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Student Volunteer Service (Internships)

Working at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., or in various field offices located throughout the United States can prepare students for a career with the United States Secret Service.

The Student Intern Program provides unpaid academic-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options in addition to developing personal and professional skills. Students are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and not less than one semester, two quarters or a summer session and may not have already graduated. The program offers many advantages, including: career exploration early in a student's academic studies; exposure to new and emerging occupations/technologies; academic credit for the work performed (this is determined by the academic institution); and work experience that may be considered relevant if the student later applies for permanent employment. The program, however, is not intended to provide the intern with investigative or protective experience.


Students must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for an intern position:

  • At least 16 years of age at the time of appointment
  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment during the upcoming semester or quarter as a full-time or part-time student in high school, or in an educational institution not above the baccalaureate level
  • Obtain an agreement from the institution to participate
  • Not a son or daughter of a Secret Service employee
  • Maintain a satisfactory academic record of a 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average

Completion of a preliminary background investigation and drug screening is also required prior to the volunteer service.

For More Information

For more information contact the Secret Service Personnel Division at 202-406-5800, 888-813-USSS (8777), 866-898-3119 or TTY 202-406-5390.

Application Process

Application Submission. The deadline for submitting an application for each semester is as follows:

  • Summer Semester - December 15
  • Fall Semester - April 15
  • Spring Semester - August 15

To apply for the position, one of the following sets of forms may be submitted:

  1. OF612, Optional Application for Federal Employment and; OF306, Declaration for Federal Employment


  2. Resume, along with the OF306

The forms listed above may be obtained by following this link.

A determination of basic eligibility will be based solely on each applicant's application and its attachments. Completed forms for positions within the Washington Metropolitan area may be emailed to: or faxed to: 202-406-6574 or 202-406-6654. If you wish to apply outside of the Washington, DC area, please submit your application to the U.S. Secret Service Office nearest to you. Follow this link for a listing of all U.S. Secret Service field offices.

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