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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 10, 2000
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FEDERAL CAREER INTERN PROGRAM
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, including sections 3301 and 3302 of
title 5, United States Code, and in order to provide for the recruitment
and selection of exceptional employees for careers in the public sector, it
is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. There is hereby constituted the Federal Career Intern
Program (Program). The purpose of the Program is to attract exceptional
men and women to the Federal workforce who have diverse professional
experiences, academic training, and competencies, and to prepare them for
careers in analyzing and implementing public programs. "Career Intern" is
a generic term, and agencies may use occupational titles as appropriate.
Sec. 2. The Program is another step in the Administration's effort to
recruit the highest caliber people to the Federal Government, develop their
professional abilities, and retain them in Federal -departments and
agencies. Cabinet secretaries and agency administrators should view the
Program as comple-mentary to existing programs that provide career
enhance-ment oppor-tunities for Federal employees, and departments and
agencies are encouraged to identify and make use of those programs, as well
as the new Program, to meet department and agency needs.
Sec. 3. (a) The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) shall develop
appropriate merit-based procedures for the recruitment, screening,
placement, and continuing career development of Career Interns.
(b) In developing those procedures, the OPM shall provide for such
actions as deemed appropriate to assure equal employment opportunity and
the application of appropriate veterans' preference criteria.
Sec. 4. (a) A successful candidate shall be appointed to a position
in Schedule B of the excepted service at the GS-5, 7, or 9 (and equivalent)
or other trainee level appropriate for the Program, unless otherwise
approved by the OPM. The appointment shall not exceed 2 years unless
extended by the Federal depart-ment or agency, with the concurrence of the
OPM, for up to 1 additional year.
(b) Tenure for a Career Intern shall be governed by the
following principles and policies:
(1) Assigned responsibilities shall be consistent with a Career
Intern's competencies and career interests, and the purposes
of the Program.
(2) Continuation in the Program shall be contingent upon
satisfactory performance by the Career Intern throughout the
(3) Except as provided in subsections (4) and (5) of this
section, service as a Career Intern confers no rights to
further Federal employment in either the competitive or
excepted service upon the expiration of the internship
(4) Competitive civil service status may be granted to a Career
Intern who satisfactorily completes the internship and meets
all other requirements prescribed by the OPM.
(5) Within an agency, an employee who formerly held a career or
career-conditional appointment immediately before entering
the Career Intern Program, and who fails to complete the
Career Intern Program for reasons unrelated to misconduct or
suitability, shall be placed in a career or
career-conditional position in the current agency at no
lower grade or pay than the one the employee left to accept
the position in the Career Intern Program.
Sec. 5. A Career Intern shall participate in a formal program of
training and job assignments to develop competencies that the OPM
identifies as core to the Program, and the employing agency identifies as
appropriate to the agency's mission and needs.
Sec. 6. The OPM shall prescribe such regulations as it determines
necessary to carry out the purpose of this order.
Sec. 7. The OPM shall provide oversight of the Program.
Sec. 8. Executive Order 12596 of May 7, 1987, is revoked.
Sec. 9. Judicial Review. This order is intended only to improve the
internal management of the executive branch. It does not create any right
or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable in law or equity, by a
party against the United States, its agencies, its officers or employees,
or any other person.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 6, 2000.
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