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NOAA's Pathways Programs

The Pathways Program – Interns, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows - revises, establishes and reinvigorates the former Student Educational Employment Programs (SEEP), which encompassed the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
NOTE: The SCEP and STEP Programs are no longer active.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides opportunities for students pursuing career options while progressing towards their degree - whether undergraduate, graduate, or beyond. We offer opportunities that can expose current and former students to a career field while assisting NOAA in performing critical work that supports our mission.

What is Pathways?
The Pathways Program came into existence on December 27, 2010, when President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13562, "Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates." This EO established two new programs and modified the existing Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. The Pathways Program includes three excellent programs:

Program Overview
Pathways Internship Program Provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions the chance to explore Federal careers while completing their education.
Pathways Recent Graduate Program Provides developmental experiences for recent grad's to explore possible careers in the civil service
Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF) It is the premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates.

Why Pathways at NOAA?
NOAA values the contributions made by students and recent graduates of all ages and backgrounds. NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. With a reach that goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor, we work to keep citizens informed of the ever-changing environment around them. NOAA's products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America's gross domestic products. NOAA's dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with the reliable information and intelligence that they need, when they need it. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring, to fisheries management, coastal restoration, and support for marine commerce, as well any of our other program areas (Human Resources, Finance and Budget, etc…) there's a career waiting for you at NOAA!

As a Pathways participant, you will have:

Do you have questions about Pathways at NOAA?
If you are student and want to know more, click the link(s) below to explore and clarify the program. If can't find an answer to your questions about Pathways at NOAA contact the NOAA Pathways Program Office.

All NOAA-wide actions, including those to evaluate, appoint, develop and promote individuals, under the Pathways Program will be based on merit and made without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, non-disqualifying physical handicap or age, and must be based solely on job-related criteria.

NOAA Pathways Program Office
The Pathways Program Office (PPO) located in WFMO provides administration, management, marketing, resources and support for Pathways Programs resources for supervisors, mentors and POC's in NOAA. If you are interested or you already serve as a NOAA Pathways supervisor, POC, or mentor, the NOAA Resource Gateway Center is here for YOU!

Additional Information:

Additional Pathways Information (NOAA Hiring Managers) - NOAA log-in required

Please direct any questions to: NOAA Pathways Program Office

NOAA Pathways Program Coordinators

Page last edited: December 19, 2016

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