Current students and recent grads: Are you interested in working for the federal government? The Pathways Program may be your first step to a federal internship or career. There is need for new workers as many federal employees become eligible for retirement. The purpose of The Pathways Program is to provide a great resource for agencies to boost their civil service ranks.
These opportunities are offered in all states within the United States, as well as internationally.
1. Internship Program: If you are a current student in high school, college, trade school or other qualifying educational institution, you may be eligible. This program offers paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore federal careers while completing your education.
2. Recent Graduates Program: This program is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from a qualifying educational institutional with an associate, bachelor, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree.
3. Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program: This is the federal government’s premier leadership development program for recent graduates with an advanced degree -- Masters, Ph.D. or J.D.
4. Department of State Student Internship Program: This unpaid program for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours, provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. It is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment.
5. Virtual Student Foreign Service: This is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government.
More Pathways Program information can be found at www.usajobs.gov. Click on “Students & Recent Graduates”. We hope this information will be helpful to you as you start your job/internship search. When you are ready to apply for the Pathways Program, view this Resume Writing Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk, and stop by your institution’s career services center to have your resume reviewed.
Written by: Jan Gray, Graceland University
Career & Advising Specialist
Edited by: Stephanie Gronowski, St. Ambrose University
Internship Coordinator & Career Advisor