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Students who work for the United States Secret Service gain valuable experiences while contributing to one of the most elite law enforcement organizations in the world.

The Secret Service Student Volunteer Service Program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature and the structure of the U.S. Secret Service. The program provides unpaid, academic-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options while developing personal and professional skills. Participants must be currently enrolled in school and are expected to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least one semester, two quarters or summer session.

Eligibility Requirements:

Participants in the Student Volunteer Service Program must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to being considered/selected for the position.

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Be enrolled or accepted in an accredited educational institution (high school, technical school, college/university) during the upcoming semester or quarter
  • Maintain a satisfactory academic record of a 2.5 or better cumulative grade point average
  • Obtain an agreement from the academic institution to participate
  • Not be a son or daughter of a current Secret Service employee

Application Process:

Those interested in applying are encouraged to contact a Secret Service field office directly. A list of Secret Service field offices is available here. U.S. Secret Service Headquarters offices do not accept unsolicited applications for the Student Volunteer Service Program.

The following documents should be submitted:

  • Resume
  • Most recent transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or an acceptance/registration confirmation from the accredited educational institution.

Prior to acceptance, volunteers will be required to submit an agency agreement signed by a representative of the educational institution outlining the number of credit hours to be received, as well as the number of hours the student volunteer will be required to work.

Pay & Benefits

Students in this program are volunteers and therefore will not be paid and are not eligible to receive federally funded benefits. Volunteer service is for academic credit only. Students will not be allowed to work for experiential purposes.

Volunteer service is not creditable for annual or sick leave or any other employee benefits.

Background Investigation:

Volunteers will undergo a limited background investigation. A top secret clearance will not be issued.


A student volunteer is not a federal employee for any purpose other than injury compensation and law related to the Tort Claims Act under 5 U.S.C. 3111.

Work Schedules:

Work schedules should be determined by the office, the student and the educational institution.

Additional Information:

If you need further information regarding the Student Volunteer Service Program please contact the Student Programs Coordinator at 202-406-6420.

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