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Job Title:Student Trainee (Financial Management Specialist) GS-0599-05

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:DFM-2014-0021

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 $44,745.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 9, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014




Full-time,Part-time. - This is a year-round Internship position under the Pathways Program.




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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.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

This position is located in the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA), Division of Financial Management (DFM), Cash Management Branch (CMB).   The NSF promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by sponsoring scientific and engineering research and education through grants and cooperative agreements. DFM services over 1,700 recipient organizations holding in excess of 48,000 active awards for which over $6.9 billion is disbursed on an annual basis. DFM process over 100,000 in grant, fellowship, vendor, and travel payments each year.

Positions under this vacancy announcement will be filled using hiring authorities under the Pathways Programs.  Veteran’s Preference will be applied in filling these positions.

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.


  • Eligible students must be currently enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  •  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.
  • 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.



  • Not Required


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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
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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The incumbent of this position will work in an area of DFM responsible for NSF cash management and monitoring for improper payments.  The primary purpose of the position is to learn the cash management processes for overseeing, examining, analyzing, reconciling payments while verifying the accuracy of financial data for the transactions that will ultimately impact NSF’s financial statements and reports.

As a Student Trainee in the Division of Financial Management (DFM) the incumbent will:

  • Assists with data retrieval and analysis, using various data bases, and performs technical analytical support to establishment of new computerized financial management systems.
  • Assists in the development of detailed reports, recommendations, and briefing materials resulting from program evaluation projects. Assists in the presentation of briefings to senior managers;
  • Under close supervision, performs assignments that allow the incumbent to become familiar with basic NSF statutes and regulations and the DFM programs;
  • Receives on-the-job training in the overall conduct of the DFM’s program initiatives.
  • Gathers, assesses, and analyzes data, in order to research electronic data, and identify information concerning trend analysis on administrative or operational functions in the division.


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To qualify at the GS-5 level,  you must have at least three years of progressive work experience, one year of which is equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Examples of this experience may include: responsibility for identifying problems, gathering data, and recognizing solutions; planning and organizing work; and communicating orally and in writing;

OR Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university;

OR Possess a combination of post high school education and work experience that in combination meet the requirements for this position.

All Education must be 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.)  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 a 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 or tweet @NSF_Vacancies.

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