U.S Recent Graduates Program (RGP) 2023 Open Call

Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program (RGP) targets recent graduates of qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion. Veterans who, due to military service, were unable to apply for positions, will have up to two years from their release or discharge from active duty, not to exceed six years after degree and/or certificate completion. Successful applicants will be placed in a one-year career development program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Recent graduate within the previous two years (veterans precluded by their military service obligation will have up to six years)
  • You will be subject to random drug testing
  • Be able to receive and maintain Secret or Top Secret security clearance

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for RGP positions at the GS-07 level, you must satisfy one of the requirements described in A or B below:

A. EDUCATION — Have successfully completed one full year of post-secondary education (18 semester hours or the equivalent); or possess a bachelor’s degree that meets the provisions of Superior Academic Achievement. Specific coursework may be required depending on the career field. Any additional qualifications can be found on each Pathways opening on USAJOBS Student Jobs.


B. EXPERIENCE — You must demonstrate that you have experience (not necessarily job series related) not limited to the following competencies: (1) Attention to Detail (2) Customer Service (3) Oral Communication (4) Problem Solving AND possess at least one full year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or higher in the Federal Service.

Compensation and Benefits

While the government uses at least six different pay scales, the majority of Civil Service employees are paid using the GS (General Schedule) pay scale. The General Service pay scale for Civil Service employees features 15 pay grades, GS-1 (lowest) – GS-15 (highest) with 10 steps within each grade. You can visit the GS pay scale here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages. You can review our benefits at: https://careers.state.gov/benefits.Employees hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave.

How to Apply

A complete application must be submitted by 11:59PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration, or when the application cut-off limit has been reached, whichever happens first.* This includes submitting the online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section listed in the announcement. Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications well before the application deadline to ensure they receive consideration. Should candidates be missing any of the required documents or submit their application late, they will be disqualified for consideration of employment.

*There is a maximum number of applications for each vacancy announcement. The vacancy will close on the closing date listed in the announcement or when the maximum number of applications is received. The vacancy will close when the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same.

For more Information: Please visit The U.S Recent Graduates Program (RGP) 2023 Open Call