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Student Trainee Engineering Nasa Pathways Intern Employment Program

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John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

$31,066.00 to $57,015.00

Cleveland, OH

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$31,066 to $57,015 per year

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Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH

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Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

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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 selected Pathways Intern will be a member of the GRC Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) community in the Reliability and System Safety Engineering Branch. The Branch is responsible for all aspects of safety that are related to programs and projects being supported by the Center.

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As an intern in the Safety and Mission Assurance Branch, you will be an integral part of the System Safety Team that provides oversight on NASA’s next generation space vehicle by supporting the European Space Agency (ESA) Service Module (ESM) and focusing on the Propulsion Subsystem (PSS). You will support a number of activities related to SMA including:

• System trade studies on topics such as Failure Tolerant Valves, Sensors, Ground Servicing, Parallel System Design, and other propulsion hardware elements with a specific emphasis on avionics and firmware.

• Developing or reviewing Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEAs) and Hazard Analysis (HA). Examples may include history analyses, fault trees, root cause analyses, probabilistic analyses, FMEAs and Hazard Reports (HRs). Other responsibilities include

• Phased reviews of FMEAs and HAs from Airbus and Lockheed-Martin, or in support of payloads flying on the International Space Station (ISS).

• Monitoring and, in time, briefing diverse boards and panels, such as the SMA Working Group and a series of Control Boards. The groups must be monitored so that the SMA team understands the current decisions and directions of the Program and the impacts of these decisions.

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Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. citizens and nationals who are enrolled students or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institutions.

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0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

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

Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution

Pursuing a degree in one of the majors listed under the Education section.

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 are required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.

• You must have at least one calendar year remaining prior to completing your degree requirements by the start date of your appointment.

• This appointment will start no earlier than May 2018. Applicants who indicate a graduation date prior to May 2019 will be found ineligible. The expected completion date you enter in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to make this determination.

• You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Interns may work schedules not to exceed 1,040 hours per year (part-time or full-time on an intermittent basis). 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 within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You must meet eligibility requirements by the close date of this announcement


The grade level you qualify for is based on education. 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 and acceptable performance, however, promotions are not guaranteed.

GS-4: Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have completed at least 30 semester hours or at least 45 quarter hours of undergraduate education.

GS-5: Enrolled in a 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 bachelor’s degree program and have completed 90 or more semester hours or 135 or more quarter hours of undergraduate education.

GS-7: Accepted into a master’s program OR in the first year of a master’s degree program.

GS-9: Completed one full academic year of a master’s program OR accepted into a doctorate program OR in the first year of a doctorate program.


To be eligible for this position, you must be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Systems Engineering at an accredited educational institution.

Degrees in Engineering Technology are not qualifying for this position. Engineering degrees must be from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum. To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to

*Majors in Electrical Engineering or Systems Engineering are qualifying for conversion if the curriculum includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design, or mechanical measurement.

Additional information

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

You will be expected to comply with Center Pathway policies located at: (

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 completed 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.

The Intern may be converted to an Aerospace Engineering position with promotion potential to the GS-13 level.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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.

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 Applicable

Required Documents

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

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

Agency contact information

Rachel Cadesky Rachel Cadesky




NASA's Resume Operations Center

4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50

Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


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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 eligbility and qualification requirements. An official, written firm job offer will only be issued once all requirements have been verified.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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