Recent Graduates Program
The Recent Graduates Program targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion. Veterans who, due to military service, were unable to apply for positions, will have up to two years from their release or discharge from active duty, not to exceed six years after degree and/or certificate completion. Successful applicants will be placed in a one-year career development program.
- U.S. Citizenship
- Recent graduate within the previous two years (veterans precluded by their military service obligation will have up to six years)
- You will be subject to random drug testing
- Be able to receive with a Secret or Top Secret security clearance
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 for qualifying degree submitted
To qualify for RGP positions at the GS-07 level, you must satisfy one of the requirements described in A or B below:
- EDUCATION — Have successfully completed one full year of graduate education (18 semester hours or the equivalent); or possess a bachelor’s degree that meets the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement. (Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. You must provide transcripts that clearly show degree(s) awarded, course titles, grades, and credits earned. Both official and unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)
- EXPERIENCE — You must demonstrate that you have experience (not necessarily job series related) not limited to the following competencies: (1) Attention to Detail (2) Customer Service (3) Oral Communication (4) Problem Solving AND possess at least one full year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or higher in the Federal Service.
While the government uses at least six different pay scales, the majority of Civil Service employees are paid using the GS (General Schedule) pay scale. The General Service pay scale for Civil Service employees features 15 pay grades, GS-1 (lowest) – GS-15 (highest) with 10 steps within each grade. You can visit the GS pay scale here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages.
You can review our benefits at: https://careers.state.gov/work/benefits.
Employees hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Interns hired under the Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) are considered temporary employees and are generally eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program if they are expected to work 130 hours per month or more for at least 90 days, in accordance with 5 CFR 890.102. Those who meet the criteria laid out in these provisions will receive the same government contribution as full-time permanent employees. There is no provision for temporary employees to be eligible for life insurance coverage.
A complete application must be submitted by 11:59PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. This includes submitting the online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section in the listed announcement. Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications well before the application deadline to ensure they receive consideration. Should candidates be missing any of the required documents or submit their application late, they will be disqualified for consideration of employment.
There is a maximum number of applications for each vacancy announcement. The vacancy will close on the closing date listed in the announcement or when the maximum number of applications is received. The vacancy will close when the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same.
- Qualifying Transcripts (Must show date degree was completed/conferred)
- Completed Assessment Questionnaire
- Veterans’ Preference Documents (Copy of DD-214 Member 4 copy, SF-15 if applicable, Veterans’ disability letter if applicable)