Because the President's new Pathways Program is slated to go into effect in July (http://www.opm.gov/hiringreform/pathways/), does this mean that the State Dept. will no longer be offering the SCEP program? If so, will all interns for the State Dept. now have the same eligibility to convert to permanent employment upon successfully completing all internship/Pathways requirements?
The regulations for the Pathways Program are expected to take effect on July 10th. The STEP and SCEP programs will no longer exist after that date. Under Pathways, the new program will be the Internship Program. Agencies have 6 months from July 10, 2012 to transition to the Pathways Program. The Department of State is coordinating its transition to the Pathways Program, as we speak. Interested individuals are encouraged to continue to monitor www.careers.state.gov and USAJOBS in the coming months to learn more about Department of State Pathways Program opportunities.
The Pathways Program Internship authority will allow for the non-competitive conversion for Pathways Interns to full-time jobs in certain circumstances. You are encouraged to visit OPM’s Hiring Reform site, and learn more about the possibilities under the Pathways Program.
The Department of State does manage an internship program (Summer, Spring, Fall Internship Program) which is not part of Pathways. These internship opportunities do not offer the opportunity for non-competitive conversion to civil service jobs. The Department of State is reviewing and will be making adjustments to this program to avoid any confusion with the Pathways Program.
So just to clarify, and I know things might still be up in the air right now, but there will be a separate "Pathways Internship Program?"
Will the Spring 2013 internship program (with the deadline of July 1) be included in the Pathways initiative or will applicants have to apply separately to a Pathways Internship Program? If so, will Pathways be up and running for the Spring 2013 semester?
The CURRENT student internship program will remain, but it will be retitled so as not to confuse it with the new Pathways initiative. Our current student internship program (which will be retitled) will not fall under Pathways. Therefore, the Spring 2013 student internship program (as it is now called) will not be included in the Pathways initiative.
Over the course of the next several months, the Department of State will post information on our careers.state.gov website about the Pathways program, what will be offered through the Department of State, etc. While we do not have precise details yet, please check the website frequently after July 10. The changes will be instituted over the course of the next six months.