NNSA STUDENT PROGRAMS

Presented by Dameone Ferguson

Office of Human Capital Management
National Nuclear Security Administration

WHY NNSA INVESTS IN STUDENT PROGRAMS?
• To build NNSA's career and leadership pipeline with the best

and brightest nationwide • To attract exceptional, next-generation talent with the passion and vision to achieve a more peaceful and secure world • To support the mission enterprise-wide • To sustain our nation’s leadership position in global nuclear security

NNSA STUDENT PROGRAM OPTIONS

Combined Former FLP & NGFP Programs (administered by PNNL)

Minority Serving Institutions Program

Pilot Program

Former Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

Former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)

NNSA GRADUATE PROGRAM (NGP)
Eligibility
• Must be a US citizen and able to obtain and maintain a

US Department of Energy Security Clearance.

• Must either:
• Be enrolled in a graduate program at time of application OR

• Have completed a graduate degree program within 12

months prior to the application deadline (10/21/2012 or after).

• Final and current cumulative GPA must be at least 3.20

in the graduate degree program

Program Information
• One-year contractor positions (first class: June 2014 – June

2015)

• Program Administered by PNNL at the direction of NA-MB

NNSA RECENT GRADUATE PILOT PROGRAM (RGP)
Eligibility
• US Citizen • Completed an advanced degree or bachelors degree

with one year of specialized experience within 2 years of start date, or within the last 6 for veterans
• 2.0 or higher GPA • Vet’s preference applies in eligibility, interviews, and

hiring Appointments and conversion
• One-year appointments (first class: June 2014 – June

2015)
• May be noncompetitively converted (eligible, not

entitled) if performance warrants.
• Program offices must have available positions and

budget upon completion

LONG-TERM (YEAR-ROUND) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Eligibility
• Currently enrolled in school at any level (high

school through Ph.D.)
• Full or part time (at least 6 semester-credit hours)

• Veteran’s preference applies

Appointment and conversion
• Participants may be in the program up to 4 years

while enrolled in school
• May be noncompetitively converted at the time of

graduation

SHORT-TERM (SUMMER) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Eligibility
• Currently enrolled in school at any level (high school

through Ph.D.)
• Full or part time (at least 6 semester-credit hours)

• Veteran’s preference applies

Appointment and Conversion
• Students can be in the short-term program up to one

year
• May be noncompetitively converted

MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Purpose
• Increase educational opportunities for minority

students majoring in academic disciplines related to NNSA’s mission

Eligibility
• Enrolled at a participating Minority Serving Institution,

undergraduate through Ph.D.

Appointment
• Position types/locations based on needs assessment/

job descriptions
• Full time (10-week program) • May waive up to 320 working hours for participation

in a Federal Pathways Program

POINT OF CONTACT
Dameone Ferguson, Program Manager Pathways and Minority Programs Dameone.Ferguson@nnsa.doe.gov

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