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Announcement Number:
NSF-2017-0039
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Position Title:
Student Trainee (Administrative), GS-0399-3/4/5 Intern
Open Period:
08/04/2017 - 08/18/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0399 A 03/04/05
Salary:
(USD) $28,886 - (USD) $47,171
Promotion Potential:
GS-05
Duty Location(s):
FEW Vacancies in

Arlington, VA, US
For More Info:
Kelly Coleman
703-292-5325
kecolema@associates.nsf.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to any U.S. Citizen, at least 16 years old, who is a student currently enrolled for the Fall 2017 semester in a degree or certificate seeking program taking at least a half-time course load. Candidates must have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students are employed throughout the academic year.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Internships (Student)
Appointment Type Details:
This is an indefinite Internship Position under the Pathways Program.
Marketing Statement:
Want to diversify your experiences? Curious about other organizations within NSF? Looking for a change of pace? This may be the opportunity for you!

As an NSF employee, you are our most important strength. That's why we've consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in the federal government!  Use your current skills in a new capacity to build an even brighter future for NSF, while at the same time expanding your own career horizons by contributing to new teams, taking on new responsibilities, and developing new capabilities.  Take charge and reinvigorate yourself through change today!
Summary:
At NSF, you will use your Student Trainee (Administrative) expertise in an exciting, challenging, and team-oriented environment. You will have the opportunity to use your current skills to help make NSF's vision of the future become a reality. NSF also offers a variety of formal and informal learning and development opportunities that you can use to build new skills and advance your career. If you're seeking variety and challenge in a collegial atmosphere, look no further than NSF! More about NSF.

This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Programs. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. Veteran's Preference will be applied in filling positions under the Pathways Programs.

This announcement is for a Student Trainee (Administrative)

Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students can be hired for Internship positions at any time during the year.
  • Students typically work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer, winter, and spring vacations.
  • Students will be on indefinite appointments during their period of eligibility under the Internship Program.
  • Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with NSF.
  • The Internship Program allows students an opportunity to be converted non-competitively to a career-conditional or term position once the student completes all requirements of the Internship Program.
  • Noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position is NOT guaranteed. The Intern’s eligibility for conversion does NOT guarantee that the agency will opt for conversion.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

Our Student Trainees (Administrative) are clerical positions. They provide support to National Science Foundation scientists and administrators who promote and fund the best possible awards through grants. These positions can be your first step into a fulfilling career at NSF. As a Student Trainee (Administrative) you will:

  • Type a variety of documents
  • Enter data
  • Sort and distribute mail
  • Maintain files
  • Assist office visitors and callers

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.
Key Requirements:
  • US citizenship.
  • You must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must be taking at least a half-time course load.
  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.
  • Education Requirements:
    Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications."

    All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website:Accreditation.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
    Evaluations:
    Applicant qualifications will be assessed based on the level of completed education and relevant work experience at the closing date of the announcement. Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed:  Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.  

    Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

    The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

    Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least “Very Good.”
    Qualifications:
    • To apply for the GS-3 level job, you must have 6 months of full-time clerical experience OR 1 year of education above the high school (e.g., be going into your sophomore year of college).

    • To apply for the GS-4 level job, you must have 1 year of full-time clerical experience OR 2 years of education above high school (e.g., be going into your junior year of college).

    • To apply for the GS-5 level job, you must have 1 year of full-time experience at the GS-4 level OR Successfully completed four full years of education above high school level.
    A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify for all levels.

    From the closing date of this vacancy announcement, applicants must have at least one year remaining in their required coursework for completion of their degree.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the
    Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

        Pre-tax parking
        Public transportation subsidy
        Child Development Center on site (Arlington/Ballston location only)
        Child care subsidy
        Flexible working hours
        Telecommuting
        Physical Fitness Facility on site
        NSF Federal Credit Union on site
        Health Services Unit on site
        Employee Assistance Program
    Other Information:
    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

    This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    NSF is relocating to Alexandria, Virginia.  In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area.  There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.


    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date.  Since referrals may occur prior to the closing date, we urge you to submit all required documents as soon as possible; you cannot be referred until you have a filed a complete application which includes the required documents.  You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position.  For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

    If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

    WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
    Required Documents:
    You MUST submit all required documents at the time you submit your resume.
    • You MUST submit your official or unofficial college transcripts, including your GPA, with your application. This office will be unable to determine qualification eligibility without transcripts.  Applications without transcripts are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE".  Transcripts will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.
    • You MUST provide proof of enrollment for the current Fall 2017 semester (i.e., course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar). Applications without proof of enrollment are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE".  Proof of Enrollment will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.
    If you are entitled to veterans' preference:
    • You must submit all required documents at the time you complete your application or it will not receive further consideration.
    • You must provide a copy of your DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
    For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.

    At the time of application, if you choose not to upload the documents, you will be directed to a web page which lists the available fax cover sheets for any documents we require. (Veterans note: documents related to veteran's preference are requested only when you first register in NSF's eRecruit system.) Please print out the appropriate fax cover sheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully.

    All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed and/or uploaded document(s).
    Next Steps:
    You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website