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STEM Student Employment Program (SSEP)
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Student Employment Program (SSEP) provides direct hire authority for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students enrolled in scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematics majors.  The program provides interns with exposure to public service, enhances their educational experience, and possibly provides financial aid to support their educational goals.  

Qualifying Requirements:

Must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A degree-seeking student pursuing a Bachelor’s or Graduate level degree
  • Enrolled at a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)     
  • Taking at least a half-time academic course load as defined by the school in which you attend
  • In good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Program Requirements:

  • Must be able to meet a 640 hour (16 week) work requirement prior to graduation.
  • Must remain in a STEM course of study for the duration of the program.
  • For students seeking an associate’s degree, academic criteria must be transferable to a four-year college or university, and student must intend to complete the associate’s degree to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

Program Highlights:

  • Paid internship.
  • Provides an opportunity to gain work experience directly related to an academic field of study.
  • Eligible for tuition assistance (50% tuition and $400 book allowance per semester).
  • Eligible for federal benefits (Annual and Sick Leave, TSP, Life and Health insurance, etc.)
  • Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Initial Pay Setting:  Students will be appointed at the grade/band level consistent with their academic progress and will be paid accordingly.

Salary Increases:  Students may receive pay adjustments or be promoted based on academic progress at management discretion.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted year-round. Interested applicants should submit their resume and transcripts to our Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP): SSEP Application