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Student Trainee (Science)

Student Trainee (Science) GS-4-7
*A cut off of 150 applications. Therefore, the announcement may close sooner than the closing date.

LOCATION: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recruiting for multiple Intern positions in various offices located in both the Montgomery County and Prince George's County.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy, within the same geographical area, by other organizational elements from within FDA, through shared corporate recruiting activities.


GS-0499: As a Student Trainee (Biological Science): the duties may include assisting with the technical or clerical aspect of research or other professional and/or scientific work in the area of biological science.

GS-0699: As a Student Trainee (Medical and Health), the duties may include providing technical or clerical assistance in the area of research or scientific work in the medical and health field.

GS-0899: As a Student Trainee (Engineering), the duties may include providing technical and clerical assistance in the field of engineering or architectural projects, facilities, structures, systems, processes, equipment, devices, material.GS-1399: As a Student Trainee (Physical Science): the duties may include providing technical or clerical assistance in research or other professional and scientific work in the fields of physical science.


In order to qualify for the Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria and the qualification requirements corresponding to the grade level at which they wish to be considered by the closing date of the announcement:

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree seeking student in an accredited vocational or technical institution, 2- or 4- year college/university or graduate/professional school; taking a minimum half-time load of courses; possessing and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on a scale of 4.0; and pursuing any of the following academic degrees:
  • Vocational/Technical Certificate (two-year program)
  • Associate's Degree
  • Baccalaureate Degree Graduate Degree (Master's program)
  • Professional Degree (Doctoral program)

Under the Pathways Programs, the definition of "qualifying educational institution" includes certain home-school curricula. To be included, secondary home-school program must be recognized by the State or location government oversight agency. Students participating in theses home-school curricula may apply for consideration under the Pathways Program. Please click here for a list of qualifying educational institutions.

NOTE: Applicants MUST submit school transcripts and proof of current enrollment (Fall 2020) documentation (at least half-time). Official transcripts are required upon selection and prior to appointment. Failure to submit the documentation will result in disqualification from further consideration.

In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program, you must also meet the followings qualification requirements based on the educational achievements related to the position to be filled by 10/26/2020 in order to qualify for the Student Trainee (Science), 0499/0699/0899/1399, at GS - 4/5/7.

GS-04: Completion of 2 full academic years (60 semester/90 quarter units) of post-high school study or an associate's degree.

GS-05: Completion of 4 academic years (120 semester/180 quarter units) of post high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.

GS-07: A - Meet the Superior Academic Achievement provision (S.A.A.) criteria. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies; -OR- B. Completion of one full academic year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter units) at an accredited college or university.