Pathways Intern

Washington, D.C
Feb 19, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Full Time


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that provides support to advance and disseminate knowledge in all of the disciplines of the humanities: history, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence and the history, criticism and theory of the arts.

In support of the NEH mission, the NEH Pathways Internship Program provides paid opportunities for current students accepted for enrollment in qualifying educational programs.
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Pathways interns should assume that they will be participating in 100% telework.

Pathways Student Interns will perform some and/or all of the following duties in support of the various offices and divisions within the NEH:
  • Assists in day-to-day operations through performing a mixture of routine and sometimes complex tasks.
  • Performs a variety of program support functions, such as inputting, assigning, maintaining, monitoring, or updating work products and records as well as administering and performing other support activities.
  • Assists in developing material for briefings, reports, presentations and conferences for division/office staff and supervisors.
  • Assists in collecting, organizing and maintaining program and/or functional documentation and materials.
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and information.
  • Participates in support of panel meetings, briefings, and other NEH events.
Potential 2021 participating Divisions
  • Accounting Office - plans, develops, coordinates, and directs accounting policies, programs, and operations required in support of the mission of the Endowment.
  • Office of Communications - promotes NEH grant programs and products by disseminating information and to highlight the importance of the humanities to our country's cultural advancement and in enriching the lives of its citizens.
  • Office of Congressional Affairs - serves as the Endowment's liaison with Members of Congress and their staffs in D.C., state, and district offices. Its mission is to articulate how federal funding appropriated through Congress to NEH impacts constituents in every state, Congressional district and territory of the United States of America.
  • Office of Grant Management - ensures uniform administration of grants and cooperative agreements throughout the agency, develops and implements related policy, and provides expertise in federal financial assistance management to complement the programmatic knowledge of NEH program staff.
  • Office of Publications - serves as the Endowment's gateway to the humanities network through its media products.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizen
    • Relevant experience and/or education
    • Favorable background investigation
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


    Demonstrated writing skills and basic computer skills are required. Must be self-directed, able to complete tasks in a timely manner, and attentive to detail.

    Applicants must be enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or half-time (Half-time basis is defined by the academic institution that the student is enrolled or accepted into) student at an accredited college or university in a qualifying degree-seeking program, or enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment in a qualifying certificate program.

    Students may be required to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) at time of application and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Student Trainee Internship appointment to remain in the Program.


    This position has an education requirement. You must provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

    Additional information

  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
  • If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • This position is temporary and does not confer any eligibility for benefits or tenure in the competitive service.

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will be evaluated to determine how well you meet the qualifications stated above. Applicants who meet the qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring official for further review and possible interview.

    Any exaggeration of an applicant's experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating an applicant ineligible, not hiring the applicant, or for termination after he/she begins work.

    INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc. Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Proof of Enrollment
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    Inclusion of a cover letter and writing sample are encouraged but not required.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Compensably disabled preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference see

    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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