Student Trainee (Engineering and Architecture)

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

  • As a Student Trainee (Engineering and Architecture), the incumbent will work under closer supervision performing assignments and completing training. At the full-performance level, you will be expected to:
  • Perform a variety of standardized and non-standardized engineering tasks to accomplish or provide technical support on assigned projects.
  • Assist in design analysis and modifications by compiling, computing, tabulating and making graphic or model presentations of pertinent data.
  • Review specifications, drawings, technical reports and other documentation.
  • Research standard references, guides, precedents and other sources to obtain pertinent technical information.
  • Prepare drawings and sketches using familiar methods, procedures and data inputs.
  • Conduct tests on materials and equipment which involves collecting and preparing samples, adjusting and operating equipment, recording instrument readings and evaluating test data.


Conditions of Employment

  • A trial or probationary period may be required in accordance with agency policy.
  • A post-secondary student appointment expires 120 days after completion of the designated academic course of study, unless the student is selected for noncompetitive conversion.
  • May be converted to a permanent appointment in the competitive service, to include the conversion out grade at the GS-05 or GS-07 and corresponding full performance grade at the GS-11 or GS-12.
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • If converted selectee may be required to meet additional conditions of employment.
  • If converted to a permanent position, selectee may be provided relocation assistance subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


The Student Intern Program offers post-secondary students 12 weeks of full-time employment, up to 480 hours, during the summer months. Approximate employment dates are end of May through mid-August. Actual length of employment is contingent upon budget and workload. Employment is intended to continue each subsequent year during the summer months while the student is enrolled in a degree program.

MAY be non-competitively converted to a career/career-conditional appointment within 120 days of successful completion of academic program.

Pay will vary by grade level and geographic location.

Who May Apply: To be eligible for consideration you must meet the definition of post-secondary student as defined below:

Post-Secondary Student: a person who, (1) is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at, a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and (2) is making satisfactory progress towards receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and (3) has completed (or will complete by December 2022) at least one year of the program.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant education and experience.

Additional information about transcripts is in this document .
GS-03 Minimum Qualifications:

Education: To qualify at the GS-03 level, students must have completed (or will complete by December 2022) 1 academic year of post-high school study (one year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university).

GS-04 Minimum Qualifications:

Education: To qualify at the GS-04 level, students must have completed (or will complete by December 2022) 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree (two years of full-time academic study is defined as 60 semester hours, 90 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Post-secondary students being considered for initial appointments to positions leading to target positions with positive education requirements should be enrolled in directly-related degree programs in order to meet the OPM qualification requirements for the target position upon completion of their academic program.

Must be in good academic standing and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average or equivalent, as eligibility criteria.

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • A Post-Secondary Student Participant Agreement is required for post-secondary students.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 16 - Engineers and Scientists (Non-Construction) position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Post-secondary students will initially be appointed to a term appointment in the competitive service for a period expected to last more than 1 year not to exceed 4 years; they may be non-competitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment within 120 days of successfully completing the qualifying academic program.
  • May be selected at any grade level with non-competitive promotion potential to target grade. Non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade is based on time-in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the higher graded duties.
  • Non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade is based on time-in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the higher graded duties.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit .
  • May be eligible for Situational Telework only, including emergency and OPM prescribed "Unscheduled Telework".
  • If selected, official college or university transcripts must be submitted. However, unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Additional financial incentives, such as recruitment or relocation incentives, may be offered for difficult to fill positions.