Job Overview


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.



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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No