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Job Title:NIH Internship (Laborer)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:HHS-NIH-IN-14-1060901

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$11.06 to $16.37 / Per Hour


Thursday, March 06, 2014 to Wednesday, March 12, 2014




Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE 9/30/2014




Many vacancies in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD View Map


U.S. citizens, non - U.S. citizens, national or legal permanent residents


Q - Nonsensitive




The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be at least 16 years of age;
  • Must be U.S. citizen prior to conversion to career or career-cond. appt;
  • Must meet Education Requirements (See Qualification section below)


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NIH Interns perform duties in one of the Institutes or Centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH Interns receive on-the-job- training while pursuing their educational degree. Assignments are aimed at developing the employee's skills and knowledge to progressively perform more difficult duties.


Individuals appointed as NIH Intern (Laborer) will perform manual tasks under the guidance of skilled trades workers.  Assignments will be developmental in nature but will advance the employee's knowledge and skills to progress into skilled trades positions such as carpentry, pipe fitting, electrician, maintenance mechanic, etc. 


As a NIH Intern (Laborer) you will:

  • Perform a variety of tasks common to and typical of the various trades which are basic and routine to the occupation, working with and under the instruction of the journeyman trades person, maintenance supervisor or others as assigned.
  • Perform general cleaning duties in mechanical spaces, wire closets, etc. 
  • Perform manual tasks such as cleaning and sweeping floors, wiping oil and grease off of exposed surfaces of equipment, clean lighting fixtures, washing tubes, reflectors, covers etc.

  • Use common manual hand tools and equipment and simple power equipment to perform tasks. 

  • Perform other manual tasks such as lifting, and carrying heavy objects, getting tools and equipment and helping operating engineers.





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You will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.

The approved job elements for this occupation are listed as follows:
(1)  Reliability and Dependability.  (SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT)

Individuals that are reliable and dependable are on-time for scheduled meetings and appointments and complete assignments on-time and accurately.

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You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. If you are enrolled for Fall 2014 semester and do not have a transcript, please provide an acceptance letter or enrollment letter with your application (for example; a graduating high school student that is enrolled for a bachelor's degree program for Fall 2014 must provide proof of acceptance). Applicants who have completed their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization and must provide a copy of the evaluation at the time of application.


To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis 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. Certificate programs are defined as post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.


Applicants must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. We DO NOT round. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale is required throughout the duration of the internship. GPA is based on current enrollment. Previous GPA will not be considered when enrolling in a new academic program. For example, a high school student that is graduating and is enrolled in the first semester of college for Fall 2014 will not have a GPA. Education will only be credited for course work completed at the time of application review. Education that is in-progress at the time of application review cannot be credited.


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.  Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Veteran's Preference does apply.   If you are a veteran, please refer to the following links for additional information and required documents:

We will review your application package to ensure that you meet the job requirements.  Your application package must support your answers to the assessment questionnaire.   If your answers cannot be verified, your rating will be changed to an appropriate level. If you are claiming Veterans Preference, to verify your preference claim and receive preference you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of four groupings:

  • Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more
  • Other 10-point preference eligible
  • 5-point preference eligible
  • Non preference eligible    


Preference groups will be merged and selections can be made from any preference category.



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Interns appointed for less than one year in duration are generally not eligible for benefits.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


This position is a temporary NIH Internship position with a not to exceed (NTE) date of 9/30/2014; however, the appointment may be extended.


Students that are graduating May or June of 2014 that are not enrolled for a new degree-seeking program after graduation will be rated ineligible for this position.


NIH Interns, with U.S. citizenship, may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment (permanent, or to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of all program requirements specified by the Pathways Participant Agreement.  NIH Interns must work 640 hours prior to graduation in order to be eligible to convert.      

NIH Interns and their supervisors must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement that outlines expectations for the internship prior to entering on duty.

All NIH Pathways Interns are hired at the Step 1 of the grade in which they are selected.   


A pre-employment physical may be required prior to appointment.


We are unable to pay relocation expenses.  


Applicants under 18 years of age will require a work permit prior to appointment.  


The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.  

The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.  You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:


  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire. Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)



  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.) 


For additional information, click on the links below:


Additional Information on How to Apply


Information on Reasonable Accommodation


For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at


The following information is needed for a complete application:

1.     Resume via USAJOBS.

2.     Responses to online questionnaire.

3.     A copy of your unofficial transcript for current students or acceptance letter for students in the first semester of their program.

4.     If you are claiming veteran's preference, a copy of your DD214, member 4 or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days. Veterans claiming 10-point preference must submit a SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of the type of preference. To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.


Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.


Traci McCombs
Phone: (301)480-0375
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, you may check your status online at USAJOBS.  We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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