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Gateways Program

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In response to Executive Order 13562, the FAA developed the Gateways Program (initially referred to as FAA Pathways Program), which is similar to the Department of Transportation Pathways Program, but reflects the FAA's rules, regulations, and authorities. The Gateways Program consists of the Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and Presidential Management Fellows Program. 


Internship Program
The Internship Program is for current students who have been accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis. The Gateways internship replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The new Internship Program provides students in, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.

Recent Graduates Program
The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
The PMF Program provides leadership development for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants.


Diversity and Inclusion

FAA is committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilitiesFAA's mission of safe and efficient flight is one that affects all Americans. It is crucial that we grow and maintain a workforce featuring a variety of perspectives. More about diversity and inclusion

Last updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2022