Student and Summer Employment
NIFA hires students under the Student
Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and
the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
Applicants must be enrolled in school
on at least a half-time schedule. Students
work part time during the school year and
full time during breaks. While students
receive meaningful work experiences, there
are no benefits, no assurance of continued
employment, and no conversion to permanent
positions. Students may be placed in any
type of position, regardless of field of
study. This is a temporary employment program.
Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
This is formerly known as the “Co-Op” program.
Students receive all benefits of permanent
civil service employment. Job must be related
to the student's field of study. Part-time,
full-time, intermittent, or summer work
schedules are permitted, and students can
be converted to a permanent position upon
graduation, although this is not guaranteed.
Students must be enrolled in a degree or
certificate program with an accredited
school/college/university and maintain
at least a half-time course load.
To find out more about student jobs, including
current openings, contact:
USDA, ARS, Human Resources Division
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville , MD 20705-5103