The USDOC, like many federal agencies, offers education benefits designed not only to provide financial assistance but to offer valuable experience. In many cases, these benefits are extended not only to agency employees, but to anyone who meets the qualifications.
Please note that qualification requirements for these benefits may change over time. Contact the agency directly with any questions or to apply.
Department of Commerce (DOC) Internship Program for Post-Secondary Students
WHAT IT IS: This internship program was established to offer students who have an interest in future DOC employment (or federal employment in general) the opportunity to gain valuable training and experience.
WHERE IT IS: Internships are, by and large, located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. There are also opportunities in various field locations.
HOW LONG IT LASTS: During the school year, internships will coincide with the students academic calendar. Summer internship sessions are ten consecutive weeks.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The student must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in or accepted to an accredited degree program with a grade point average above 2.9.
TO APPLY: You must apply through the DOC five Postsecondary Internship Program partners listed on the DOC website. http://hr.commerce.gov/Careers/StudentCareerOpportunities/DEV01_005843
GOOD TO KNOW: DOC serves as the host Federal agency for the student interns; students may be assigned to work in Federal agencies other than DOC.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://hr.commerce.gov/index.htm
National Ocean Service Intern Program
WHAT IT IS: A program devoted to offering interns opportunities to study, research and develop skills in the National Ocean Service techniques and technologies.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS you must be a U.S. citizen who is currently pursuing or has completed an associates, bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. You also qualify if you are a U.S. citizen who is a current or prospective student pursuing a clinical degree or pursuing a nursing degree.
TO APPLY: Visit www.eco.org or mail a letter of inquiry to the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, NOS, SPO at 1305 East West Highway, 9th Floor SSMC4; Silver Spring, MD 20910
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
WHAT IT IS: SCEP is a paid work study program that provides work experience while you attend school.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must be a degree-seeking student, a U.S. citizen, and meet minimum age requirements for employment. Plus, you must carry at least a half-time course load at an accredited educational institution (either academic, vocational or technical) and provide official proof of enrollment from your school at the start of each semester.
GOOD TO KNOW: Participation in SCEP requires a commitment to the USDOC by you and your school, but once you meet program work requirements and completing school, you may be eligible for a permanent DOC job.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://hr.commerce.gov/ContactOHRM/index.htm
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
WHAT IT IS: STEP is a temporary employment program with the Department of Commerce that provides exposure to the daily workings of federal government while allowing the student to earn money, gain experience and continue their education.
HOW LONG IT LASTS: The duration varies. It can be as brief as a 3-month summer position to as long as an entire college career.
GOOD TO KNOW: The employment opportunities do not have to be related to the students academic field of study.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Similar to SCEP, an applicant must be a degree-seeking student, a U.S. citizen, and meet minimum age requirements for employment. The student must carry at least a half-time course load at an accredited educational institution (either academic, vocational or technical) and provide official proof of enrollment from your school at the start of each semester.
TO APPLY: Visit http://hr.commerce.gov/Practitioners/HRFlexibilities/DEV01_006387
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://hr.commerce.gov/ContactOHRM/index.htm