Security Clearance for summer federal agency district internship

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Security Clearance for summer federal agency district internship

Postby tapeerap » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:33 am

Does anyone know if a full gov't security clearance is required if doing a PI interest internship for the summer at a district office of a federal agency?

If it is, could anyone speak to the level (i.e., is it merely the lowest 'confidential' one)? I know some sort of background check is a given, but I wasn't sure if a temporary position at the district office of an agency that doesn't exactly handle top secret info would merit the more extensive 'secret' clearance.

I ask because I have a factor that would probably stretch out the timeline for a gov't security clearance by maybe a month, so I want to steer clear of applications for jobs I wouldn't be able to clear in time.
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Re: Security Clearance for summer federal agency district internship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:33 pm

Interned at the washington DC eeoc office (albeit, not in the field office, but in a different eeoc department) and didn't have to do anything related to clearance. Just a basic background check any employer would do.

Although keep in mind the Trump presidency will probably really mess with the commission and neuter it.

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Re: Security Clearance for summer federal agency district internship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:59 pm

I did a summer internship with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). They required a background check, but if I remember correctly is was a simple basic background check and they didn't even contact my references. It was a pretty low level of security I needed cleared for, basically just to be able to use a government lap top.

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Re: Security Clearance for summer federal agency district internship

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:05 pm

tapeerap wrote:Does anyone know if a full gov't security clearance is required if doing a PI interest internship for the summer at a district office of a federal agency?

If it is, could anyone speak to the level (i.e., is it merely the lowest 'confidential' one)? I know some sort of background check is a given, but I wasn't sure if a temporary position at the district office of an agency that doesn't exactly handle top secret info would merit the more extensive 'secret' clearance.

I ask because I have a factor that would probably stretch out the timeline for a gov't security clearance by maybe a month, so I want to steer clear of applications for jobs I wouldn't be able to clear in time.


It will depend on the agency (and the type of work you are doing, I'm sure). I summered with an agency and needed to obtain top secret clearance, which entailed the whole nine yards of jumping through hoops.



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