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  1. Homeland Security Careers
  2. Students & Grads
  3. Recent Graduates

Recent Graduates

Just completed college, graduate school or military service and looking for a great career? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hiring!

Learn How to Apply. Click here. 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.

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.

Are you in college or a recent graduate and interested in a career in finance? If so, the Department of Homeland Security’s Financial Professionals Program (FPP) is for you!

The DHS Chief Financial Officer community has a unique opportunity for individuals to discover their niche in the Financial Management area. The FPP features four, 6-month rotations to various finance-related offices within the 14 DHS Chief Financial Officer agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

By applying for the FPP, you'll be enrolled in this DHS Chief Financial Officer two-year developmental program. This is a paid internship with the opportunity for promotions.

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.
Last Updated: 08/17/2022
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