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Student Employment Programs

 

The Student Educational Employment Program provides federal employment opportunities to students. There are three programs available:

Student Career Experience Program (SCEP):
The Bureau of Reclamation hires students to work in a variety of positions while attending school. Students have the opportunity to experience working in their field of study with the benefits of year-round employment and flexible work schedules and assignments. Students gain exposure in public service while enhancing their educational goals and shaping their career choices.

Positions Available:
  Financial Management     Engineers (Civil, Hydraulic, Environment, Electrical)
  Biologist     Environment Sciences
  Business Management     Lands and Realty
  Computer Specialist     Geologist

SCEP Program Requirements
  • Enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education
  • Students must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the work for which hired
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Enrolled at least half time (6 hours)
  • Provide a current transcript and proof of enrollment at the beginning of each semester/quarter
  • Upon completion of 640 hours of career-related work, and graduation from an accredited school, the student is eligible for permanent employment
SCEP Program Benefits
  • Pay ranges from $9.77 - $13.54 per hour
  • Vacation and sick days
  • Coverage by the Federal Employees Retirement System
  • Students are eligible for both life and health insurance coverage
  • Students will receive assistance for travel and transportation when required to travel
  • Employee assistance program
  • Alternative work schedule
  • Thrift Savings Plan
  • Family and medical leave
  • Wellness program

 

Student Temporary Experience Program (STEP):
The Student Temporary Experience Program allows students to work in a temporary position for up to one year. The types of positions available vary depending on agency need.

Positions Available:
  Financial Management     Office Automation Clerk
  Business Management     Clerical
  Computer Specialist     Secretarial
  Environment Sciences     Data Entry

STEP Program Requirements
  • Enrolled at least half time (6 hours)
  • Provide proof of enrollment at the beginning of each semester or quarter
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Educational institutions can include: high school, vocational schools, community college, or university
STEP Program Benefits
  • Pay ranges from $7.35 - $11.31 per hour
  • Vacation and sick days
  • Coverage by the Federal Employees Retirement System
  • Students will receive assistance for travel and transportation when required to travel
  • Employee assistance program
  • Alternative work schedule
  • Family and medical leave

 

Diversity Intern Program:
The Bureau of Reclamation strives to increase diversity in its workforce by providing internship opportunities. This program provides talented, hardworking interns an opportunity to explore careers at various Department of Interior sites.

Diversity Intern Program Objectives:
  • Merge academic study with practical applications for students majoring in relevant fields and related disciplines
  • Create a pool of talented students interested in federal employment, and provide an opportunity for these students to experience working for the federal government
  • Provide professional experience for ethnically diverse students and students with disabilities
Key Features of the Diversity Intern Program:
  • Students earn academic credit
  • Department of the Interior bureaus/offices identify internship opportunities, specify preferred education, skill and other credentials, make final selections, and provide intern supervision and mentoring
  • Interns are paid by the respective nonprofit organization
  • Pay ranges from:
    • Sophomore/Junior - $420.00/week
    • Senior - $450.00/week
    • Law/Graduate Student - $520.00/week

Diversity Intern Program Requirements
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Currently enrolled as a sophomore or above, in good standing
  • Be a permanent legal resident or U.S. citizen
Interested students should contact one of the following non-profit organizations to register for the Diversity Intern Program:

 

Last updated: December 6, 2006