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Eligibility, Requirements and Duties

Requirements | Appointment Documentation | Location | Salary | Program Duration | Application Deadline | Encouraging Diversity | Duties and Responsibilities

Eligibility Requirements

Students appointed in the SCEP, STEP and SVEP must meet the following basic eligibility requirements

  • Be at least 16 years old;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, or national, or lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or otherwise authorized to be employed (as evidenced by documents proving citizenship)
    • Non-citizens may be appointed, provided that:
      • The student is lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent  
            resident or otherwise authorized to be employed; and
      • The Agency is authorized to pay aliens under the annual appropriations
            act ban and any Agency specific enabling and appropriations statutes.
  • Pursuing any of the following accredited educational programs at least half-time: High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma; Vocational/Technical certificate; Associate Degree; Baccalaureate Degree; Graduate Degree; or Professional Degree; and
  • Meet the OPM Qualification Standard for the series and grade of the position.

Appointment Documentation for SCEP, STEP and SVEP

Students must submit the following documentation to be considered for a student appointment under SVEP, SCEP and STEP:

  • Resume
  • Brief Narrative identifying specific ASPR area and program office of interest (include any relevant experience which relates to ASPR's Mission and Vision)
  • Evidence of good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Evidence of enrollment or accepted enrollment in a degree, diploma, or certificate program at an accredited school.  Official documentation to verify current or projected enrollment must be obtained from the school before the effective date of the appointment; and
  • Evidence of citizenship

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Internships and fellowships may be paid based on funding availability and program type.  To learn more about specific internship and fellowship programs, see Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

Program Duration

The internships are available throughout the academic year, including summer.  The minimum duration of these internships is 12 weeks and they can be extended according to availability and Program Office needs.  To learn more about specific internship and fellowship programs, see Internship and Fellowship Opportunities.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted year around for Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), Student Volunteer Employment Program (SVEP) and Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (CO-STEP).   The minimum tenure of these internships is 12 weeks and can be extended based on availability and Program Office needs.

The Emerging Leaders Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program have separate application processes.
Encouraging Diversity

In accordance with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity and in an effort to encourage and promote diversity, the Department of Health and Human Services encourages veterans, persons with disabilities, and minority students to apply for these student program positions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Our internship program is centered on a four-fold program, which includes:
  • Administrative, operational and/or technical work responsibilities
  • Mission briefings
  • Key skill building exercises
  • Educational tours and opportunities to network with other Federal government interns

Intern duties and responsibilities will vary according to office assignment  Interns may be assigned to any of the ASPR Program Offices.  While working with your program lead, you may be called upon to assist with a wide variety of projects, programs, and mission areas, such as:

  • Developing operational plans, analytical products, and training exercises to ensure the preparedness of ASPR, the Department, the Federal Government, or the public to respond to domestic or international public health and medical threats or emergencies.
  • Ensuring that ASPR has the systems, logistical support, and procedures necessary to coordinate the Department’s operational response to acts of terrorism and other public health and medical threats and emergencies.
  • Providing an integrated, systematic approach to the development and purchase of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies.
  • Coordinating the medical, scientific, research and public health aspects of emergency preparedness and response for ASPR.
  • Carrying out special scientific and public health oriented projects and work with others to support the establishment of activities, programs, and standards to protect the public from bioterrorism and naturally–occurring infectious disease threats.
  • Working with other nations and multilateral organizations in combating public health threats by establishing bilateral and multilateral international partnerships.
  • Developing short and long term policy and strategic objectives for ASPR and support the development and implementation of an integrated ASPR approach to policy, strategy, and long-term planning processes.
  • Providing analysis in the formulation and implementation of policies, procedures, and operational strategies that ensure efficient and effective allocation and utilization of program resources in support of ASPR’s mission.
  • Assist in formulating, monitoring, and evaluating ASPR budgets, plans, and other resources that support management of human capital, facilities, and acquisitions of program services.

  • This page last reviewed: May 13, 2013