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Students and Recent Graduates

We offer many opportunities for current students and recent graduates through the Pathways Program. These are streamlined developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the federal workforce.

  • Recent Graduates Program

The program places individuals who have graduated within the past two years from qualifying educational institutions or programs into one-year developmental experiences. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to a permanent position.

  • Internship Program

The Internship program places currently enrolled students from high school to graduate level into paid and unpaid opportunities working in federal agencies. You may be converted to a permanent position if your appointment is eligible for conversion.

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The PMF program places outstanding candidates from all academic disciplines who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years into two-year fellowships. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to a permanent position.

Application Process

All Pathways opportunities are posted on For additional information about the Pathways Program please visit the OMP Students & Recent Graduates webpage.

Student Volunteer Service

This program offers unpaid training opportunities to students in high school and college. These opportunities provide work experience related to a student’s academic program. The program allows students to explore options as well as develop personal and professional skills. Their sponsoring academic institution determines how much academic credit the student will earn. In addition, the student gains work experience which will enhance their ability to obtain paying jobs in the future. Student volunteers must be in accordance with appropriate federal, State, and local laws covering the employment of minors. The minimum age is normally 18 years; however, when all the conditions for voluntary service are met, the minimum age is 16 years. Any employment certificates or work permits required by State or local authority must be obtained. Students must be in good standing academically and eligible to continue as an enrolled student in their educational institutions. For consideration, complete and submit the U.S. Department of Justice Student Volunteer Service Agreement form to:

For More Information

Contact Nardia Bennett in ENRD’s Office of Human Resources.


Job Title: Legal Assistant

Department: Department Of Justice

Agency: Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number: ENRD-25-034-EXC

  • Salary Range: $45,146 - $58,686 per year
  • Open Period: 06/11/2024 to 06/25/2024
  • Series and Grade: GS 5
  • Position Information: Full-Time
  • Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC
  • Who May Apply: United States Citizens
  • Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation
  • Supervisory Status: No

Job Summary:

This is an excepted service appointment under the DOJ Pathways Recent Graduates Program for the Natural Resources Section (NRS). NRS handles litigation arising under more than 80 natural resource, environmental, and cultural resource statutes, various treaties and international agreements, interstate compacts, and congressional referrals. The incumbent will provide administrative and legal support to paralegals and attorneys.

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Updated June 11, 2024