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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Grant and Contract Technician) GS-1199-05/06/07-Intern
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DIAS-2013-0005

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
Thursday, May 09, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013
Full-time, Part-time. - This is an Internship position under the Pathways Program.
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, US  View Map

Open to any U.S. Citizen, at least 16 years old, who is a student. Must be enrolled for the current/upcoming 2013 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.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF. This position is located in the Directorate for Budget, Finance and Award Management, Division of Institution and Award Support (DIAS). DIAS is responsible for providing excellence in the Stewardship of the federal funding awarded by NSF to support science, technology and engineering research and education across the Nation; ensuring that innovative business practices convey excellence in managing NSF's activities on par with the Foundation's mission-oriented outcome goals and providing a living model of organizational excellence, agility, and innovation, including contributing leadership in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art business practices for federal financial assistance.

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.

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.
  • Must provide proof of current semester 2013.


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Maintain Branch's Management Tracking database (MTD). This database tracks all of the Branch's workflow from assignment inception to closure.

Assists supervisors and Branch Cost Analyst in obtaining information and corrdinating activity related to daily office operations. This includes working closely with the Branch staff in preparing appropriate documentation, scheduling and attending meetins as needed, and ensuring that proper documentation and format procedures are conformed with, and that the office’s policies and procedures are followed. The employee prepares or oversees the preparation of all necessary documentation and correspondence and related fils systems.

Responds in writing to requests for specific instructions, general guidelines, same proposal format, governing Federal cost principles, and other information needed for their use in preparing indirect cost rate proposals.

Assists Branch staff in preparing Power Point presentations and related handout materials.

Receives visitors and phone calls. Controls and distributes mail received by the Branch. Maintains Branch’s documentation files. Makes travel arrangements, prepares travel orders, vouchers and training requests for all Branch staff. Servers as the Division's timekeeper. Periodically determines office supplies needed by the Branch staff and prepares a supply list for the Administrative Officer.


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To qualify at the GS-05 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-4 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: receiving visitors and screening telephone calls; drafting spreadsheets and word processing documents; assisting in setting up meetings; maintaining filing systems; assisting with making travel arrangements; and maintaining supervisor's daily calendar of appointments; OR have successfully completed four full years of education above high school level.

To qualify at GS-06 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: maintaining tracking/filling system; assisting staff in preparing presentation materials; using software packages to prepare spreadsheets and word processing documents; reviewing correspondence and documents to ensure proper format; assisting with making travel arrangements; and maintaining supervisor's daily calendar of appointments; OR Successful completion of nine (9) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university.

To qualify at GS-7, you need to have one of the following: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level (18 semester hours) education; OR eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision: Achievement of Baccalaureate and in the upper one-third of your graduating class or a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or based on courses completed during your final 2 years.

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 in the bargaining unit.


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 a 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. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

  • Pre-tax parking
  • Public transportation subsidy
  • Child Development Center on site
  • 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 


For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

Relocation expenses will not be paid. 


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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 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. 


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 MUST submit your unofficial college transcripts with your application. This office will be unable to determine qualification eligibility without transcripts.  Applications without transcripts are incomplete applications and may be rated "INELIGIBLE".  Transcripts will not be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.)
  • You should provide proof of enrollment for the current or upcoming semester 2013 (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:
1. 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 to verify 10-Point Veteran's preference and/or to document eligibility 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.  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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