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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Administrative), (Not to Exceed 89 days) GS-0399-02/03/04/05
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  NSF-2014-0015

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25,114.00 to $44,745.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 03, 2014 to Monday, March 17, 2014
Full-time,Part-time - Not to exceed 89 days.
FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA View Map
Arlington, VA View Map
Open to any U.S. Citizen, at least 16 years old, who is a student currently enrolled for the Spring 2014/Fall 2014 semesters 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

This internship opportunity allows students to see how both the federal government and NSF 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! Positions under this vacancy announcement will be filled under the Internship component of the Pathways Programs hiring authority.

About Summer Employment at NSF:

• Veteran’s preference rules will be applied in filling these positions.

• When you apply for a summer position, you are not applying for one specific position.

• This vacancy announcement will be used to select multiple interns to work at the National Science Foundation.

• Eligible candidates must be currently enrolled and taking at least a half-time course load in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.  Proof of current enrollment and GPA must be included in your application package.

• To be considered for other Intern positions at NSF, you must reapply each time a new announcement is posted.

• This position is temporary and will not to exceed 89 days.  Interns will be required to sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement prior to appointment.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be a student in a degree or certificate-seeking program.
  • You must be taking at least a half-time course load.
  • You must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must type 40 words per minute with no more than three errors.
  • Background investigation


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Our Student Trainees (Administrative) are clerical positions. They provide support to National Science Foundation scientists and administrators who promote and fund the best possible awards through grants. These positions can be your first step into a fulfilling career at NSF! 

As a Student Trainee (Administrative) you will:

• Type a variety of documents

• Enter data

• Sort and distribute mail

• Maintain files

• Assist office visitors and callers


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• You must be able to type at least 40 words per minute with no more than three errors.

• To apply for the GS-2 level ($12.03 per hour) job, you must have 3 months of full-time clerical experience OR have graduated from high school (e.g., freshmen year of college).

• To apply for the GS-3 level ($13.13 per hour) job, you must have 6 months of full-time clerical experience OR 1 year of education above the high school (e.g., be going into your sophomore year of college).

• To apply for the GS-4 level ($14.74 per hour) job, you must have 1 year of full-time clerical experience OR 2 years of education above high school (e.g., be going into your junior year of college).

• To apply for the GS-5 level ($16.49 per hour) job, you must have 1 year of full-time experience at the GS-4 level OR successfully completed 4 full years of education above the high school level (e.g., going into your 5th year of college or graduated with a Bachelor's degree and enrolled in a Master's program).

• A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify for all levels.

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 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.


Applicant qualifications will be assessed based on level of completed education and relevant work experience. 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.

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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.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and/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 Resource Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.


You must submit all required documents at the time you complete your application or it will not receive 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 Spring 2014/Fall 2014 semesters (i.e., course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar.)

If you are entitled to veterans' preference:

You must provide a copy of your DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, 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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