The federal government offers students and recent graduates several opportunities to engage in experiential education. Many of these federal internship opportunities can open the door for full-time jobs and serve as an excellent way of entering the federal workforce.
Federal Internship Programs
The federal student programs are known as SCEP, STEP and PMF. In 2012, SCEP and STEP became known simply as The Internship Program. Visit the federal Office of Personnel Management to learn more about federal hiring reforms that led to program changes.
The Internship Program
The Internship Program replaces SCEP and STEP and is available to current students. This program provides enrolled students exposure to the federal government. Learn more by reviewing The Internship Program fact sheet.
The Recent Graduate Program
The Recent Graduate Program is designed for new graduates and those who graduated in the past two years. This program provides developmental opportunities and training. Learn more by reviewing the Recent Graduate Program fact sheet.
The Presidential Management Fellows Program
Finding a Federal Internship
Students looking for federal internships should visit USA Jobs Pathways for opportunities for students and recent grads. The Pathways site features frequently asked questions with detailed information about types of opportunities and the application process.
Various federal agencies also list internship opportunities on their own Web sites. Browse a list of federal agency Web sites.
If you are interested in an internship at one of the federal intelligence agencies, we've compiled a list of available opportunities by agency.