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Student Intern (Financial Management), ZA-0599-2

Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This Internship opportunity will start no sooner than April 2021.

Please note that if you are a Spring or Summer 2021 graduate, you will not be eligible for this Internship opportunity unless you are accepted for enrollment at a qualifying educational institution seeking an additional degree (diploma, Certificate, degree program, etc.) or an advanced degree. You must submit proof of acceptance along with your current transcripts for consideration.

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NOAA is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented students who are pursuing a degree or certificate program in an accredited educational institution for our Summer Intern Program. The NOAA Summer Intern Program targets students currently enrolled (or currently enrolled and accepted for enrollment) in a degree-seeking or Certificate program at least on a half-time basis. (Applicants who do not meet the definition of student by the closing date of the announcement will not be considered).

Due to the current global situation, applicants may be eligible to work remotely. This is depending on the hiring office's needs and will be worked out on a case by case basis.

  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

As a Student Trainee (Financial Management), you will receive on-the-job training and perform routine financial management assignments under supervisory instructions on objectives, limitations, priorities, and deadlines, such as conducting studies to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions to finance and budget problems; assisting higher-grade specialists in performing analyses and evaluations; and creating various spreadsheets, databases, and other documents.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0599 Financial Management Student Trainee

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement.
  • A minimum one year trial period will be required.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment.

This position requires a low risk clearance.

Upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program and completion of their academic degree or Certificate program, individuals may be non-competitively converted to a term position or permanent position in the Competitive Service. (see Other Information).


Intern and Interns NTE must:

  • Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a half-time to full-time basis (as determined by the educational institution);
  • Meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of their appointments;
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency's Participant Agreement with the Intern and;
  • Meet the qualification standards (e.g., series and grade) for position.

Applicants must demonstrate proof of enrollment for the Spring 2021 or equivalent term, by submitting an official proof of enrollment letter from a qualifying educational institution or a transcript indicating courses to be taken in the Spring 2021 or equivalent term. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZA-2 is equivalent to the GS-7/9.


This vacancy may be used to fill other Student Intern (Administration), ZA-0599-2 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: the same qualifications and eligibility requirements as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

For the purpose of filling positions in multiple MD locations in the future, the certificate(s) for this position may also be used to fill positions in College Park, MD, Suitland, MD, Greenbelt, MD or Silver Spring, MD.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

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.

To qualify at the ZA-2 or GS-07 level:

Completion of one full year of graduate-level education.


Superior Academic Achievement as demonstrated by a related bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with one of the following. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your application clearly states how you meet one of the provisions below:

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.9 or higher based on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study.


Previous related education and/or experience.

Special Provisions/or Interns with Previous Related Education or Experience. Previous education and/or experience may be evaluated to determine the highest grade level for which the individual is qualified.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Financial Management above, applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 or GS-05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

  • Assisting with preparing and updating executive level financial presentations.
  • Assist with system and report validation efforts.
  • Assist in filing, maintaining, retrieving, circulating, and refiling records.


Definition of Student: Student is defined as an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, or certificate) in a qualifying academic institution, on a half or full-time basis. Half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled. Students do not have to be in actual physical attendance in school, online curriculums are acceptable as long as the school is accredited by the Department of Education.

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

College Transcript: Applicants must submit a copy of their college transcript that lists college courses, course title, and number of credit hours. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process, but an official certified copy must be received before you can report to duty.

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Additional information can be found here:

Proof of Enrollment: NOAA will use applicant's transcript as proof of enrollment in the identified college/university provided it demonstrates definition of eligible student. A letter from an educational institution indicating acceptance may be used as proof of enrollment for those students who are continuing studies at a new college or university or for those student whose transcripts do not reflect in-progress courses. An official transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Keywords: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring , Student Intern (Financial Management), ZA-0599-2, Other , Silver Spring, Maryland

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