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Pathways Internship Program

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​The Pathways Internship Program allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development. All available VA Pathways Internship positions can be found through USAJOBS.gov (keyword: "Pathways"). For additional information on the Pathways programs, please see https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads.​​​

Eligibility Requirements

​Pathways Internships are open to current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. The Internship must be related to the Intern's academic career goals or field of study. For more information on eligibility requirements, please see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#intern.


​Qualifications will vary by specific career field. Please search USAJOBS.gov for specific career opportunities.

General Training & Development Experiences

Some Pathways Internships are eligible for conversion into full-time, permanent Federal careers upon their completion. If the Internship is eligible for conversion, the Intern must meet the following requirements:

  • Completing at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Completing your degree or certificate requirements
  • Meeting the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meeting agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
  • Performing your job successfully

Please contact the responsible hiring manager or HR official to find out if a particular Pathways Internship is eligible for conversion.

Application Process

​VA Pathways application information can be found by searching for available VA Pathways positions on USAJOBS.gov (keyword: “Pathways”).

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Program Information



Program Size:
There are currently 317 Pathways Interns.

Service Obligation:
To be eligible for a permanent Federal career, Interns must be on an eligible appointment (please consult your hiring manager or HR specialist to determine if your appointment is eligible), and must successfully complete the program’s requirements.

Current Career Fields:
All career fields are eligible for the Pathways Internship Program, but the internship must be related to the Intern's academic career goals or field of study.

After Program Completion

After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment.

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