Student Trainee (Engineering)

Hampton, Virginia
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is in NASA's Pathways Intern Program which provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience.

This announcement is for one internship located in the Engineering Directorate, Systems Engineering and
Engineering Methods Branch at NASA Langley Research Center. The work concerns professional engineering and physical science equipment development that advance the state of the art. Typical work assignments appear below.
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  • Supports senior branch members in performance of a variety of statistical engineering studies spanning numerous projects primarily within the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
  • Receives advanced training through classroom and on-the-job instruction to provide a more thorough understanding of engineering principles, analysis, methodologies, and discipline-related research.
  • Independently carries out both assigned work activities and self-identified activities related to position.
  • Functions in an assistant capacity, typically working with senior staff members, carrying out predetermined phases of the assignments to provide broad exposure to the organization's work activities.
  • Researches and analyzes data, issues, and information that support project recommendations or the work assignments of higher-grade specialists.
  • Prepares well-researched and logically organized presentation related to work assignments. Presents facts, issues and positions that convey the intended information with the appropriate diplomacy and emphasis.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U. S. citizen or national
  • Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution
  • Pursuing a degree
  • Maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale


Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level:

GS-7: Accepted into a master's or juris doctor program OR in the first year of a master's or juris doctor program. Starting salary - $47,264.00

GS-9: Completed one academic year of a master's or juris doctor program OR accepted into a doctorate
program OR in the first year of a doctorate program. Starting salary - $57,809.00

GS-11: Completed one year of doctorate-level study. Starting salary - 62,365.00


To be eligible for this position, you must be pursuing a degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, OR Aerospace Engineering at an accredited educational institution.

Degrees in engineering technology are not qualifying for this position.

Engineering degrees must be from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to .

Additional information

Pathways internships last the duration of your pursuit of your degree. Students who are local will usually work and go to school simultaneously. Students who attend college out of state will usually work on breaks. In either case, there is a minimum of 640 work hours that must be attained either prior to or upon completion of coursework for the student's degree. Once the student completes the degree requirements they may be converted to a civil service position within 120 days from that date, but in order to participate/be eligible for a Pathways internship, you must remain in school.

Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed and acceptable performance. However, promotions are not guaranteed.

You must have at least one academic year of study remaining before completing degree requirements.

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies.

You will only be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.

You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Intern appointment.

Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completing degree requirements provided they:
  • Successfully completed an academic course of study with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience before completing degree requirements;
  • Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which they are converted; and
  • Maintain acceptable performance.
Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion. At NASA, term appointments last from one to six years. If an Intern is converted to a term appointment, they may later be converted to a permanent appointment without competing.

The Intern may be converted to an Aerospace Engineer with promotion potential to the GS-13 level.
You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

You will only be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and your answers to NASA-specific questions to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Your answers to the NASA-specific questions supplement your resume. Please be sure that your answers and your resume are accurate, as NASA is not authorized to alter them. If the information in your resume differs from your answers to the questions, we will use your answers to the questions to determine your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications, you will be further evaluated based on the preferred majors listed under 'Education.'

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's preference will only be granted based on what is supported by the documentation you provide. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer a short series of NASA-specific questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. Nothing further is required until requested by the human resources office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume and your answers to the NASA-specific questions. For example, we will ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we will ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus the proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the requested documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw the job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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