NASA Pathways Intern - Student Trainee (Administrative)

Greenbelt, Maryland
Nov 05, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
Full Time


The Office of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Engagement (Code 160), is seeking an intern that will provide administrative and programmatic support for new and current education projects, activities, data management, program analysis, grants management, and reporting requirements to engage and increase underrepresented and underserved participation in NASA STEM Engagement opportunities.
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  • As a Student Trainee (Administrative) intern, you will perform the following duties with the guidance of a senior Education Program Specialist, Education Specialist, or Program Specialist:
  • You will provide administrative support for planning, designing and implementing formal and informal, K-12 and higher education programs, activities, events.
  • You will participates in analyzing data, developing formats to report the results, and recommending alternative courses of action.
  • You will provide programmatic support for Office of STEM Engagement interns in matters such as records maintenance, document management, intern placement processes, and program performance management for Goddard's campuses.
  • You will respond to inquiries and provide oral and written communication, assistance, and coordination to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will research new or improved business and management practices for application to office programs or operations.
  • You will prepare reports, and other materials ensuring information is accurate and complete.
  • Assist with data coordination, analysis and information sharing and conducting moderately complex qualitative analyses.
  • Supports GSFC and NASA HQ education strategies, performance assessment and data management requirements across a wide-spectrum of internal and external STEM stakeholders.
  • Supports administrative tasks such as inventory and management of supplies/materials, coordinating calendar of activities, scheduling regular telecoms meetings and virtual activities.

Travel Required

Not required - Travel outside the local commuting area is not required.

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 graduate 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
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date of no earlier than one calendar year from the closing date of this announcement
  • You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • You will be expected to start in February 2020.
  • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • 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 eligibility/qualifications determination, so please take care in answering the questions.
  • This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.
  • You must be at least 16 at the time of appointment.


Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level completed:

- For GS-7: Completion of 4 academic years of study (or all the requirements) for a bachelor's degree and accepted into a master's program.

- For GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master's level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program.


Preferred majors include, but are not limited to: Master in Business Communication, Master in International Business and Policy, Master in Business Analytics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management, Master of Business & Science, Master in Marketing, Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Finance, Master in Management, Master of Human Services, Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Master of Science in Organizational Development, Master in Computer Science, Master in Information Systems, Master in Information Technology Management, Master in Project Management, Master in Education Administration, Master in Education Leadership, Supervision, Curriculum Development, Master in Public Administration, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Nonprofit Organizations.

You must be enrolled in a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting organization. To verify your institutions accreditation, please visit:

Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional, accredited
U.S. education program to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Additional information

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies:

1. Maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by your educational institution
2. Maintain a GPA of 2.9 or above on a 4.0 scale;
3. Adhere to an established work schedule;
4. Participate in Agency training classes or programs;
5. Successfully perform your assigned duties; and
6. Observe all workplace rules.

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

This appointment does not confer eligibility for conversion to a permanent appointment.

This appointment may be extended.

An academic year of Master's level education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours will be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

You must have at least one year remaining in your studies based on the hire date and before completing your degree requirements. The expected completion date that you enter in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire will be used in making this determination.

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

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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