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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Engineering) - NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field
Job Announcement Number:  GR14I0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$29,098.00 to $36,289.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Part Time - Internships
8 vacancies in the following location:
Cleveland, OH View Map
U.S. citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institutions. Note: The previous announcement number GR13P0042 has been canceled and is being readvertised. ALL applicants that applied under the previous announcement must reapply to be considered.


Are you thinking about the future? At NASA, we make the future happen. Become a part of the NASA team - and develop job skills that could take you farther than you ever imagined. Start your career by building a bright future for yourself at NASA, recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government. The opportunities are "out of this world!"

The NASA Pathways Intern Program provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. Candidates may be selected in the following disciplines:


Required Majors:
Aeronautical Engineering*
Aerospace Engineering*
Applied Mathematics
Applied Mechanics
Applied Physics*
Astronautical Engineering*
Biomedical Engineering
Ceramic Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering*
Computer Science*
Electrical Engineering*
Electronics Engineering*
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics*
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics (pure or applied)
Mechanical Engineering*
Metallurgical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Engineering Physics
Optical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Welding Engineering
Other appropriate majors in physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering fields (not engineering technology).

*Preferred Majors


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled/accepted in an accredited college/university at least half time.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.9 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours completed.
  • Available to work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree.


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Participates in NASA's Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP). This is a formal training program consisting of rotational periods of study and work. Specialized training is designed to accelerate an employee to the full performance level. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the Program. Participants receive formal periodic assessments of progress and sign a Pathways Agreement.


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The following major(s) are preferred:
• Aeronautical Engineering
• Aeronautics
• Aerospace Engineering
• Applied Physics
• Astronautical Engineering
• Astronautics
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Electronics Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• Mechanical Engineering

To be eligible for this position, you must:
• Be a U.S. citizen;
• Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment;
• Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in an accredited educational institution;
• Be enrolled at least half-time as defined by your educational institution; and
• Have and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale).

The grade level you qualify for is based on education so you must include your academic status (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior), number of cumulative hours, projected graduation date, and cumulative GPA.

GS-4 - Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or higher (1 academic year is the equivalent of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).

GS-5 - Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or higher (2 academic years is the equivalent of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours).

GS-6 - Completion of 3 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or higher (3 academic years is the equivalent of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours).

NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with NASA and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Successful completion of a standard professional curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher with major study in engineering (not engineering technology), physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.

Many NASA positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements. Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled.

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 access 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:

• School name
• Academic major
• Cumulative GPA
• Projected graduation date
• Number of earned credit hours (semesters or quarters)

This is an appointment expected to last for more than 1 year. Interns may work schedules not to exceed 1,040 hours per year (part-time or full-time on an intermittent basis). The supervisor and Intern will agree on a formally-arranged schedule of school and work rotations. A rotation is a defined period of work or school study, usually a semester, a summer, or a quarter in length. Interns must complete 640 hours of work in order to be eligible for conversion to the competitive service.


We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on preferred areas of study described above.

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.


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


You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

You will be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify. Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed and acceptable performance, however, promotions are not guaranteed.

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies located at:

You will be required to sign a Pathways Intern Participant Agreement.

You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Intern appointment.

This announcement is being used to create an inventory of qualified applicants for Student Trainee (Engineering) positions and will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies.

Although this vacancy announcement is advertised for multiple grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels.

There will be several cut-off dates established during the open period of this announcement which will be used to create referral lists. The first cut-off date will be no earlier than December 3, 2013. All those who apply by the first cut off will be considered first. Thereafter, additional referral lists will be generated throughout the open period. This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements provided they:
• Successfully completed an academic course of study with a GPA of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale);
• Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;
• Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which they are converted; and
• Maintain acceptable performance.

Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

If you are tentatively selected for this position you may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here:


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Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as 'resume received - complete' (if your status is 'Application Started', you have not successfully applied.) Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resume Operations Center, Mail stop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.

DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for 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 NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. 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. 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). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


Traci L. Bassi
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends up on the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

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