Youth Employment
Northeast Region

Student Temporary Employment Program Requirements

To be eligible for the STEP, students must be:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • A U.S. citizen or a national.
  • 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 a good standing with the academic institution and maintaining the grade point average (GPA) requirements of the school.

STEP Advantages:

  • Provides maximum flexibility to agencies and students.
  • Duties of STEP positions are not required to be related to the student’s academic/career goals.
  • Students are eligible for annual (vacation), holiday, and sick leave.
  • Students are eligible for health insurance once they are continuously employed for one year.
  • Students may be converted to the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP); and STEP work experience may be creditable toward SCEP work experience requirements.
  • Appointments may be made at any grade for which a student qualifies, under either the General Schedule or Wage Grade. Those under the General Schedule are eligible for locality pay, and if applicable, special pay rates.
  • Work schedules may be part-time, full-time, alternating, or concurrent with course work.

To learn more about the Student Temporary Employment Program contact Louise Barry, Human Resources, at:

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Last updated: December 21, 2011
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