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Appointment

In most cases you are selected for a position with the Federal Government through one of several types of appointments: career-conditional, career, time-limited (temporary or term), or excepted. The type of appointment you hold determines your eligibility for reinstatement into the federal service if you should decide to leave. All appointments with the Federal Government are subject to background investigations.

Permanent Appointments
 
Career Conditional Appointments: A career conditional appointment is a permanent appointment that leads to career tenure after completion of 3 years of continuous service. 
 
Career-conditional employees are eligible for promotions and within-grade increases (WGIs) and benefits (provided they work full-time, part-time or a seasonal work schedule. Under a career-conditional appointment, you must complete a 1 year probationary period. 

Employees who do not have veteran’s preference or who did not complete 3 years of continuous service, and who leave their government jobs while under career-conditional appointments have reinstatement eligibility for 3 years from their date of separation.
 
Career-conditional employees are eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan.
 
Career Appointments: Employees who have complete 3 years without a break in service under career-conditional appointments acquire career tenure and are converted to career appointments. If they leave the federal service as a career employee, they have reinstatement eligibility for life.
 
Career employees are eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan.
 
Temporary Appointments
 
Term Appointments: Term appointments are used to fill temporary employment needs for a project. Term appointments are made fore a period of more than 1 year and may be extended up to 4 years. The appointment may be terminated at any time upon written notice.
 
Term employees are eligible for within-grade increases. Term employees are also eligible for benefits including: health benefits, life insurance, retirement plan, annual and sick leave, and participation in the Thrift Saving Plan, provided they work a full-time, part-time or seasonal work schedule.
 
Service under a Term appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement.
 
Temporary Appointments: Temporary appointments are used to fill short-term employment needs of an organization.   Temporary appointments are made for periods not to exceed 1 year but may be extended for one additional year. Temporary appointments may be terminated at any time upon written notice. General Service (GS) temporary employees are not eligible for promotions or within-grade increase. Wage Grade (WG) temporary employees are eligible for within-grade increase. 
 
Temporary employees are eligible for annual and sick leave.
 
Temporary employees are normally not eligible for benefits. 

Service under temporary appointment does not confer eligibility for reinstatement.

 

Students and Recent Graduates Pathways Program

Internship Program

Eligibility

Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

There are two student appointment types in the Internship Program.

The Career or Indefinite Intern is a student trainee and developmental, excepted service appointment expected to last more than 1 year.  The features of this student program appointment are as follows:

    • This program appointment mentors and trains the Intern in preparation for permanent employment with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
    • Academic curriculum and career goals must be directly related to the agency duties and career path.
    • Must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 or better and be in good academic standing with the educational institution.
    • Must enter into a written agreement that outlines the student trainee and agency expectations, roles and responsibilities.
    • Assign a mentor outside of their chain of command.
    • Eligible for noncompetitive conversion into a permanent or term position upon completing agency and degree program requirements.
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The Intern Not-To-Exceed (NTE) is a student temporary, excepted service appointment expected to last 1 year or less.  The features of this student program appointment are as follows:

  • This program appointment hires a student on a temporary basis to help complete short-term projects, perform short-term labor-intensive tasks, or fill traditional seasonal and summer jobs.
  • Academic curriculum and career goals do not have to be directly related to the agency duties.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or better and be in good academic standing with the educational institution.
  • Must enter into a written agreement that outlines the student and agency expectations, roles and responsibilities.
  • May assign a mentor outside of their chain of command.
  • Not eligible for noncompetitive conversion into a permanent or term position upon completing degree program requirements.

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.
  • Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.
  • In addition, students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement.
  • Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours.

Find more information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#url=intern and https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.

recent-graduates/#url=intern and https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.

Recent Graduates Program

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the federal government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants. To find out more about the changes to the PMF Program, go to the PMF webpage.

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