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Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)

Overview

The Student Educational Employment Program (SEEP) has two components, the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). It is available to all levels of students: high school, vocational and technical, associate degree, baccalaureate degree, graduate degree, and professional degree students. This program offers you valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. The program is designed to be a partnership between the student, their school, and the employing office. The SCEP may lead to permanent employment after you successfully complete your education and meet work requirements.

This program offers you valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. The program is designed to be a partnership between the student, their school, and the employing office. The SCEP may lead to permanent employment after you successfully complete your education and meet work requirements.

  • Hired to work in occupations related to their academic goals
  • Agreement between agency, student and school regarding work assignments, evaluation
  • Eligible for noncompetitive conversion to permanent status within 120 days after completion of academic program if student completed at least 640 hours of career related work
  • Hired into a position related to their academic training and career work experience
  • Entitled to health and life insurance
  • Eligible for annual and sick leave
  • Eligible for within-grade increases
  • Eligible for promotions
  • Agencies that noncompetitively convert a Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) graduate to a term appointment may also noncompetitively convert that individual to a career or career-conditional appointment before the term appointment expires

Program Features

  • Students may be employed year round.
  • Students may have flexible work schedules.
  • Open to all students...high school, under-graduate, graduate, and vocational/technical.
  • Veterans are referred prior to other referrals.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible under the Student Educational Employment Program, if you:

  • Are a student enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.
  • Are enrolled as at least a half-time student in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • Have a satisfactory academic record, 2.0 or better accumulative G.P.A. is required.
  • Are a U.S. citizen. Non-citizens may be eligible for employment if eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws but may not be placed into permanent positions.
  • Are qualified for the position as stated in the vacancy announcement.

Career Pathways

In December 2010, President Obama established the Career Pathways program, which will eliminate the SEEP program, which includes STEP and SCEP. Details of the Career Pathways program are still being developed by the Office of Personnel Management. The three program paths under this program will include: an Internship Program; a Recent Graduates Program; and a Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.

For information on the STEP program, visit our website at: Agency Contacts

For a list of questions and answers, please visit the OPM website.

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012