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SCEP and STEP: Excellent Opportunities for Students in the Federal Government

December 17, 2009

Current students interested in gaining valuable paid, work experience  in the Federal Government need not look any further than two excellent programs: the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Key elements of SCEP:

  • Provides experience in the federal government that is directly related to a student’s educational and career goals.
  • Successful completion of the position may lead to non-competitive conversion to a term, career or career-conditional appointment after completing  640 hours.
  • Students participating must be academically enrolled on at least a half-time basis
  • Positions are paid and generally have designated benefits

STEP has many of the same characteristics as SCEP, but differs in that this program does not automatically convert to appointments.  In addition, STEP positions generally anywhere from three months to a year.

To find out about STEP and SCEP opportunities, two great resource are Congressman Mel Watt’s federal internship page, found at  Another excellent resource is the Federal Internship Directory at is another good starting point.

Also to find out more about applying for STEP and SCEP positions, please contact your respective school advisors at the Career Center.

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