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Department:  Department of the Navy
Agency:  Naval Sea Systems Command
Job Announcement Number:  NW30499-02-10115394E721471P

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 $60,765.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 13, 2013 to Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Full Time - Internships
Many vacancies in the following location:
Dahlgren, VA View Map
Individuals currently accepted for enrollment OR currently enrolled in a qualifying educational institution, as defined by 5 CFR 362.102, on a full or half-time basis.


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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) is one of eight Divisions of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. We are the Navy’s principal research, development, and test and evaluation for surface ship combat systems. We perform warfare analysis, research, design, development, systems integration, strategic missile systems support, special and amphibious warfare and fleet engineering services. As one of the lead laboratories for the Navy, our civilian scientists and engineers take on demanding research and development programs. They explore beyond the known boundaries of technology to design the nation’s defenses for the next century.


This is a student internship appointment.  Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency’s discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel may be required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses and/or relocation incentives may or may not be authorized.


  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • You must obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
  • Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in school.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.


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The Pathways Intern Program is a work experience that provides an opportunity for college students to pursue work that is relevant and beneficial to their academic studies.  Work assignments are designed to assist the trainee who has a basic or advanced knowledge of scientific concepts and technology.  Trainees will adopt theory and/or good scientific practices to the assignments and justify the approaches taken, methodology, and conclusions to other members of the team or the supervisor.  Assignments are part of a project and may involve developing information from a variety of sources. At the ND-02 level, trainees will be expected to carry out assignments recognizing problem areas and following instructions on how to resolve problems. 


The program is an excellent opportunity for college graduate students to get an interesting, real-world experience in the field of engineering while contributing to the defense of our nation.


The Dahlgren Division is the U.S. Navy’s principal research, development, and test evaluation laboratory for surface ship combat systems, ordnance, mines, and strategic support.  We are located on the “Northern Neck” of Virginia, approximately 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA.



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In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient education to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.  


To qualify for this position you must:

·        Have successfully completed four academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree or will within 9 months of the closing date of this announcement.   

This position has Conditions of Employment (screen-outs) which will be used to determine minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants not possessing these Conditions of Employment will be found ineligible for this position. The Conditions of Employment are: 

·        United States citizenship.


·        18 years of age or older.



·    Currently accepted for enrollment, currently enrolled, or expecting to enroll in a post-high school educational program to pursue a Master's degree in Biology.

This position has a Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) which will be used to determine minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants not possessing this Selective Placement Factor will be found ineligible for this position. The Selective Placement Factor is: 


·        Successful completion (or will within 9 months from the closing date of this announcement) of four academic years of post-high school study leading to a Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in Biology.


This position has a Quality Ranking Factor that will be used to differentiate best qualified candidates. The Quality Ranking Factor is: A cumulative college grade point average of 2.95 or better prior to entrance on duty.



You are eligible if you are currently accepted for enrollment or enrolled in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.


As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.   To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions.


1) A high school whose curriculum has been  approved by a State or local governing body, or a home-school curriculum that has been approved by such a body or a State; and

2) Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education:

(i) A technical or vocational school;

(ii) A 2-year or 4-year college or university;

(iii) A graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or

(iv) A home-school curriculum


Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student

Must be taking at least a half-time academic course load, as defined by the school


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements, if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying.  For further information, please visit:

Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.


A secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.   If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.


Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period. 


Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Internship Program Requirements: Must be able to work a minimum work requirement of 16 weeks (640 hours) prior to graduation.  Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  


Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Internship Program Benefits and Work Schedule: Work schedules may be full or part-time at the discretion of the hiring manager.  Student is eligible to earn annual and sick leave, health and life insurance, and retirement benefits.


Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Internship Program Financial Support: 50% of tuition only support per semester.  Allotment of up to $400 for required book expenses.  Salary at grade level based upon completion of specific number of academic years.  Payment of travel and transportation expenses between the duty station and school may be offered.


You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume, responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and your supporting documentation, to determine your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies: 


1.  Academics

2.  Technical Competence:  Knowledge of how to perform one's job.  Refers to specialized knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience.

3.  Conscientiousness:  Displays a high level of effort and commitment towards performing work; demonstrates responsible behavior.

4.  Integrity/Honesty:  Displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; chooses an ethical course of action; is trustworthy.

5.  Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others; relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations.

6.  Flexibility:  Adapts quickly to changes.



NOTE: Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application package, or that your resume or application package is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Internship Program Conditions of Employment: Reporting dates are flexible; however, most students start work at the end of the spring semester.  Applicants who have dual citizenship with the United States and any other country cannot be appointed.  Applicants with dual citizenship must renounce their citizenship in the foreign country.


Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Internship Program Student Obligation: 

Work for NSWCDD for period of time equivalent to the time for which financial aid was received.  The service obligation must be fulfilled after support is received and after successful completion of the degree program.  If student resigns or fails to continue employment with NSWCDD, then the student is obligated to repay a prorated portion of the aid received.  In the event NSWCDD is unable to convert the student due to administrative reasons (budget constraints, lack of work) the student will not be held liable for the financial aid received and will voluntarily resign or be terminated.



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Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


May be noncompetitively converted to a term or permanent competitive service position. 


Must be a United States citizen to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service.


Relocation expenses and/or recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.


May be promoted or reassigned.


A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.


Active duty military members MAY apply under this announcement. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.


The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


Program Completion and Conversion:


Interns may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

·        To be eligible for conversion Interns must:

o   Completed a minimum work requirement of 640 hours prior to graduation.  The 640 hour’s work requirement must be met prior to receiving degree

o   Have performed their job successfully and have a favorable recommendation for appointment by an official of the agency in which the Intern served.

o   Meet qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted

o   Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement

·        NSWCDD is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an offer of employment.

·        Agencies my waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.

·        Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience.

Applicants claiming veteran’s preference must submit a copy of their DD214, Report of Separation for Active Duty.  Applicants claiming ten points veteran’s preference must also submit a SF15, Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, together with the proof required by the form.


Applicants claiming military spouse preference must submit a copy of the sponsor’s permanent change of station orders showing the spouse as an authorized dependent, together with a statement that spouse preference is requested for this vacancy and has not previously been used to obtain a position in this commuting area.


Federal Annuitant Information:

The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants.  Policy information may be found at:


Veteran’s Preference Information:


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
- Complete Resume.
- Complete Assessment Questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire.

- Transcripts

- Veterans’ Preference Documents

- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and print out the applicant checklist.  The applicant checklist will assist you in determining what documents you need submit. 


Your complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested.


If more than one resume is received, only the last resume received and processed will be reviewed.

If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account: select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  


If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: 


This Vacancy ID is 1011539.


** It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all information in their resume and documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible, and accurate.  HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **


The documents you are required to submit vary for each individual.  We recommend that you print a copy of this application checklist for reference while completing your application package.  The link to the applicant checklist below will assist you in determining which documents you need to submit for this vacancy: 

Application Checklist-External


Please read and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.  Missing application information will not be requested.


Failure to submit a complete application package (Current resume, assessment questionnaire and applicable required documents, as noted in applicant checklist) may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. 


DON Employment Info Center EIC
Phone: (800)378-4559
TDD: (858)577-5723
Agency Information:
17632 Dahlgren Rd
Suite 200
Dahlgren, VA


When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement.  You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. 


Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.   Best qualified applicants with veterans' preference are entitled to initial selection consideration.  If there are a sufficient number of best qualified applicants with veterans' preference, only those veterans will be referred to the hiring manager.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


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