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About the Agency

The NASA Pathways Intern Program provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience.

**These internships are beginning SUMMER 2016 THROUGH Fall 2016. Work rotation period will be approximately JUNE 13, 2016 THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 2016. In order to be considered for this internship, applicants must be available to work and meet all program eligibility requirements in the General Qualifications section of this announcement for the entire rotation period stated in this announcement.**

This announcement is for intern positions in the Scientific, Technical, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. Opportunities include multiple types of positions within these occupational areas at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.

You may be required to perform rotational assignments to various organizations. Additionally, these positions require you to work a specific schedule such as rotating semesters between school and NASA. You may be required to work additional rotations depending on degree completion date.


This position is part of the NASA Pathways Intern Program which is a formal training program. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
Must be at least 16 years old
Must have and maintain a GPA of at least 2.90 (on a 4.00 scale)


To be eligible for a position in the Pathways Program, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

-Be a U.S. citizen;

-Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment;

-Meet the definition of student in 5 CFR 362.202 which defines a student as an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842.

-Have and maintain a cumulative 2.9 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher on a 4.00 scale. (For the purpose of eligibility the cumulative GPA will be used and will be truncated. In no case will the GPA be rounded.)

-Be able to complete at least 640 hours of work prior to completing degree requirements.

The following major(s) are preferred:
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
Astronautical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electronics Engineering
Civil Engineering
Structural Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering

Position will be filled at the GS-5 or GS-6 level only.
Candidates must meet the following education requirements to qualify:

GS-5: Enrolled in a certificate program or bachelor's degree program and have completed at least 60 semester hours or at least 90 quarter hours of undergraduate education.

GS-6: Enrolled in a certificate program or bachelor's degree program and have completed at least 90 or more semester hours or 135 or more quarter hours of undergraduate education.

You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

Security Clearance
Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information

What To Expect Next

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.


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Other Information

You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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

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

You will be expected to comply with policies located at: (https://searchpub.nssc.nasa.gov/servlet/sm.web.Fetch/Armstrong_Pathways_Policy.3.04.2014.docx?rhid=1

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

If you are selected and accept an offer as a NASA Pathways Intern, you will be responsible for all travel costs associated with reporting to duty for your first work tour of employment. Upon completion of each work tour (except for the first and last), NASA will reimburse you for your return-to-work and return-to school travel costs. Upon completion of your final work tour, you will be responsible for the associated travel costs.

Interns may be considered for conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements provided they:
Successfully completed an academic course of study with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.90 (on a 4.00 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. If you are converted, you may be further promoted up to the GS-13 level. If you are converted, you will be placed in one of the following occupational series: 0801, 0808, 0810, 0830, 0850, 0854, 0855, or 0861. Series will depend on degree earned and position availability. Students must meet all qualifications requirements of occupational series they are converted to.

If you are tentatively selected for this position, you may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here .

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants

NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply,
visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/435220100 .
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as 'resume received - complete' (if your status is 'Application Started', you have not successfully applied.) Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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 provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements .

How You Will Be Evaluated

We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on preferred areas of study described above.

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 considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link .

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.

Required Documents

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for 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 the NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. 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. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.





About National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts provide for issuance of delivery orders that will specify data associated with system testing and integration, launch, in-space maneuvers, braking burns, lunar landing and other enhanced capabilities. Knowledge acquired from this data will be applied to the development of lander systems necessary to execute human and robotic missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids or other solar system destinations. They will contribute to NASA's efforts to enable affordable and sustainable space exploration.