The following programs are designed to offer students educational federal internships where they assist, work with and learn from experienced TSA professionals.
Student Career Internship Program (SCIP)
The SCIP appointment is a paid internship program that provides the integration of a student’s academic studies and federal work experience with the potential of non-competitive conversion to a permanent position upon graduation if certain requirements are met.
Temporary Student Internship Program (TSIP)
TSIP appointments are paid, temporary appointments focusing on short-term projects, assignments or administrative tasks. Students gain personal and professional skills, as well as exposure to public service that can be helpful in securing future employment.
Student Volunteer Service Program (SVSP)
SVSP is an unpaid internship which provides students with educationally related work assignments. Assignments must be related to the students' majors and interests, and students are encouraged to receive academic credit (as determined by each school).
Eligibility requirements vary by program, but candidates must be U.S. citizens, current students in good academic standing and enrolled in one of the following:
- Accredited high schools, four-year colleges/universities, community colleges or junior colleges
- Professional, technical, vocational or trade schools
- Advanced degree programs or other educational institutions that offer qualifying degrees or certificates
Recent Graduate Programs
For college graduates, TSA offers additional programs designed to help participants find career paths best-suited for their education, skillsets and future goals.
Presidential Management Fellows Program
Established in 1977, this flagship leadership development program administered by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) selects from top candidates with advanced degrees (professional or graduate degree, e.g. Masters, Ph.D., and J.D.) from a qualifying educational institution or program within the two years preceding the OPM announcement.
Transportation Security Post-Graduate Program (TSPGP)
TSPGP offers entry-level, civil service experience to recent graduates interested in working for the federal government. This is a one-year developmental program, where the intern may be eligible for permanent employment after completion. To fill a TSPGP position, candidates must apply to a job announcement posted on USAJOBS.
Eligibility requirements and qualifications may vary by position, but candidates must be U.S. citizens and recent graduates who have completed one of the following within the last two years:
- Associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree
- Professional or doctoral degree
- Vocational or technical degree
- Certificate from a qualifying educational institution
Application to the program should be within two years of graduation date. Additional flexibilities provided to preference eligible veterans unable to apply due to military obligation. These veterans have a two-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty. In no event, may the eligibility period extend beyond six years from the date when the academic course of study was completed.
High School Graduates
For students looking to start their career right after high school, TSA has great entry-level opportunities that do not require a college degree. Learn more about the TSO role and security career path and look for open positions today.
There are many entry-level positions across different fields and occupations in Mission Support, Security and Law Enforcement. For graduates considering a career in finance, administration, criminal investigation, law, engineering and more, this may be the career path for you.
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