DHS offers talented new professionals flexible work schedules, student loan repayment, tuition reimbursement programs and more in a generous benefits package. All DHS career and hiring programs are compliant with the Pathways Programs — developmental programs directed by the Office of Personnel Management through an Executive Order and tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the federal workforce.
The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program). Here are some key provisions of the Recent Graduates Program.
This webpage only offers information on hiring programs at DHS. Additional entry-level job opportunities can be found on USAJOBS, the Federal government's official job site.
Secretary's Honors Program
The Secretary's Honors Program (SHP), announced by Secretary Napolitano in October 2012, is a new recruitment initiative for exceptional recent graduates. SHP offers professional development and training opportunities for talented entry-level people focused on DHS careers in cybersecurity, information technology, management, emergency management, policy and law.
Acquisition Professional Career Program
Acquisition Professional Career Program is an entry-level program for college graduates designed to develop future Department acquisition leaders for the more than $20 billion worth of goods and services annually in support of the Department's mission, the third largest procurement budget in the federal government.
Presidential Management Fellows
Presidential Management Fellows, designed for graduate-level students, this program aims to attract to the federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The PMF program is spans the entire federal government and is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
- Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, 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 as much as six years after degree completion to apply.