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Student Employment Programs


The College Work Study Program (CWSP) is administered by the Department of Education and provides part-time employment for undergraduate, graduate and professional students who desire to continue their education but are in financial need.  They do not need to be in a law or pre-law curriculum.  CWSP students may perform a variety of duties depending upon their qualifications.  Applicants interested in being considered for the CWSP should contact the Financial Aid Office at their college or university.  The Financial Aid Office will help determine student eligibility, negotiate a contract with this office, and refer qualified students when a vacancy occurs.  CWSP students may work part-time during the school year and full-time during vacation periods.  CWSP students are neither volunteers nor federal employees, but recipients of federal grant program monies.



The Pathways Internship Program is a limited position that provides students in an accredited high school, college, trade school, and other qualifying educational institutions the opportunity to explore Federal careers as paid employees while completing their education.  Students are required to be enrolled at least in a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate program.  Students are given one-year temporary appointments, which may be extended by up to one-year increments, so long as they meet the criteria of a student.  However, a student who needs to complete less than the equivalent of  half an academic/vocational or technical course load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for the purposes of this program.  Students may work full or part-time, as long as the hours worked do not interfere with their academic studies.

Pathways Internship Program vacancies will be posted at the following website:  Applications will only be accepted during the time listed on the posted vacancy announcement.


Student volunteers perform service without compensation and may supplement, but not replace, employment programs in which students are paid (i.e., Pathways Program).  The program allows students to explore career options as well as develop personal and professional skills.  Students will be exposed to the Federal work environment and will learn about the missions and responsibilities of various Federal agencies and departments.  Students must be enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited high school, college, trade school, or other qualifying educational institutions.  Students may or may not be assigned duties which directly relate to their course of study, and are not considered federal government employees.  However, time spent as a student volunteer is documented.  Any student interested in applying to this program should submit their resume to:


Equal Employment Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Updated May 3, 2024