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Student Career Experience Program

The selectees for the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) will participate in a two-year work-study program consistent with their field of study. This program provides an excellent avenue for the Secret Service to identify and train highly motivated individuals. The student gains job training, federal employee benefits, the potential for full-time employment after graduation and an understanding and appreciation for the work environment at the federal level.* The goal of the program is to bring together classroom training with a participatory work environment to produce capable and productive employees. Positions are limited.

*Selection for the Student Career Experience Program is not a guarantee of full-time employment upon graduation.

The Secret Service ONLY accepts applications during current vacancy announcement periods.

Students may choose from numerous occupations related to their field of study such as:

  • Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Criminal Research Specialist
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Intelligence Research Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Visual Information Specialist

Baccalaureate Degree students must complete 640 hours of study-related work requirements.

About the Criminal Investigator (SCEP) Positions

Selectees will pursue a two-year practical training program which will provide them with the necessary rudiments for a criminal investigator (Special Agent) position, where they will be introduced to the many investigative and protective techniques and resources utilized by special agents in carrying out their important responsibilities. They will work closely with special agents to gain practical experience in the origination, administration and adjudication of criminal investigations. These positions are located in the field offices of the Secret Service.

Special Requirements for Criminal Investigator (SCEP)Positions

Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate or law degree educational program and successfully complete a polygraph examination and medical examination prior to appointment. In addition, selectees must pass the Treasury Enforcement Agent (TEA) written examination prior to being converted to a full-time special agent trainee position. Upon conversion to a full-time special agent trainee position, trainees will be required to attend 11 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Upon successful completion of training at FLETC, they receive approximately 16 weeks of specialized instruction at the James J. Rowley Training Center outside Washington, D.C.

General Qualification Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an accredited educational program and in the school's cooperative education program
  • Must maintain a 3.0 average in either undergraduate or graduate studies
  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in a field of study related to the position for which they are applying
  • All applicants tentatively selected for a position must submit to urinalysis screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Actual appointment to the position will be contingent upon the receipt of a negative drug test result.
  • All Secret Service positions require top secret security clearances. Students may be appointed based on the results of a preliminary background investigation; however, continued employment is contingent upon completion of the full field background investigation
  • Some positions require completion of a polygraph examination.
  • The final goal is to bring the students into full-time positions upon graduation.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • A signed working agreement between the educational institution and the Secret Service is required before the student is eligible for employment. The agreement documents the student's work schedule, program criteria and requirements for future non-competitive conversion to full-time federal employment.

Work Schedule

Students work part-time (no less than 16 hours per week and no more than 32 hours per week). However, during the holidays and official school breaks, the student is eligible to work full-time.


  • Retirement
  • Life and Health Insurance
  • Annual and Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Awards
  • Promotions
  • Flexible Spending Account Program

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.

How to Apply

The Secret Service ONLY accepts applications for current vacancies.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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