NASA Pathways Intern - Student Trainee (Engineering)

Hampton, Virginia
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is in the NASA's Pathways Intern Program and provides students pursuing an advanced degree with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful work experience. This position is for an engineering student trainee in the Structural and Thermal Systems Branch in the Engineering Directorate at the Langley Research Center (LaRC). The Branch conducts system-level structural and thermal analysis supporting flight, ground, and test hardware design and development.
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  • Perform well-defined tasks in various aspects of aerospace engineering.
  • Serves as a structural mechanics team member.
  • Performs tasks in various aspects of aerospace engineering, particularly on spacecraft, launch vehicles, science instruments, and airplanes.
  • Specific duties may include, but not limited to: Finite Element Analysis (FEA); normal modes analysis; random vibration analysis; buckling analysis; and classical handbook analysis.
  • Specific duties may include, but not limited to: structural testing (strength, modal, vibration) and analysis model correlation; and test and flight data processing.

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 master's 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.
  • You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
  • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • Available to work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree.
  • This appointment will start no earlier than January 2020 and no later than September 2020.
  • You must have at least one calendar year remaining prior to graduation by the start date of your appointment.
  • Candidates who indicate an expected completion date less than one calendar year from their available
    start date will be found ineligible. The answers you provide in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to make this determination.
  • You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level:

GS-7: Accepted into a master's program OR in the first year of a master's degree program.

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


The following majors are preferred but not required: aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or civil engineering. Additional coursework may be required for conversion.

To be eligible for this position, you must be pursuing a degree in engineering, physical science, mathematics, computer science, or other field of science 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

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

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies located at:

The supervisor and Intern will agree on a formally-arranged schedule of school and work rotations. A rotation is a defined period of work or school study, usually a semester, a summer, or a quarter in length.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.

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 complete 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 position with promotion potential to the GS-13.

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.