Job Overview


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.


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.