Student Career Experience Program

Student Career Experience Program

This program offers valuable work experience directly related to academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while the student attends school.

This is an excepted appointment. Students appointed in this program are treated like permanent employees for most purposes.

Students may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days after graduation. Student must fulfill the 640-hour work requirement for conversion. There is no entitlement to a continuing position after graduation.

EO 13024 authorizes noncompetitive conversion of SCEP to term appointment in the competitive service. Before the term appointment expires, the agency may non competitively convert the term appointment to career or career conditional appointment.

BLM Colorado recruits SCEP participants primarily from its temporary workforce.


Students must be at least 16 years of age. No maximum age limitation except for fire and law enforcement positions. Fire SCEPs must be 18-37 years old. Law enforcement SCEPs must be younger than 37 upon conversion.

Students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.
Student must be a U.S. citizen. Lawfully admitted non-citizens may be considered subject to the bureau's authority to pay non-citizen under the annual appropriations act ban and any agency specific enabling and appropriation statutes.

Students must be enrolled with at least a half-time academic or vocational or technical course load in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two or four year college or university, graduate or professional school. 

While employed students must continue to maintain acceptable school standing (GPA may not fall below a 2.5).  The student does not need to attend school during the summer.
Employment may be part-time or full-time based on what the supervisor is requesting for a particular position. The only limitation is that the student's workload may not interfere with the student's academic schedule.


Earn leave and holiday benefits.
Eligible for retirement and insurance benefits.
Eligible for tuition assistance.

Work Schedule:

Student, school and BLM will agree on the work schedule. However, work schedule should not interfere with academic schedule. The following options are possible:

Part-time work and concurrent school attendance
Full-time work, which may include only summers
A combination of part and full-time work
"Breaks in program" are permitted
How to Apply:

Student employment opportunities may be posted online at or at your school's career counseling department.                                                                                                                            

When applying to specific vacancy announcements, you will need to submit the following documents via fax, e-mail, or mail:

Current transcript
Proof of Enrollment
Letter of Interest (optional)
Letter of Recommendation from faculty

*See specific vacancy announcement for other application requirements.

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