The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree. The Pathways Program offers three different paths.
To assist with your federal government career search, click above to see a listing of academic majors that match up to federal jobs. Note: This is not an all-inclusive list.
Internship Program: The Internship Program is for current students. If you’re 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.
Recent Graduate Program: The recent graduate program is for those who have graduated, within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The recent graduate program offers career development with training and mentorship.
You must apply within two years of getting your degree or certificate (veterans have up to six years to apply due to their military service obligation).
Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program: This program is for recent graduates with an advanced degree—either a professional or graduate degree such as a master’s, Ph.D. or J.D. You may be eligible if you:
- Have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying educational institution or program within the past two years.
- Are a current graduate student and will complete all of your degree requirements (including dissertations) by the PMF application deadline.
How Do I Apply?
All Pathways Program positions are posted on www.usajobs.gov. To set up a saved search and receive alerts for when a position is posted, please follow the instructions here. Use the term ‘Student Trainee’ when creating a search.
As soon as an announcement is posted, we encourage students to apply immediately as this is a highly competitive program. We suggest interested students create a profile on USAJobs in advance, and ensure they have an up-to-date resume and transcripts (scanned) so you’re prepared when an announcement is posted.