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Federal Programs for Students and Recent Graduates

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The U.S. Department of Commerce recruits students using a variety of programs, including Federal student programs. Established by Executive Order 13562, the Pathways Programs includes the Presidential Management Fellows Program, Recent Graduates Program, and the Internship Program. The Workforce Recruitment Program for Persons with Disabilities provides work experience for college students with disabilities. Additionally, there are special hiring authorities that can be used to hire veterans and people with disabilities.

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
    The program places outstanding candidates from all academic disciplines who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years into 2-year fellowships. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to a permanent position. For additional information on this program, please visit
    http://pmf.gov and/or contact the Department of Commerce PMF Coordinator, Melissa Herrera, via email at MHerrera@doc.gov.
  • Recent Graduates Program
    The program places individuals who have graduated within the past two years from qualifying educational institutions or programs into 1-year developmental experiences. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to a permanent position. For additional information on this program, please visit
    www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates and/or contact the Department of Commerce Pathways Program Officer, Farhan Qureshy, via email at FQureshy@doc.gov.
  • Internship Program
    The program places currently enrolled students from high school to graduate level into paid opportunities working in Federal agencies. Students who successfully complete the program may be converted to a permanent position. For additional information on this program, please visit
    www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/interns and/or contact the Department of Commerce Pathways Program Officer, Farhan Qureshy, via email at FQureshy@doc.gov.
  • Workforce Recruitment Program for Persons with Disabilities (WRP)
    Provides work experience for college students with disabilities. A pool of pre-screened applicants is provided by the Department of Labor in their database. Successful individuals may be non-competitively appointed to permanent positions. For additional information on this program, please visit
    http://www.dol.gov/odep/wrp and/or contact the Department of Commerce Workforce Recruitment Program Coordinator Sean Lenahan via email at ScheduleA@doc.gov.
  • Veterans and People with Disabilities
    Special hiring authorities are available to bring on veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information on the Department’s Veterans Program, please contact Sean Lenahan via email at
    Vets@doc.gov. For more information on programs for people with disabilities, please contact Sean Lenahan via email at ScheduleA@doc.gov.