Youth Employment
Northeast Region

Student Career Experience Program Requirements

To be eligible for the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), Students must be:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • A U.S. citizen. Lawfully admitted resident aliens may be considered absent qualified citizens; however, students accepted into the program as trainees must be U.S. citizens if and when they are converted to permanent appointments after graduation
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of study leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate, at an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two or four year college or university, graduate or professional school
  • Taking at least a half-time course load as defined by the school. An exception to this requirement is permitted when a student is in the final period before graduation and needs to complete less than a half-time course load
  • A student in good standing with the academic institution and maintain the grade point average (GPA) requirements of the school

Student trainees in the SCEP must:

  • Meet qualification requirements
  • Be employed by the Service in a position related to the student's academic field of study
  • Be either working for the Service, attending school, or both, at any time during the year
  • Meet performance and conduct standards during periods of work with the Service.

Other program parameters include:

  • A written agreement must be initiated by the Service and signed by the student, the school, and the Service.
  • The student must complete at least 640 hours (16 weeks) of career-related work with the Service prior to completion of or concurrently with academic course requirements.
  • Appointments may be made at any grade for which a student qualifies, under either the General Schedule or Wage Grade. Positions under the General Schedule are eligible for locality pay, and if applicable, special pay rates. Students are eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and leave accrual on the same basis as permanent employees with comparable work schedules.
  • The Service may provide financial assistance, which always includes salary and may include tuition assistance; travel and transportation expenses between the school and duty station; and low or no-cost housing.
  • Work schedules may be part-time, full-time, alternating or concurrent with course work. The work schedule should not interfere with the student's academic schedule or progress.

After graduation, students:

  • Must meet qualification standards for the target position.
  • Are eligible for non-competitive conversion to a career or career conditional appointment within 120 days after meeting graduation requirements conferment and satisfactory completion of SCEP requirements.
  • May be converted and assigned to duty locations deemed most beneficial to the Service, or to a position in another Federal agency.

To learn more about the Student Career Experience Program contact Louise Barry, Human Resources, at:

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Last updated: December 21, 2011
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