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The student hiring programs are available to attract students into
the public sector. These programs changed in July of 2012 to the new
Pathways programs and offer on-the-job experience that could lead to
a full-time career with the government after graduation. Industry
and government utilize student programs to identify prospects for
future hiring. Over 50,000 students are employed each year in
Agencies can now offer
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to $60,000. Where else can you find an employer willing to pay off
your student loans. Plus you receive benefits while working and may
be eligible for conversion to a full time permanent job after you
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Executive Order 13562 , entitled "Recruiting and Hiring Students and
Recent Graduates," was issued on December 27, 2010 and became effective July
10, 2012. This Executive order established two new programs and modified
another. They are the Internship Program for
current students; the Recent Graduates Program for
people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions
or programs (2 years from the date the graduate completed an academic course
of study); and the reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows
(PMF) Program for people who obtained an advanced degree
(e.g., graduate or professional degree) within the preceding two years.
These programs, collectively the Pathways Programs, are streamlined
developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for
students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.
The Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to
provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from
high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and
explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the
work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible
for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.
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.
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
- Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count
towards required work experience hours.
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. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program
with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal
Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements
of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program). Here
are some key provisions of the Recent Graduates Program.
- Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years,
a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate,
vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying
- Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree,
due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after
degree completion to apply.
Training and Development
- Orientation program for Recent Graduates hired for the program.
- Mentorship throughout the program.
- Individual Development Plan to create and track Recent Graduates'
career planning, professional development, and training activities.
- At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the
- Positions offer opportunity for career advancement.
After Program Completion
- Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position (or, in
some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).
- To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:
- Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in
addition to all requirements of the Program.
- Demonstrated successful job performance.
- Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent
Graduate will be converted.
Wouldn't you like your employer to pay off your student loans!
The federal government has paid over $132 million in student loan repayment
incentives to new hires and current employees since the program’s inception in
2002. Student loan repayment is intended to be a tool for agencies to use when
necessary to help them achieve their recruitment and retention goals.
Agencies may make payments to the loan holder of up to a maximum of $10,000 for
an employee in a calendar year and a total of not more than $60,000 for any one
employee. Employees that accept loan payment are required to sign a service
agreement to remain in the service of the paying agency for a period of at least
three years. Complete information about this program is available in the new
11th edition of
The Book of U.S. Government Jobs by author Dennis V. Damp.
Visit our Student Loan Payoff FAQ
for more details.
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