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Pathways Programs – Interns, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows

The Pathways Program offers clear paths to federal Internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to federal careers for recent graduates to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their federal service.

If you are a student or recent graduate, you may wish to consider beginning your career in the federal government by applying for a vacancy under whichever of the authorities described below may apply to you:

  • Internship Program: This program is for current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore federal careers while still in school. 
  • Recent Graduates Program: This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship.  To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply). 
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program: For more than three decades, the PMF program has been the federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates.  This program is now for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years.  For more complete program information, visit

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For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit OPM’s Students and Recent Graduates page

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Last modified 01/30/23