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DOL Internship Program

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Student Pathways

Overview

The Federal Government values the contributions made by students and recent graduates of all ages and backgrounds. We have been placed at a competitive disadvantage, though, compared to other sectors in recruiting and hiring students and recent graduates. To address these difficulties, President Obama signed Executive Order 13562, entitled "Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates," on December 27, 2010.

This Executive order established two new programs and modified another. They are the Internship Program for current students; the Recent Graduates Program for people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs (2 years from the date the graduate completed an academic course of study); and the reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program for people who obtained an advanced degree (e.g., graduate or professional degree) within the preceding two years. These programs, collectively the Pathways Programs, are streamlined developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.

As directed by the Executive order, OPM issued a final Pathways Rule to implement these programs. The final rule aims to improve recruiting efforts, offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.

Internship Program

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways Internship Program. As an Intern, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable on the job training and experience related to your field while pursuing your education. Internship can be seasonal (spring, summer, fall or year round). At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career conditional position. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules. The Pathway Internship Program replaces STEP/SCEP. Temporary appointments may be extended without further competition.

Ideal candidates for DOL internships are individuals pursing undergraduate or graduate degree programs in various fields (e.g. business administration or management, economics, public policy, political science, international relations or studies, accounting, financial management, medical, information technology/information systems, human resource management, pre-law and law.) Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their education and experience.

DOL Agencies

  • Learn more about the Intership Program
  • Apply for the DOL Internship Program:
    • DOL Agencies
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
    • Employment & Training Administration (ETA)
    • Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)
    • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
    • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions. To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply. For more information about Federal employment information for veterans, go to OPM's Feds Hire Vets website. To find out more about the Recent Graduates Program, go to the Program Fact Sheets webpage.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants. To find out more about the changes to the PMF Program, go to the Program Fact Sheets webpage.

Note: Internship opportunities for federal government agencies are posted on USAJOBS. Interested parties must search and apply for these opportunities using the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads