Student Exchange and Visitor Program

On Dec. 27, 2010, Executive Order 13562 - Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates established the Internship Program and Recent Graduates Program, which, along with the Presidential Management Fellows Program, are collectively known as the Pathways Programs.

Students and recent graduates are welcome at ICE. Consider joining a workforce that is full of unlimited possibilities and choices for your future-an organization that protects the lives of all Americans. There is a place for you at ICE.

ICE Pathways Programs

ICE Pathways Programs

On Dec. 27, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13562 - Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates. This Executive Order established the Internship Program and Recent Graduates Program, which, along with the Presidential Management Fellows Program, are collectively known as the Pathways Programs.

ICE also has a Student Volunteer Program. This program is not part of the Pathways Program, but provides volunteer opportunities for students. Learn more about our Student Volunteer Program.

Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is an unpaid student volunteer program for college students pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field. Originally created in April 2013, the program expanded to new DHS offices and locations in 2014, with over 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments available in over 60 locations across the country. Participating offices and Components in the program include U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations computer forensics labs, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer, and state and major urban area fusion centers. Student volunteers in the program gain invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to the work done by DHS cybersecurity professionals, and perform a broad range of duties in support of DHS’ cybersecurity mission.

Apply for the 2014 SHP Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative here.

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As the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE hires to fill a wide variety of positions that support its mission critical occupations. By clicking any of the tabs above, you can find additional information on these occupations that we typically recruit within a particular office.

ICE Pathways Programs Opportunities

The Office of the Director comprises several different offices including the Office of Public Affairs, Office of Congressional Relations, Office of Principal Legal Advisor, Office of Professional Responsibility, Office of Detention Policy and Planning, and the Office of State, Local and Tribal Coordination.

Common positions include:

  –  administrative officers;
  –  administrative technicians;
  –  attorneys;
  –  criminal investigators;
  –  legal assistants;
  –  librarians;
  –  management and program analysts;
  –  office automation assistants;
  –  program managers;
  –  public affairs specialists; and
  –  writer/editors.

ICE's Management and Administration includes professional managers and mission support staff who make ICE's mission possible. Management and Administration oversees ICE's budget, expenditures, accounting and finance, procurement, human resources and personnel, workforce recruitment, equal employment opportunity, information technology systems, facilities, property and equipment needs. In addition, Management and Administration identifies and tracks the agency's performance measurements.

Management and Administration (M&A) also ensures collaboration with internal stakeholders to increase diversity, guarantees timely responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and supports the agency’s training needs.

Common positions include:

  –  accountants;
  –  accounting technicians;
  –  administrative officers;
  –  auditors;
  –  contract specialists;
  –  engineers;
  –  equal employment opportunity assistants;
  –  equal employment opportunity specialists;
  –  equipment specialists;
  –  human resources specialists;
  –  human resources assistants;
  –  legal assistants;
  –  management and program analysts;
  –  paralegal specialists;
  –  supply technicians; and
  –  training specialists.

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) enforces the nation's immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the United States. This unit prioritizes the apprehension, arrest and removal of convicted criminals, those who pose a threat to national security, fugitives and recent border entrants. Individuals seeking asylum also work with ERO. ERO transports removable aliens from point-to-point, manages aliens in custody or in an alternative to detention program, provides access to legal resources and representatives of advocacy groups and removes individuals from the United States who have been ordered to be deported.

Comprising seven headquarters divisions and 24 field offices, ERO consists of approximately 7,800 employees and manages a budget of approximately $2.9 billion.

Common positions include:

  –  criminal investigators;
  –  electronic technicians;
  –  heavy equipment operators;
  –  intelligence research specialists;
  –  inventory management specialists;
  –  medical officers;
  –  medical records technicians;
  –  pipefitters;
  –  recreation specialists;
  –  radiologic technologists;
  –  statisticians;
  –  telecommunication specialists
  –  traffic management specialists;
  –  utility system repair operators;
  –  management and program analysts;
  –  detention and removal assistants;
  –  seized property specialists; and
  –  deportation officers.

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in ICE's mission. It is responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities, including the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.

HSI uses its legal authority to investigate cybercrime, export enforcement issues, financial crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, immigration crime and the smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband. HSI special agents also conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.

In addition to ICE's criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions.

HSI consists of more than 9,000 employees, of which approximately 6,600 are special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the United States and in 48 countries around the world.

Common positions include:

  –  criminal investigators;
  –  financial analysts;
  –  fingerprint technicians;
  –  intelligence research specialists;
  –  management and program analysts;
  –  photographers;
  –  physical scientists; and
  –  program managers.

How to apply for an ICE Pathways Programs Opportunity

ICE Pathways Programs provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to be considered for Federal employment. ICE will post Pathways Programs (Internship and Recent Graduate) opportunities on as they become available. We encourage you to periodically check for ICE Pathways Programs vacancies.

When searching for ICE Pathways Programs opportunities on USAJOBS, you should use keywords: ICE Pathways Programs, ICE Intern, or ICE Recent Graduate to narrow down your search. You can also visit the USAJOBS Student Jobs site that contains the current full listing of federal-wide internship and recent graduate opportunities. The listing can be found at: If you don’t see ICE Pathways Programs opportunities listed, we are not recruiting under Pathways Programs at that time.

Please note that ICE does not accept unsolicited resumes for Pathways Programs. To receive consideration, you must apply to a specific ICE Pathways Programs Job Opportunity announcement listed on

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Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program targets individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who are within two years of degree or certificate completion. Veterans who are unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligations can apply up to six years after completing their degree.

Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic one-year career development program.

After successful completion of program requirements, participants may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position or a term-appointment lasting one to four years.

Recent Graduates Program

Internship Program

The Internship Program replaced the Student Career Experience Program and Student Temporary Employment Program.

The Internship Program targets students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level.

Benefits include providing students with short or long-term internship opportunities, which allow for the exploration of a Federal career while being paid for the work performed.

Within 120 days of successful completion, some participants may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position or a term position lasting one to four years.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Office of Personnel Management manages the Presidential Management Fellows program and the annual selection process for program candidates. Bearing the presidential moniker, the program is an entry-level flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The program is designed to attract and select the best possible candidates with the goal of developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides resources and assistance to program participants during their first years of employment and encourages individuals to become effective leaders. The program creates a lasting bond, as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

Graduate students from any academic discipline who are expected to complete an advanced degree (master's, law, or doctoral degree) from a qualifying college or university by Aug. 31 of the current academic year are eligible to apply to the program.

Learn more about the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

Updated: 08/13/2021