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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Grants Management Specialist) GS-1199-05/07/09
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DGA-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,415.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 17, 2014 to Friday, January 31, 2014
Full-time,Part-time. - This is a year-round Internship position under the Pathways Program.
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA   View Map
Open to any U.S. Citizen, at least 16 years old, who is a student that is currently enrolled in a degree or certificate-seeking program taking at least a half-time course load. You also need to have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


About the Agency

Our flexible work opportunities for students under the Pathways Program allow you to gather real professional experience and meaningful contacts as you begin your career. You will have the opportunity to see how both the federal government and our agency operate. Together, we ensure that the daily operations at NSF run smoothly and serve the needs of the science, engineering and education communities to produce results. Join us today! More about NSF. Positions under this vacancy announcement will be filled using hiring authorities under the Pathways Programs.
This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Programs. Veteran’s Preference will be applied in filling these positions.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) posts announcements for opportunities in the Internship Program multiple times per year.
  • This vacancy will be used to select multiple students for positions at NSF.
  • Applications to this announcement become part of an active applicant pool and will be considered up to 120 days from the closing of this announcement.
  • When a hiring manager requests an intern, qualified candidates will be forwarded for consideration.
  • The hiring manager will contact directly candidates who have been selected for an interview.
  • If you are not selected for a position before the next Internship announcement is posted, your application becomes inactive.
  • To be considered for other Internship positions at NSF, candidates must reapply each time a new announcement is posted.
  • Eligible students must be currently 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.


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  • 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


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As a Student Trainee in the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA) the incumbent will:

  • Participate in reviewing program recommendations and in negotiating, drafting and awarding grants, cooperative agreements and other agreements with Federal agencies for funding scientific research and other related activities, including research facilities. 
  • Utilize highly automated electronic and computer systems to review, process and generate certain data and documentation.  



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To qualify for the GS-5, you need to have one of the following:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in federal service. Examples of this experience includes: participating, with supervision, in the federal grant award process; gathering and analyzing data; and generating reports.
OR Have successfully completed a full four year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university.
OR Have a combination of post high school education and experience that, combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify for the GS-7, you need to have one of the following
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: participating in the grant award process; screening grants for completeness; conducting analysis of data and preparing reports.
OR Have one full year of graduate level education.
OR Have superior academic achievement eligibility after completing a Bachelor’s degree.
OR Have a combination of post high school education and experience that, combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify for the GS-9, you need to have one of the following
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include: reviewing routine grants, agreements and proposals for completeness; obtaining additional information when necessary; and completing related assignments to develop skills and knowledge in grants management.
OR Have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree.
OR Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master`s or equivalent graduate degree.
OR Have a combination of post high school education and experience that, combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.

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.

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 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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Relocation expenses will not be paid. 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.


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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. Since referrals may occur prior to the closing date, we urge you to submit all required documents as soon as possible; you cannot be referred until you have filed a complete application which includes the required documents. 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. Your application under this job announcement will be considered up to 120 days from the closing date of the announcement.


You must submit all required documents at the time you complete your application or you will not be considered for futher consideration.
  • Please 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.)
  • Please provide proof of enrollment for the current semester (i.e., course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar.)


DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
  • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
  • For information on veteran's eligibility visit:  At the time of application, if you choose not to upload the documents, you will be directed to a webpage which lists the available fax coversheets for any documents we require. (Veterans note: documents related to veteran's preference are requested only when you first register in NSF's eRecruit system.) Please print out the appropriate fax coversheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully.

    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: 703-292-2466
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-2466


You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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