NRO Student Internship (STEM)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Chantilly, Virginia
Posted
Oct 05, 2019
Closes
Oct 13, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

About NRO:
NRO Focuses on designing, building, launching, and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost- efficient industrial supplier, conducting rigorous launch schedules, or providing the highest-quality products to our customers, we never lose focus on who we are working to protect: our Nation and its Citizens.

For more information about NRO click "Learn more about this Agency" link below

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Responsibilities

The NRO Student Trainee Internship Program provides students enrolled in a wide variety of qualifying and educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore career paths related to their academic field of study or career interests.

Summer interns are full-time employees on a temporary appointment (for the period of May-August 2020. These opportunities are highly competitive; applicants must be US citizens, have a strong academic record (cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale), and possess outstanding communication skills.

At NRO, we offer our interns interesting, challenging work in core operational elements in the following offices that support the NRO mission and vision

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY- Performs a variety of tasks designed to enhance understanding of Information Technology processes, terminology, etc. Works under close and detailed technical supervision, using IT equipment, instruments, or software related to a technical professional field. Learns basic methods, techniques, and procedures to carry out specific tasks that are generally small phases of a larger project of assignment.

ENGINEERING - Performs a variety of tasks designed to enhanceunderstanding of NRO Career Field processes, terminology, etc. Works with staff members under technical supervision, using guidelines and processes to prepare and present briefings directly related to work assigned. Learns basic methods, techniques and procedures to carry out specific tasks that are generally small phases of a larger project or assignment.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
7

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen and 18 years or older
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service http://www.sss.gov
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/polygraph
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized.
  • FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Required
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is NOT telework eligible
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit: https://www.sss.gov/


Qualifications

This position may be filled at either GG-05 OR GG-07 grade level, please indicate the grade for which you want to be considered.
To be eligible to participate in NRO's Student Internship Program applicants must meet the following requirements.
1. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, and at least 18 years of age.

2. Applicants must be currently enrolled at least half-time in a U.S. Department of Education Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP) two-year or four-year College or University working towards a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree.

3. Applicants must be enrolled in a Baccalaureate Graduate, or Post-Graduate degree program with coursework related to NRO'S mission.

4. Applicants who have completed a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate program in a U.S. Department of Education Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP), and are in the first semester of a subsequent degree program at the time of application (i.e. just started a graduate program after previously completing or will be completing a bachelor's previous to start of internship) will be required to submit the final transcript from their previous degree program during the application process.

5. All selectees will be required to submit an updated official transcript prior to June 30, 2020.

6. Applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information, or TS/SCI with Polygraph.

7. Applicants will be tested for illegal drug use and subject to random drug testing.

8. Must have a Minimum GPA of 3.20 or higher

In addition, an ideal candidate would possess basic skill in using office automation programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, or other desktop software programs. Additionally, the ability to organize work and communicate effectively in a professional environment are highly desirable traits.

To qualify for the GG-07 level: You must have conferred your undergraduate degree by May 2020 and be accepted into a graduate level educational program for the Fall 2020 semester. Proof of acceptance must be provided prior to start of position.

COVER LETTER: This is not a requirement, but STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, as they provide an opportunity to assess applicant's communication skills. Must include the following:
  • Your current year in school (e.g., 1 st year undergrad, 3 rd year undergrad, 1 st year graduate school, etc.)
  • Your anticipated graduation date
  • Why you want to work at NRO
  • Briefly explain the experience you would like to obtain while interning at the NRO
  • What unique characteristics and/or experiences that make you a good fit for NRO
  • Cover Letter cannot exceed 3,000 characters


Education

Students must be currently enrolled at least part time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university degree program (Associates, Bachelors, Graduate, or Post-Graduate) in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) with a Graduation date of Spring 2020 or later.

Documentation of subsequent degree program acceptance and enrollment will be required.

Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Failure to submit transcripts will make you ineligible for this position

The ideal candidate would possess or is currently working towards a degree in the following programs:
- Engineering
- Computer Science
- Mathematics

COVER LETTER: This is not a requirement, but STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, as they provide an opportunity to assess applicant's communication skills. Must include the following:
  • Your current year in school (e.g., 1 st year undergrad, 3 rd year undergrad, 1 st year graduate school, etc.)
  • Your anticipated graduation date
  • Why you want to work at NRO
  • Briefly explain the experience you would like to obtain while interning at the NRO
  • What unique characteristics and/or experiences that make you a good fit for NRO
  • Cover Letter cannot exceed 3,000 characters

Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link: FOREIGN EDUCATION

For further information, click on the following link:
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

VETERANS PREFERENCE CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL
In accordance with DoD Instructions 1400.25 Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

Other Notes:
  • All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
  • After successfully completing your initial summer assignment, you may be approved by the Student Internship Program to work full-time during winter breaks.
  • Upon Graduation, successful interns may be offered the opportunity to non-competitively convert to a full-time employee


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Your complete application should include your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations submit your resume with the below information:
    1. Education-Include the name of the college/university, location, degree and expected/actual graduation date.
    2. Work Experience - Include the name of the company/organization, location, position/job title, dates of
    employment and three to four bullets detailing your duties/responsibilities.
    3. Relevant Skills
    4. Awards and Achievements
    5. Languages
2. Transcripts
  • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
  • College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded and in progress, and the lists of classes and credits earned.
3. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference.
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.
  • In accordance with DoD Instructions 1400.25 Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.
PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LINK FOR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS needed for proof of eligibility: https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/FourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation-06-2019.pdf?ver=2019-07-22-131229-740

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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