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Student Trainee (Education) - NASA Pathways Intern NTE - NASA Goddard Insitute for Space Studies: Application Deadline 10/12

Posted on October 3, 2018 - 1:15 PM CDT

Tags: General Public | Higher Education | Educator | Astrophysics | Earth Science | Heliophysics | Planetary Science

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    This position is in NASA's Pathways Intern Program which provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience.

    The Office of Education (Code 160) at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies is seeking an intern to provide administrative and programmatic support for new and current education projects and events for NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education opportunities.

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    As a Pathways Intern you will work under the guidance of an experienced professional in progressively responsible duties.

    You will assist a senior Education Specialist with the following:

    - provide administrative and programmatic support for new and current education projects, events, data calls, grants management, and reporting requirements with regard to NASA STEM education opportunities.

    - provide support in coordinating, consolidating and reporting GSFC and NASA HQ education strategies, performance, assessment and data management requirements across internal and external STEM stakeholders.

    - support and assist with administrative tasks such as coordinating calendar of activities, due dates, scheduling regular telecomms/meetings/virtual activities, etc. with grants principal investigators or university contacts

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1799 Education Student Trainee

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    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U. S. citizen or national
    • You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
    • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale.
    • You must be at least 16 yrs of age at the time of the appointment.
    • You must meet the eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level:

    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. GS-7 starting salary: $22.70 per hour

    GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master's level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program. GS-9 starting salary: $27.77 per hour


    The following major(s) are preferred:

    • Secondary Education
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Education Technology
    • Environmental and Science Technology
    • Mathematics Education
    • Education Administration
    • School Leadership
    • Learning Systems
    • Education Research

    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.

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

    This appointment DOES NOT confer eligibility for promotion, noncompetitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment, or continued employment at NASA.

    This appointment may be extended.

    You must have at least one year remaining in your studies before completing your degree requirements. (NOTE: One year must include consecutive Spring and Fall semesters). The expected completion date that you enter in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire will be used in making this determination, and applicants who indicate a date prior to December 2019 will be found ineligible.

    You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

    The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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    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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

    Drug test required


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    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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    How to Apply

    Before you begin the application process, please read this vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. We encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements and include both paid and non-paid work in the experience portion of your resume. If you submit a resume that does not contain the required information, you may lose consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    To begin the application process, click on the 'Apply' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to 32,000 characters, including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJOBS from another source. Also, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJOBS? document attachment feature.

    Once you submit your resume, you will be transferred to a NASA website to complete a short series of questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application process. If you successfully apply, you will receive a confirmation email from NASA. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.

    If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mail stop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. Do NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resume requirements are at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

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    Agency contact information

    GSFC Pathways Office




    NASA's Resume Operations Center
    4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812

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    Next steps

    If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends up on the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer pending verification that you meet all eligibility and qualification requirements. An official, written firm job offer will only be issued once all requirements have been verified.

    Final notification regarding the status of your application will be e-mailed NLT 11/30/2018.

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