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The Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Career Pathways Program is an innovative employment program targeting students and recent college graduates. If you are seeking an entry-level federal job or a federal internship, then check out our various opportunities!

Intern Program

The Pathways intern program allows students taking at least a half-time course load in an accredited high school, home schooling program, technical school, vocational school, two- or four- year college or university, or graduate or professional school to be part of a cooperative-learning environment. The program offers flexible work schedules, competitive pay, and the ability to gain experience while still completing your academic pursuits.

Recent Graduate Program

The Energy/NNSA Career Pathways Recent Graduate Program is a new program that offers developmental opportunities for applicants who have recently graduated within the last two years from qualifying educational institutions. Veterans unable to apply within the 2 year timeframe due to a military service obligation have up to 6 years from completing their education to apply. This one year program will offer training opportunities, mentorship, and the ability to gain meaningful work experience with the Department of Energy. After completing the program, participants are eligible for conversion to full time permanent employees.

To apply for the Pathways Recent Graduate, Pathways Intern, or any of our other Federal job opportunities, please visit our jobs search page.  

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is designed to attract qualified candidates to the Federal service. This program is available to outstanding applicants that are pursuing a professional or graduate degree that have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership of public policies and programs. To learn more or apply for this program, visit the OPM website: Presidential Management Fellows Program.

For more information about the Pathways Program, visit:

  • October 1, 2014

    The following frequently asked questions were developed by OPM’s Student Programs Office.  They will clarify the use of the authority and assist managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals in effectively administering the Career Pathways Program.