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Student Opportunities at FEMA


Did you know that students make valuable contributions to FEMA every day?  In Washington D.C. or at any of our ten regional offices, students can contribute to the agency’s mission of supporting citizens and first responders as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.  Whether you are a college (or advanced degree) student yourself or know one that may be interested, I encourage you to learn more about student opportunities at FEMA:

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Presidential Management Fellows program is a flagship leadership development program of the federal government and provides entry level full time employment for advanced degree candidates.  The program is designed for developing a cadre of potential government leaders who engage in impactful assignments during the first years of employment, including a series of projects to develop leadership capabilities.

Additional information about the program can be found on the program’s website.

Student Career Experience Program

The Student Career Experience Program gives students a "jump start" in their chosen career fields by providing valuable, paid work experience while they are still in school.   The program enriches each student’s education by providing relevant job experience while allowing the agency to continue developing the future workforce.

The arrangements for such jobs are developed under the Federal Student Educational Employment Program, and provides for work-study partnerships between the students and FEMA.  As a result of this program, many students have converted into a permanent position at the agency.

Additional information about this program can be found on the USA Jobs website.

Student Temporary Employment Program 

The program runs annually from June through September, providing college students with an opportunity to apply their skills and experience in an exciting work environment, while learning more about FEMA.  Students work to support the agency’s mission with assignments that can include conducting research on rules and regulations that guide the federal government, assisting with travel arrangements, and supporting the agency’s reporting efforts.

For June employment, applications are usually due by mid April.  However, the program also runs throughout the calendar year based on need, so interested applicants should monitor for the latest information on when opportunities arise and when applications are due.

Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

The FWS program provides part-time employment to current college students while assisting in financing the costs of postsecondary education. Students can receive FWS funds at approximately 3,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Students should contact their school guidance office, career planning and placement office, or e-mail for additional information.

More information about the FWS program can also be found at the Department of Education website.

Student Voluntary Employment Program

The Student Volunteer Employment Program is a government-wide program that allows students to work in the Department of Homeland Security as volunteers for valuable work experience directly related to their academic field of study. Though unpaid, students hired through the Student Volunteer Employment Program may receive educational credit for their internship.  Applications are accepted throughout the year, and interested students should e-mail for more information.

Additional information can also be found on the DHS website.
Last Updated: 
06/17/2012 - 14:05

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