There are two programs for students interested in working for the federal government: the Internship Program and the Recent Graduates Program.
The Internship Program is for current students and the Recent Graduates Program is for people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.
On December 28, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13562, entitled “Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates.” This Executive order established two new programs and modified another. These programs are collectively called Pathways Programs and are intended to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the federal workforce. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a final Pathways Rule to implement these programs and they went into effect July 10, 2012.
A third program, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, was reinvigorated and is for people who obtained an advanced degree (e.g., graduate or professional degree) within the preceding two years.
The Internship Program is for current students. It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore federal careers while completing their education. To find out more about the Internship Program, go to the Intern Program Fact Sheet.
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.
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
The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the federal government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions. To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply. For more information about federal employment information for veterans, go to OPM's Feds Hire Vets website. To find out more about the Recent Graduates Program, go to the Recent Graduates Program Fact Sheet.
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.
Additional information about these programs can be found at the following locations.
For more information on the Student Education Employment Program contact:
Colorado State Office
2850 Youngfield Street
Lakewood, CO 80215