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Students & Recent Graduates

Jump-start your career with an exciting position at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). With training and mentorship, you’ll be on your way to a dynamic career.

In addition to our regular full-time entry-level positions, FMCSA participates in two Pathways programs designed to let young professionals explore federal careers. Announcements for both programs have specific requirements for education and will be posted, along with application instructions, on

Pathways Internship Program

The Pathways Internship Program provides students from high school through graduate level with opportunities to explore federal careers while still in school and get paid for the work performed. The program is open to current students in:

  • Accredited high schools or colleges (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges);
  • Professional, technical vocational, and trade schools;
  • Advanced degree programs; or
  • Other qualifying educational institutions pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

FMCSA may hire interns on a temporary basis for up to one year for an initial period, or for an indefinite period to complete their educational requirements. Interns may work either part- or full-time. 

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Pathways Recent Graduate Program

The Pathways Recent Graduate Program offers growth experiences with the potential for civil service employment for individuals who successfully complete program requirements. 

The program is open to recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degrees, due to military service obligations, may apply within two years of discharge or six years from the receipt of a degree, whichever comes first.

The program lasts for 1 year unless the position’s training requirements warrant a longer and more structured training program. 

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Application Tips

If you decide to apply for a Pathways Program, take a moment to review a few tips. The federal resume you’ll need, and the job application process are very different from business or non-profit job applications. 

>> Application Tips

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is an opportunity for students, to get real-life experience in public service working with the Department of Transportation.  The Program is put on in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Washington Center.  The program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and law school students who are U.S. Citizens and enrolled at degree-granting U.S. institutions of higher education for the Fall Semester.  

The Program lasts approximately 10 weeks and students are placed with Department of Transportation agencies in Washington, D.C., and across the country.  There are optional program opportunities such as field trips throughout the summer and it includes a stipend as well as fully-furnished housing if needed.