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Hiring Programs

Civil Service Appointments: Career-Conditional and Career Appointments 

The Federal government usually hires permanent employees under a career-conditional appointment. After employment for three continuous years, the employee becomes a full career employee. 

Commissioned Corps

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 full time, well-trained highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation's public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science.

Student Employment Programs

The student employment program provides Federal employment opportunities to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree seeking students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate or professional school.  Students gain experience through two different student programs, the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Careers Experience Program (SCEP) and HHS Student Volunteers.

Commissioner's Fellowship Program

The FDA offers a two-year fellowship program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and other scientist to receive training and experience at the FDA.