Student and graduate interns

The Social Security Administration student and recent graduate programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics.

Program Information

Student Opportunities

SSA offers opportunities for students to expand their work experience and build upon their academic skills. Student programs are open to students in academic, technical, or vocational programs.

Recent Graduates

Pathways Recent Graduates Program

This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply).

Participants receive customized training and development opportunities throughout the program. Each participant receives mentorship, formal and interactive training, and individual development plans. Positions within this program offer opportunity for career advancement.

After completion of the program, recent graduates may be converted to a permanent position. For more information, visit Pathways Recent Graduate Program Fact Sheet.

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Presidential Management Fellows Program

Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

For more than three decades, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program has been the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The program attracts and selects from among the best candidates and is designed to develop a cadre of potential Federal Government leaders. This program is for individuals who have received a qualifying graduate, law, or doctoral-level degree within the preceding two years.

The Social Security Administration is known for its outstanding program that allows Fellows to explore several areas of career interest during rotational assignments over two years. Participants receive training and participate in a wide array of career enhancing activities. Successful program completion can lead to permanent placement within SSA.  

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the official sponsoring agency for the Federal PMF Program. As the program sponsor, OPM is solely responsible for processing, screening, and selecting finalists for the PMF Program each year. Each year, Social Security reviews the list of PMF finalists to find promising individuals to join our agency. Over the past several years, Social Security has hired more than 100 fellows to work in field operations throughout the country and in Headquarters’ offices such as the Office of Disability, the Office of Budget, the Office of Systems, and the Office of Policy.

For more information, visit

Program Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions