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DON Pathways Internship Program The selectee for this position will serve as a Student Trainee for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.


The Pathways Program is work experience that provides an opportunity for students to pursue work that is relevant and beneficial to their academic studies. Assignments are designed to assist employees in developing a basic understanding of specialized practices and procedures and a familiarity with work operations. You will provide assistance to higher level personnel by performing routine and repetitive tasks. The program is an excellent opportunity for students to get an interesting, real-world experience while contributing to the defense of our nation. 0018 - Safety and Occupational Health Management Series: This series covers positions that involve the management, administration, or operation of a safety and occupational health program or performance of administrative work concerned with safety and occupational health activities and includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of related program functions. The primary objective of this work is the elimination or minimization of human injury and property and productivity losses, caused by harmful contact incidents, through the design of effective management policies, programs, or practices. Safety and occupational health management work requires application of the knowledge of: (1) the principles, standards, and techniques of safety and occupational health management; and (2) pertinent elements of engineering, physical science, ergonomics, psychology, industrial hygiene, physiology, sociology, and other scientific and technological fields, that contribute to the achievement of comprehensive safety and occupational health objectives.


Conditions of Employment


In order to qualify for this position, your application must provide sufficient documentation showing you possess the required educational level needed to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. To Qualify for the NT-01 Level: you must be currently enrolled in a high school diploma, General Education Diploma (GED) program, or post-high school educational program OR have successfully completed a high school or GED diploma OR have successfully completed 1 full academic year of post-high school study OR successfully completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree. To Qualify for the NT-02 level: you must have successfully completed 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree OR completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education. Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. However, agencies are required to verify that the education has been completed successfully before any applicant can be appointed (report to work); therefore, your selection or start date may be impacted by proof and completion of all position requirements. Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site: Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

and Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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. To remain eligible for this internship, you MUST continue to be enrolled in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis for the duration of the appointment. This position has Conditions of Employment (screen-outs) which will be used to determine minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants not possessing these Conditions of Employment will be found ineligible for this position. They are: United States Citizenship, and 18 years f age or older at time of appointment Supporting documentation: You must provide acceptable documentation of your appointment eligibility, by providing proof of enrollment or acceptance of enrollment, in the form of letters, records or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university, with your completed application. NOTE: Acceptable proof of enrollment includes a current course schedule.


QUALIFYING EDUCATION:1) A high school whose curriculum has been approved by a State or local governing body, or a home-school curriculum that has been approved by such a body or a State; and 2) Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education: (i) A technical or vocational school; (ii) A 2-year or 4-year college or university; (iii) A graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or (iv) A home-school curriculum. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements, if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, please visit:

Additional Information

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments. If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center. Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION:

Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for conversion, Interns must: Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program

Complete their degree or certificate requirements

Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted

Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and

Perform their job successfully The Pathways appointment has promotion potential to the NT-03. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. If converted to the competitive service, the competitive service appointment has promotion potential to the NT-04. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. This position may be non-competitively converted to a career ladder position after meeting all regulatory requirements (including qualification requirements), and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. Only Military Spouse Preference applicants currently occupying positions for which a comprehensive training plan has been developed and authorized are entitled to exercise their priority status for this announcement. The most common formal training positions are apprentices, formal interns, and scientist and engineering interns. Upward Mobility Positions that have equivalent training plans are also included when the positions have been pre-identified in an Affirmative Action or similar plan. You must provide documentation supporting you are in a formal training plan (e.g., SF50 and official signed training agreement between you and your command). Military Spouse Preference applicants will receive priority consideration at the Full Performance Level (FPL) and if determined to be Best Qualified at the FPL, and selected, must be placed at the FPL. A BQ military spouse possesses knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies comparable to others who meet the competitive referral criteria for the specific position.