Students & Recent Graduates

Explore DFC programs for current students, recent graduates, and Presidential Management Fellows.

Students | Recent Graduates | Presidential Management Fellows


DFC internships offer enriching experiences that will propel your educational and professional growth. You’ll gain valuable skills and insight that can help you succeed in any future career endeavor—whether it’s in federal, state, or local government or the private sector. We offer paid, unpaid, full-time and part-time internship opportunities.


To be eligible, you must be a current student enrolled in an accredited high school or college (including four-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, or trade school; advanced degree program; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. Your internship should be related to your academic career goals or field of study.

Visit DFC’s page on USAJOBS to view current internship vacancies, learn about DFC offices, and review specific qualification requirements for each internship.

Recent Graduates

DFC’s Recent Graduate Program is a one-year program designed to provide early-career professionals with developmental experiences in the federal government. If you have recently graduated from a qualifying institution or program, this is the perfect chance for you to explore a variety of careers in civil service.

Upon acceptance, you’ll be placed in a dynamic developmental program where you’ll receive mentorship, 40 hours of interactive training, an individualized career development plan, and other opportunities for advancement. You will also have the potential to convert to a permanent position upon completing the program.


Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associate, bachelor’s, master’s, professional, doctorate, or vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have up to six years after degree completion to apply.

Visit DFC's page on USAJOBS to view current vacancies, learn about DFC offices, and review specific qualification requirements for each opportunity. 

Presidential Management Fellows

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is the government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced-degree candidates and holders. Created in 1977, the program attracts and selects from the best candidates to achieve its core mission: to develop a cadre of future government leaders from all segments of society. Eligible individuals apply to be selected as finalists. Finalists then have 12 months to secure an appointment as a Fellow—which entails a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship at a federal agency.  

The PMF Program creates a lasting bond among Fellows and alumni. Above all, it instills a spirit of public service that’s essential to successful government leadership. 


Individuals who have completed, within the past two years, a qualifying advanced degree (e.g., master’s or professional degree) or who will meet advanced-degree requirements by August 31 of the year following the annual application announcement.

An individual may apply for the PMF Program more than once if they meets the eligibility criteria. However, if an individual becomes a finalist and subsequently applies for the PMF Program during the next open announcement, the individual will forfeit their status as a finalist.

How to Apply

How to Apply

  • Visit DFC’s page on USAJOBS to view and apply to current openings.
  • To learn more about federal hiring opportunities for students, recent grads, or advanced-degree holders, visit USAJOBS/Students
  • If you have questions, email