Opportunities for Students and College Graduates
Great news! If you are a student or a recent college graduate, the new Pathways Program has opportunities just for you. The new Pathways Program offers the following streamlined developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates:
Are you a high school or college student in search of an internship or other opportunity to gain work experience while in school? Check out the new Pathways Internship Program. The Internship Program replaces the previous Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This program is designed to provide students who are enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/studentsandgrads.
Recent Graduate Program
Have you recently graduated from a qualifying educational institution or program? If yes, then explore the many opportunities available under the new Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP). The recent graduates program offers developmental experiences in the Federal Government in an effort to promote possible careers in civil service. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation. Veterans have up to six years after degree completion to apply. Additional information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/studentsandgrads.
Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
Will you complete your master’s, law, or doctoral-level degree during this academic year? If yes, we invite you to explore a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. The PMF Program is a two-year, paid program designed to develop future leaders committed to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The program is highly competitive and candidates must be nominated by their graduate program’s dean, director, or chair. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows may be eligible for permanent placement within a federal agency. Click here for more information on the PMF Program.
Students – Interns
Emerging Leaders Program
Are you a college graduate eager to make a contribution to the health and well being of the American public? Do you have a capacity for leadership and a keen interest in analysis and management? If yes, we have just the right opportunity for you.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Emerging Leaders Program is a comprehensive, two-year, full-time employment and career development program that is a stepping stone to careers in science, technology, public health, administration, and more. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are eligible for permanent placement in an HHS operating division/bureau. Click here for more information about the Emerging Leaders Program.
We are looking for smart, ambitious people for a variety of public health training programs. If you are in college, have recently graduated or are currently working in public health, we have a place for you. Click here for more information about Public Health Training Opportunities.
The Student Summer Employment Program provides training and work experience for individuals during summer months. The work ranges from office support to trades and labor occupations to positions in professional fields.
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate in the Student Summer Employment Program:
- Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a diploma, certificate, or degree-seeking student. Verification showing enrollment status is required from the school.
- Meet the minimum age required by federal, state, or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors.
- Taking or scheduled to take a course load at least half-time in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
Pay and Benefits
Students in the Student Summer Employment Program receive a competitive salary, but are not eligible for federal benefits.
How to Apply
Student employment opportunities are announced January through March of each year at http://www.studentjobs.gov/employment. Visit the Web site beginning in January for more information on applying for summer employment with CDC. Detailed instructions on how to apply for student employment opportunities are provided during the announcement period.
- Resume or Application (OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment)
- Academic Transcript
- School Verification Form
Previously Employed Under SSEP?
Students may not have to compete with other students if previously employed by CDC as part of the Student Summer Employment Program. However, students must complete and submit their application during the announcement period.
Students must apply for and be awarded federally-sponsored college work-study through their academic institution to be eligible for the work study program.
Pay and Benefits
Students receive a stipend through their school based on their year in school. Students are not eligible for federal benefits.
Students should contact their financial aid office for more information on work study opportunities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers unpaid, educationally-related opportunities to students in high school and college through the Worksite Experience Program. The Worksite Experience Program allows students to explore career options and gain valuable and rewarding work experience while pursuing their educational goals. Many educational institutions grant academic credit for the work performed. Contact your educational institution for more information on crediting volunteer experience.
To participate in the Worksite Experience Program, students must:
- receive written permission from their school;
- provide proof of enrollment in an accredited educational institution (e.g., transcript, current student identification card, etc.);
- be at least 16 years old;
- be enrolled, at least half-time in:
- a high school or trade school;
- a technical or vocational school;
- a junior or community college;
- a four-year college or university; or
- any other accredited educational institution including home-school. [Students who are home-schooled must be participating in either an accredited home-school, or a home-school curriculum approved by the State.]
- provide proof of health insurance if volunteering in the research and study laboratories and facilities.
- pass a background investigation conducted by CDC; and
- meet VISA requirements for non-citizens
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