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Student Educational Employment Program

The Student Educational Employment Program provides employment opportunities to students who are interested in public service with the Federal Government. Students benefit from paid employment, flexible work schedules, and challenging work assignments. Students gain exposure to public service while enhancing their educational goals and shaping their career choices.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student (diploma, certificate, etc.).
  • Taking at least half-time academic or vocational and technical course load in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • Good academic standing (overall GPO of 2.75 or higher or some equivalent measure where GPA is not available)
  • At least the minimum age required by Federal, State or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors.
  • Meet the qualification standards and security requirements of the position

There are two components under the Student Educational Employment Program:

  • Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
  • Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is a paid student program, which offers valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school-- much like cooperative (co-op) employment.
This program requires a commitment by you, your school, and the U.S. Government Printing Office. A written agreement is required, which includes the nature of work, schedule of work assignments, and evaluation process. Your work will compliment your academic studies.
After graduation from school, you may be eligible for permanent employment subject to completing at least 640 hours of career-related work at GPO and receiving satisfactory recommendations from your supervisor.

Enjoy these benefits

  • Paid sick and vacation days
  • Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) retirement when the student has no prior service or has less than 5 years of prior civilian service
  • Low cost health and life insurance
  • Mass transit subsidy
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Promotion potential based on academic credits earned and work performance

Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) offers you temporary paid employment. Employment can range from summer jobs to positions that can last for as long as you are a student. These employment opportunities need not be related to your academic field of study and allow you to explore various occupations.

Enjoy these benefits

  • Paid sick and vacation days
  • Mass transit subsidy
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Promotion potential based on academic credits earned and work performance

How to apply
Visit GPO Job Vacancy Announcements for current openings in both the Student Career Experience Program and the Student Temporary Employment Program. These announcements are most frequently posted in February or March for the upcoming summer months.

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