-6: Completion of 3 academic years of post-high school study (the 1 academic year is the equivalent to 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours)
2. GS-7: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school study (or all the requirements) for a bachelor¿s degree and accepted into a master¿s program
3. GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master¿s level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program
4. GS-11: Completion of 1 academic year of Doctoral level education
Failure to provide the above information at the time of application will result in removal from consideration.

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 assess this
website 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:

Applicants for student trainee (engineering) positions qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only, the following degrees are appropriate: Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Earth & Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Applied Mechanics, Mechanics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Physics Engineering, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering, Other Appropriate Physical Science or Engineering Field.

1. Applicants must be 16 years old on or before June 3, 2013
2. U.S. citizenship is required
3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service (


Candidates will be evaluated to determine if they meet the Pathways Program and position requirements. Candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with NASA and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA's Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. Candidates who meet these requirements may be further evaluated. Veteran's preference will then be applied in accordance with 5 CFR Part 302. If candidates are further evaluated using NASA¿s category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference with the appropriate category.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Your USAJobs account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply. Positions are excepted service ¿ excluded from the career transition program (CTAP/ICTAP).


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Individuals seeking to apply for Pathways Intern Employment Program positions should apply through Applicants will then continue through the NASA's automated Staffing and Recruitment System (STARS). Applicants must identify their graduation date, degree, major, number of credits, & GPA. When asked, ¿How did you hear about this opportunity?¿ select other to continue. For step-by-step instructions on how to apply visit the Kennedy Space Center Pathways Programs website:


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the 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 screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative KSA statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide ( ). 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 or proof of Federal employment status. 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). Failure to provide required documentation upon request within the stated time period may result in removal from consideration.


NASA Kennedy Space Center
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
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Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA Stars. After applying if you are found best qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends on the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official. In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates. Selections are expected to be made within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants can expect to be notified of their non-selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement via email.

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