The Office of Personnel Management has consolidated student employment programs into one streamlined, flexible program that serves as a critical tool to assist agencies in attracting and recruiting students to meet employment needs. The new program consists of two components:
- Student Career Experience Program
- Student Temporary Employment Program
The Student Career Experience Program provides for periods of attendance at accredited schools combined with periods of career-related work. This is a formally structured Program and requires a written agreement by all parties (agency, school, and student) as to the nature of work, continuation in, and successful completion of the Program. There is no requirement for students to meet any economic or income criteria for eligibility. Activities may establish their own criteria. Students who have met all the requirements of this Program may be noncompetitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment in an occupation related to their academic training and work study experiences.
As an alternative recruitment method and pipeline intake for the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) Intern Program, ACTEDS intern resources may be utilized to fund SCEP participants. Funding for SCEP participants must be absorbed from within the current ACTEDS intern allocation and coordinated with the ACTEDS Intern Team in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Civilian Personnel Policy. See memorandum at Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
The Student Temporary Employment Program provides flexibility to appoint students on a temporary basis to jobs that may or may not be related to their academic field of study. Employment can range from summer jobs to positions that can last for as long as the individual is a student. Appointments are not to exceed one year; extensions are permissible in one-year increments. There is no financial need requirement for eligibility. Individual acitvities may set their own criteria or use the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. Students may not be retained beyond graduation (May or December). Necessary steps must be taken to make a NEW appointment, if the student is to be retained. Students may be converted to the Student Career Experience Program when requirements of that program are met and an appropriate position is available.
Students may be appointed to these Programs if they are pursuing any of the following educational programs: (1) High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED); (2) Vocational/Technical Certificate; (3) Associate Degree; (4) Baccalaureate Degree; (5) Graduate Degree; and (6) Professional Degree. Students participating in the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under the provision of Public Law 93-842 are eligible for appointments under the Student Career Experience Program.
The Programs are year-round programs and appointments may be made at any time during the year, including summer. Students may work full-time or part-time schedules. There are no limitations on the number of hours a student can work per week, but it should not interfere with the academic schedule.