Students and Recent Grad Opportunities

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Whether you are still in school or just starting out in your career, we have many opportunities for you to make a meaningful difference while building your skills. Get a job at the U.S. Department of Labor!

We work collectively to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States, improve working conditions, advance opportunities for profitable employment, assure work-related benefits and rights, and much more. Please review the Federal Occupations by College Major to help you determine what Federal Occupations correlate to your education. Whatever your interest, there's an opportunity at the Department of Labor for you.

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking bright, innovative, and 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.

Ideal candidates for DOL internships are individuals pursing undergraduate or graduate degree programs in various fields (e.g. business administration, management, economics, public policy, political science, international relations 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.

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 as well as 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.

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense. The program connects public and private sector employers with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to show their abilities in the workforce. DOL may use WRP to fill temporary and full-time positions in a variety of fields. If you are interested, inquire with your school’s disability services or career services coordinator. For more information, visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy Workforce Recruitment 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, minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants. For more detailed information please visit

All DOL PMF opportunities will be posted on OPM’s PMF Talent Acquisition System (TAS). All PMF Finalists for the current year should have received their log-in credentials directly from OPM.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a student volunteer program that offers students an opportunity to experience and support our important mission to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. The programs are generally 8 to 10 weeks and the work schedules are flexible. The program exposes students to DOL leadership and other officials.

Ideal candidates for DOL student volunteers are individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree programs in various fields. Participating students must receive a stipend from an academic institution or organization as compensation for their work, or receive commensurate course credit towards graduation. Positions may be full or part time, and in a variety of fields.

Information on other types of DOL agency specific scholarships, internships, fellowships, and full time hiring programs at the Department of Labor will be posted on this page when available.

If you do not see a program listed that matches your skills, interests, or timeframe, please visit USAJOBS (the federal government's official job site), for additional entry-level and student job opportunities at the Department.