Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates


The Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) values the contributions made by students and recent graduates of all backgrounds. We continually benefit from a diverse workforce that includes students and recent graduates who infuse the workplace with their enthusiasm, talents, and unique perspectives. The Pathways Programs include three separate tiers, the Internship program, the Recent Graduates Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. CMS also uses the Student Volunteer Program to fill non-paid internship positions.  A full description of each program may be found below.

CMS Internship Opportunities - Paid Summer Intern Program 


The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. 

The 12-week internship is designed to enhance students' knowledge about CMS programs, mission, vision and goals; and seeks to familiarize participants about Federal, State, and local health care programs. 


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current students in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

CMS utilizes the Pathways Internship Program through our Annual Summer Intern Program.

The first round of summer intern vacancy announcements closed on January 14, 2022.

We may be posting additional summer intern vacancies in February 2022.  Please refer back to this website periodically for updates! 

After you Apply

To verify the status of your application after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:


Recent Graduates Program 

The Spring 2022 Recent Graduates Program vacancy announcement will be posted on USA Jobs from February - April 2022.  The tentative posting schedule is below, though dates are subject to change.  Please keep an eye on this page for updates to the schedule, and the direct links to the vacancies as they open!  Typically, Recent Graduate vacancy announcements are open for 5 business days. However, some announcements may include an applicant cut-off number; which means the vacancy would close at midnight on the day the cut-off number is reached, or the posted closing date, whichever is sooner.

  • Accountant - Estimated Opening Date 2/14/22
  • Management Analyst - Estimated Opening Date 2/22/22: Duties may include assisting with correspondence, briefing materials, responses to inquiries, and conducting studies to evaluate the effectiveness of administrative or operational policies.
  • Health Insurance Specialist - Estimated Opening Date 3/1/22: Duties may include reviewing and revising healthcare policies, analyzing data, conducting studies, and assisting team members with projects.
  • Contract Specialist - Estimated Opening Date 3/7/22
  • Social Science Research Analyst - Estimated Opening Date 3/21/22: Duties may include conducting studies or surveys, analyzing data, responding to inquiries, and assisting with development of program policies.
  • Budget/Finance - Estimated Opening Date 4/4/22: Duties may include providing guidance in the process of processing of accounting documents, formulating a variety of routine financial reports, and analysis of various accounting policies and regulations.
  • Product Development Specialist - Estimated Opening Date 4/11/22: Duties may include supporting IT activities such as maintaining, testing, and designing IT systems, and working with higher level staff to develop policies and procedures relative to new programs.
  • Other Positions as needed - TBD


The Recent Graduates Program affords participants developmental experiences at CMS intended to promote possible careers to individuals who have recently graduated within the previous two years from qualifying educational institutions. This one-year program is designed to provide an opportunity to those individuals who lack experience to participate in Federal government jobs, enabling them to develop on the job as they establish their career. Successful candidates are placed in a developmental program with the potential to lead to permanent employment at CMS.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position.
  • You must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must meet all program, qualification and education requirements.
  • You will be subject to a background and suitability investigation.
  • You must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement before starting employment.
  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree or certificate completion to apply.

How to Apply

Recruitment for the CMS Recent Graduates Program will take place through vacancy announcements posted on  When available, the announcements may be found by performing a keyword search of “CMS Recent Graduate” on the USA Jobs website.  A full description of the program, qualification, and application requirements will be found in the vacancy announcements, so please read carefully. Candidates must submit a complete application online through the appropriate vacancy announcement(s) for consideration by the closing date.  Pay close attention to the qualification requirements, as students who are nearing graduation may be eligible to apply.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry-level for advanced degree candidates. Created more than three decades ago, the program attracts and selects from among the best candidates and is designed to develop a cadre of potential Federal Government leaders. Here are some key provisions of the PMF Program.


  • Individuals who have completed within the past two years, a qualifying advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) or who will meet advanced degree requirements by August 31 of the year following the annual application announcement.
  • An individual may apply for the PMF Program more than once as long as he or she meets the eligibility criteria. However, if an individual becomes a Finalist and subsequently applies for the PMF Program during the next open announcement, the individual will forfeit his or her status as a Finalist.

How to Apply

Please visit for program information and application procedures.

Student Volunteer Program

The Student Volunteer Program provides for a supervised, structured educational program that integrates classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to the student’s academic majors or career goals.  This non-paid internship program allows students to gain first-hand knowledge and experience of theories taught in the classroom.


The student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a high school, vocational technical school, an accredited educational institution of higher learning (college/university), or a certificate program.

How to Apply

Students may send an email with a resume (including anticipated graduation date) and unofficial transcript to  The subject line of the email should read "CMS Student Volunteer Program", and the body of the email should include the preferred geographic location.  

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