NASA Pathways Intern - Student Trainee (Nursing)

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Greenbelt, Maryland
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Full Time


This position is in the NASA's Pathways Intern Program which provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful work experience. This position is for a student trainee in the Medical and Environmental Management Division (MEMD) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The MEMD plans, organizes, and directs medical and environmental resource protection programs for the Center, Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), and Goddard's worldwide tracking facilities.
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  • Assist in the development, planning, and performance of health and wellness educational programs and activities on Center.
  • Provide assistance to the medical staff as needed in the evaluation and treatment of ill and injured employees, and in the performance of occupational related examinations.
  • Examples of support activities include monitoring vital signs, checking glucose finger sticks, administering medications and vaccines, performing electrocardiograms, and administering and interpreting Mantoux TB skin tests.
  • Perform and document contact tracings for potential and confirmed COVID cases at all Goddard locations.
  • Provide counseling to employees surrounding COVID related issues including prevention, testing information, and return to Center planning.
  • Provide counseling to employees regarding health and wellness information and recommendations.
  • The position may be non-competitively converted to a permanent or term position based on Nursing Program Management needs within the occupational health and wellness setting.
  • This progressive program will ensure that the Nurse is capable of managing long-term Occupational and wellness program management duties as well -to-day medical clinical support.

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 or higher in nursing.
  • 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 must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • You will be expected to start either on February 1, 2021 or February 15, 2021.
  • Applicants must have an estimated graduation date of no earlier than one calendar year from the expected start date.
  • You must be at least 16 at the time of appointment.
  • You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.


The grade level for which you qualify for is based on the current educational program in which you are enrolled.

To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must have completed one academic year of a master's program in Nursing and have passed the National Council Licensure Examination. In addition, you must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a professional nurse from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.


You must be accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled pursuing a degree from an accredited educational institution. To verify your institution's accreditation, please visit:

The following major is required: Nursing

In order to convert to a Nursing position upon completion of your degree program, you must have obtained a graduate or higher level degree from an accredited professional nursing educational program. This education must have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

If your degree is from a nursing school outside the United States, you must obtain: Official certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

Additional information

Pay will be set at the Step 1 of the General Schedule for the qualifying grade.

The salary range indicated in the announcement is representative of a full-time, year-round work schedule. Your salary will be calculated based on the number of hours worked while on rotation.

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies which are:
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.

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.

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. Additional coursework may be required for conversion.

You may be converted to a Nurse position with promotion potential to the GS-12 level.

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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