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NASA Pathways Internship - Accounting and Budget Analysts



Operations Research Analyst Intern Position:

Accounting and/or Budget Analyst Positions:


This position is in NASA's Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) which provides students with opportunities to explore NASA careers and gain meaningful developmental work experience.

To learn more about NASA's Pathways Program, click here: NASA Pathways Internship Program



  • This vacancy is open to students pursuing Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, or Public Administration.
  • Serving as a Student Trainee works under the guidance of accounting, budget, or administrative professionals in routine and progressively responsible duties directly related to the individual's academic studies and occupational career goals.
  • Specific duties will be dependent upon the assigned occupational specialty in preparation for more difficult tasks as a professional trainee after graduation.
  • Disciplines include, but are not limited to Financial and Administration, Accounting, Auditing, and Budget Analysis.

Specific NASA Glenn Research Center possible duties:

  • You will work with and assist senior members of the staff in the performance of analytical assignments.
  • You will receive advanced training through classroom and on-the-job instruction to provide a more thorough understanding of laws and regulations, administrative policies and production/validation processes.
  • You will work with senior staff members, carrying out predetermined phases of the assignments designed to provide broad exposure to the work in the profession.
  • You may receive, review, prepare, and process difficult procedural and technical accounting documents/transactions.
  • You will process accounting transactions for a broad and varied range of functions, including obligations, cost accruals, and accounts payable.
  • You may conduct detailed examinations of transactions, research for supporting documentation, and classify accounting data for assigned accounts.
  • You will prepare analysis, reconciliations and ensure sufficient funds have been obligated for assigned contracts.
  • You will prepare transactions and confirm the mathematical accuracy after posting to the general ledger.
  • You may use judgment and initiative to identify and recommend potential process improvements for unusual situations/problems encountered.



Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • At the time you apply for this announcement, you must be a degree or certificate seeking student who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited educational institution on at least a half time basis as defined by the institution.
  • At the time you apply for this announcement, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • The expected start date is August 12, 2024.
  • You must be able to work a minimum of 640 hours after your start date and before you complete your academic program requirements.
  • Applicants must have a graduation date on or after December 02, 2024.
  • If you are selected, you must maintain your enrollment at your current educational institution during periods you are not working at NASA. You must also maintain a GPA of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • If you are selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which outlines the conditions of employment.
  • If you are selected, you will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation or higher level clearance. The level of investigation/clearance may differ and be required based on the duties/location-NASA Center requirements.
  • Financial Disclosure, Drug Testing, and/or the Risk Designation for this position may differ and be required based on the duty location/NASA Center requirements.
  • Salary Range reflects the lowest and highest salary for the advertised duty locations. Actual salary will be dependent on the NASA duty location for which you are selected.
  • Rotational assignments are at management's discretion.
  • You will be able to apply for a maximum of 3 duty locations.
  • After submitting your application via USAJOBS, you may be notified via email to take additional USA Hire assessments online. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for important information.
  • If you are selected, you must be at least 16 years old at the time you are hired.
  • All Pathways interns are expected to report onsite at the time of hire for their first rotation and must work a total of 14 weeks onsite before becoming eligible for remote opportunities.


Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level COMPLETED at this time:

  • For GS-4: Completed at least 30 semester credit hours or at least 45 quarter hours in a certificate program, associate's or bachelor's degree program.
  • For GS-5: Completed at least 60 semester credit hours or at least 90 quarter hours in a certificate program or bachelor's degree program.
  • For GS-6: Completed 90 or more semester credit hours or 135 or more quarter hours in a certificate program or bachelor's degree program.
  • For GS-7: Completed a bachelor's degree and Accepted into a master's or juris doctor program OR Completed a bachelor's degree and in the first year of a master's or juris doctor program.
  • For GS-9: Completed a bachelor's degree and Completed 1 academic year* of a master's or juris doctor program, OR Completed a master's degree and accepted into a doctorate program OR Completed a master's program and in the first year of a doctorate program.

*An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study.

Your responses to the initial application questionnaire will determine the grade for which you will be considered. You will only be considered for the grade matching your claimed academic level.

Documentation must be provided which adequately supports your answers to the eligibility questions. If enrolled in a dual degree program, your supporting documents must show how your credit hours apply to each degree and, if applicable, which degree(s) you have completed.

College Transcript: Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent college transcript that lists the school's name, student's name, degree program, major, GPA, college courses, course title, and number of credit hours completed. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted, however should you be selected, official transcripts will be required prior to your appointment date.

Accepted for Enrollment: If you have been accepted for enrollment in an institution but have not yet begun coursework, you must submit an Acceptance Letter from the institution AND your most recent academic transcript from your previous program.


Additional information


When completing the Questionnaires, 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 your answers to the questionnaire.

This announcement is for positions at the following Centers: Armstrong Flight Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Langley Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Stennis Space Flight Center.

If we find that you do not meet Center-specific eligibility requirements after referral to the hiring manager, you may not receive further consideration.

Interns may be promoted to higher grades based on the amount of education completed 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 (including any required coursework); and
  • Maintain acceptable performance.

Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that NASA will offer conversion to a Term or Perm job.

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

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you receive the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:

Depending on position assignment, position may or may not be in a bargaining unit. To learn more about bargaining units at NASA please click here NASA Unions (Bargaining Units) | NASA.