DLA Pathways Internship Program

DLA Pathways Programs Authority


On December 27, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13562, entitled “Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates”. This executive order established the Pathways Programs, which consist of three excepted-service avenues for entering the federal workforce; the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

  • The Internship Program is the new avenue for students currently enrolled in educational institutions. It replaces the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP); and is called the DLA Internship Program.
  • The Recent Graduates Program is the avenue for those who have recently graduated from a qualifying educational institution, and will be used along with Competitive Examining, Merit Promotion, and Special Hiring Authorities such as Veterans and Disabled to fill DLA’s Corporate Program.

The final rule implementing the Pathways Programs was published on May 11, 2012 and is effective on July 10, 2012. DLA may use the Internship Program (former STEP/SCEP) immediately in accordance with the centralization processes. The use of the Recent Graduates authority will become available for use after the effective date of the final rule and the completion of a memorandum of understanding with DOD and OPM. Details on each program are available at the OPM website.

Final Pathways Rule: