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NASA JSC Pathways Intern - Student Trainee (Computer, Electrical, or Software Engineering)

US National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Software Engineer Internship



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

    This job announcement will be considered closed at 11 pm Central on either the date that 200 applications are received or the closing date listed above; which ever occurs first.


    • Support real-time mission operations for human space flight missions.
    • Support core engineering disciplines including Crew and Thermal Systems, Structural Engineering, Simulation, Avionics, Software, Robotics, Propulsion, Power, and Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics.
    • Supports design, analysis, fracture/fatigue, loads/dynamics, robotics hardware, test materials, electrical power systems, communication/tracking, autonomy, command/data handling, radiation and EEE parts, avionics, and propellants/spacecraft systems.
    • Determine trajectories for future human space flight missions.
    • Contribute to groundbreaking development work related to crew health, safety and performance.

    Travel Required

    Not required - Travel outside the local commuting area is not required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U. S. citizen or national
    • Enrolled/accepted in an accredited educational institution
    • Pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher
    • 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
    • Applicants must have an expected graduation date of no earlier than one calendar year from this closing date of this announcement
    • You will be expected to start on August 17, 2020 or January 19, 2021


    Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level:

    • For GS-4: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).

    • For GS-5: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours).

    • For GS-6: Completion of 3 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours).

    • For 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.

    • For GS-9: Completion of 1 academic year of master's level education or acceptance into a Doctoral program.

    • For GS-11: Completion of 1 year of Doctoral level study.


    You must be enrolled and pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or Computer Science.

    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:

    • Note: Computer Science curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques; of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    For Computer Science majors, bachelors of arts degrees are not qualifying.

    Additional information

    Pay will be set at the Step 1 of the General Schedule for the qualifying grade. Special rate tables may apply for graduate students.

    This position is part of the NASA Pathways Intern Program which is a formal training program.

    The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) provides students with the opportunity to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience. This program follows the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Model, which is a work/study program in which you can gain valuable work experience while completing your degree requirements.

    In our program, you will alternate between terms at school and paid employment at JSC. The unique aspect of JSC's IEP is that each work tour, you will rotate into a new functional area. This job will help you gain invaluable work experience in several different areas before graduation.

    To learn more about the program, visit our website at And to hear from students about their experiences in our Program visit us on Facebook at:

    You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations. Additionally, this position requires you to work a specific schedule such as one semester at school followed by one semester at NASA.

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

    You will only 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 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 completion of 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.

    The Intern may be converted to a term or permanent position with promotion potential to the GS-13 level. Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion to a term or perm job. Promotion is not guaranteed.

    The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

    PLEASE TAKE CARE IN PREPARING AND SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. When completing the Supplemental Questions, please pay close attention to the selections and inputs you are making. Entries regarding your eligibility made in error cannot be modified after the application is submitted and you will lose consideration if you are determined to be ineligible based on the answers to the questionnaire.

    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 required 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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


  • 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.

  • Benefits


    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.