Company: US National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Location: Huntsville, AL




    NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center invites students working towards degrees in communications, public relations or marketing, journalism or science writing to join our team. You will gain on the job experience as you work with a leading team of public affairs officers and multimedia specialists to create and share content from some of NASA’s most exciting missions.


    • Interns will collaborate on sophisticated communications campaigns as they create web features, press releases, newsletter articles, social media posts, digital content, video news releases.
    • Interns will contribute to press conferences, media visits, and interviews.
    • Interns will track and analyze the effectiveness of communications tactics.
    • Interns will participate in media and outreach events.
    • Interns will contribute to social media content and posts, media relations stories and postings as well as employee communications, informational and promotional materials and event communications plans and products.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1099 Information And Arts Student Trainee

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U. S. citizen.
    • 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.
    • You will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
    • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
    • Available to work at least 640 hours prior to completion of degree. Your graduation date may need to be extended to accommodate the hours.
    • You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
    • This appointment will start no earlier than May 11, 2020, and no later than August 31, 2020.
    • Candidates who indicate an availability date in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire after August 31, 2020 will be found ineligible.
    • Applicants must have an expected graduation date of no earlier than one calendar year from this closing date of this announcement.
    • Candidates who indicate an expected completion date in the NASA Supplemental Questionnaire that is prior to one calendar year from the closing date of the announcement will be found ineligible.


    Starting GS grade levels are determined by education level:

    GS-5: Enrolled in a certificate program or bachelor’s degree program and have completed at least 60 semester hours or at least 90 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 academic year of a master’s program OR accepted into a doctorate program OR in the first year of a doctorate program.

    Applicants will only be considered at highest grade for which they are qualified.


    You must be pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university with a major study in any field at an institution accredited by the Department of Education.

    The following majors are preferred: Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or English.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet
    the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a
    private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit this link.

    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:

    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.

    Although this vacancy announcement is advertised for multiple grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional positions within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    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 complete 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. Additional coursework may be required for conversion.

    The Intern may be converted to a Public Affairs Specialist with promotion potential to the GS-12 level.

    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 preferred 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.

    Review our benefits

    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.


This job is open to

  • Students

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

Clarification from the agency

Individuals who are enrolled students or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited institutions