Student Trainee (Program Specialist), GS-0399-7/9 Pathways

National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Positions will be filled using hiring authorities under the Pathways Programs.

The Internship Program provides students enrolled in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. Veteran's Preference will be applied in filling positions under the Pathways Programs.

If you're looking for a dynamic work environment in a top-ranked Federal agency, look no further!

  • Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students will be on indefinite appointments during their period of eligibility under the Internship Program.
  • Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with NSF.
  • 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

  • No

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Background Check
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations-see tab above
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • 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.
  • To qualify for the GS-7, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience include: Collecting data and evaluating information; Reviewing budget data to monitor expenditures; and assisting with database queries.


    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education


    Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision: Achievement of Baccalaureate and in the upper one-third of your graduating class or a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or based on courses completed during your final 2 years.


    A combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.

    To qualify at the GS-9 level you must have one of the following: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Conducting analysis of financial matters to determine resources required; Using various data management systems to apply analytical techniques to identify patterns and trends, and to track and monitor analytical activities; Assisting in the performance of management studies to evaluate program success and to offer recommendations for improvement.


    A Master's or equivalent graduate degree;


    2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master`s or equivalent graduate degree;


    A combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.

    Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications."

    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.

    PLEASE 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.

    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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by 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.

    Not Applicable

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