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Recruitment Policy Studio

Federal Section
Planning for Recruiting - Pathways
Pathways for students and recent graduates to federal careers The Pathways Programs consist of three excepted-service programs: an Internship Program, a Recent Graduates Program, and a reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. These programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. Specific information regarding the Pathways Programs can be found on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) website: and USAJOBS:

Pathways Programs Handbook -

The Pathways Programs Handbook provides practical guidance to Pathways Programs Officers (PPOs), human resources (HR) professionals and other agency employees who are responsible for the implementation and/or administration of the Programs. The three Programs include the Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.

Click here to down load the Pathways Programs Handbook.

Pathways Toolkit for Hiring Managers and Supervisors -

The toolkit is designed to:
  • Introduce you, the hiring manager and/or supervisor, to the Pathways Programs (Programs);
  • Help you to determine which of the three programs—the Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program or Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program—will best meet your hiring needs;
  • Show you how to recruit and hire a student or recent graduate through the Programs; and
  • Highlight your role in helping participants to fulfill the requirements of the Programs.

Click here to down load the Pathways Toolkit.

Pathways Programs Flexibilities Charts -

There are a number of Government-wide flexibilities within the existing Pathways regulations, outlined below, that can help you and your colleagues more effectively use the Pathways Programs (Programs), particularly the Recent Graduates Program. We encourage you to review your Pathways Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and agency-specific policies before using any of these strategies. Please consult your Pathways Programs Officer (PPO) or a human resources (HR) professional for further guidance.

Pathways Professional Development Series -

This instructor-led training provides technical assistance and guidance to Human Resources (HR) Specialists, Pathways Programs Officers (PPOs) and hiring officials. Click here for more information.

Want to compare the three Pathways Programs? Click here to download the Pathways Programs Matrix

Questions? Contact the student programs at


Click to access Pathways FAQ Page