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Student Volunteer Service (Internships)

The Student Intern Program provides unpaid academic study-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options in addition to developing personal and professional skills. Working in Washington, D.C., or in various field offices located throughout the United States, can prepare students for a career with the United States Secret Service.

The program offers many advantages, including career exploration early in a student's academic studies, exposure to new and emerging occupations/technologies, academic credit for the work performed (this is determined by the academic institution), and work experience that may be considered relevant if the student later applies for permanent employment. The program, however, is not intended to provide the intern with investigative or protective experience.

Steps to Becoming an Intern

Requirements and Qualifications

To be considered you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment during the upcoming semester or quarter as a diploma/certificate/degree seeking student in high school, or in an educational institution not above the baccalaureate level that is accredited by a recognized accrediting body
  • Obtain an agreement from the institution to participate
  • Maintain a satisfactory academic record of a 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average
  • Not be a son or daughter of a current Secret Service employee
Top Secret Clearance

Applicants must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance. Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screening and extensive background investigation. Some positions require the completion of a pre-employment polygraph examination. Completion of a full investigation is required before appointment.

Students may be appointed based on the results of a preliminary background investigation. However, continued employment is contingent upon completion of the full background.

Follow this link to learn more about the background investigation.

Work Schedule

Students are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and not less than one semester, two quarters or a summer session and may not have already graduated.


Most assignments are of a clerical nature and no previous experience is required.

For More Information

If you have questions, please contact the Secret Service Recruitment Program at 202-406-5800, or TTY 202-406-5390.

How to Apply

To apply to our internships please submit the following:

  1. OF 612 - Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment, and a college transcript;

  2. OR

  3. Resume, OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment and a college transcript.

The forms may be obtained on the Office of Personnel Management website.

A determination of basic eligibility will be based solely on each applicant's application and its attachments. If you are interested in applying for a position in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, please submit your application to the Washington Field Office. For all other areas, please submit your application to the Secret Service office nearest you. Follow this link for a listing of all Secret Service offices. Headquarters does not accept unsolicited intern applications at this time.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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