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Internships (Pathways Programs)

OCC is looking for high-caliber, self-motivated students to begin their professional careers with an internship that offers challenging and meaningful assignments. Our interns make significant contributions to the OCC’s mission. We respect our interns and value their opinions.

The following lists the types of internships we offer, as well as descriptions of opportunities:

Our Legal Department also has law clerk opportunities that are not part of the Pathways Programs. Please click here for more information.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree—
    • In a qualifying education institution (defined here)
    • On a full-time or half-time basis.
  • In good academic standing with the school.


Qualifications and Type of Degree

For all internship programs, except the Summer Internship Program, we expect applicants to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree. The type of degree will depend on the position.

For the Summer Internship Program, persons seeking any type of degree (high school, associates, undergraduate, graduate, etc.) may apply.


Length of Internship

Opportunities may be temporary in nature, or ones that lead to conversion to a permanent (or in rare cases, term) position at the OCC.

To convert to a permanent or term position, an intern must:

  • Be in a position without an ending date;
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience during the internship experience at the OCC;
  • Successfully complete the internship;
  • Complete the degree or certificate requirements; and
  • Meet the qualification requirements of the position to which the intern will convert.


Application Process

OCC will post announcements on USAJOBS on an as-needed basis. To apply to one or more internships listed above, search for a job announcement posted on Use search criteria “Internship and OCC”. You may also click here.

Note: Applicants must have a USAJOBS account to apply for OCC internships.

For each announcement, applicants must submit a resume, an unofficial transcript (or proof of school enrollment on official stationary), and a DD-214 if claiming veterans’ preference. Directions on how to submit are explained in the announcement. If an applicant accepts an internship, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.


At the OCC, you’ll be part of an organization that is frequently listed among the best places to work in the federal government and provides competitive pay, generous benefits, and a terrific work-life balance. Come join us at the OCC!