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Student Career Experience Program

The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is a work-study program consistent with the candidate's field of study. This program provides an excellent avenue for the Secret Service to identify and train highly motivated individuals. The student gains job training, federal employee benefits, the potential for full-time employment after graduation, and an understanding and appreciation for the work environment at the federal level. The goal of the program is to bring together classroom training with a participatory work environment to produce capable and productive employees. Positions are limited.

Steps to Becoming a Student Trainee

Requirements and Qualifications

To be considered you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be enrolled full-time as a degree seeking student in an accredited educational program
  • Maintain a satisfactory academic record of a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average in either graduate or undergraduate studies
  • Be enrolled in a field of study related to the position for which you are applying
  • 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.

Upon successful completion of this program, student trainees may be converted to full-time competitive appointments. However, selection for the Student Career Experience Program is not a guarantee of full-time employment upon graduation.
Pay and Work Schedule

Students may work either part-time or full-time, but no less than 16 hours per week.

The pay will depend on the education and work experience a candidate possesses. As a student advances in their education, they may become eligible for promotions based on work performance, grade point average and credits earned. Pay is based on the General Schedule (GS).

Federal employees are eligible to participate in the following benefits programs. More information about the benefits may be found by clicking on each program:
How to Apply
To view and apply for our vacancies please follow this link.

You may also call 888-813-8777 for a listing of our current vacancies.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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