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U.S. Marshals Service

Centralized Student Career Experience Program

CSCEP is a cooperative education program that prepares undergraduate students for Deputy U.S. Marshal (DUSM) positions.  It is a 16-week (640 hour) work-study program for college students pursuing degrees in criminal justice, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology, or social sciences with a concentration in one of the majors listed.  CSCEP allows students to apply classroom experience to the real world, and offers work experience in the public sector.  Students who successfully complete the program may be noncompetitively converted to a DUSM position.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be attending a college/university that has a CSCEP agreement with the USMS.  The list of participating schools is subject to change annually.  Students must also:

  • Be U.S. Citizens

  • Be at least 20 years of age

  • Be Juniors or Seniors

  • Be at least half-time students

  • Have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their major field of study and an overall GPA of 2.75

  • Have a valid driver's license and a good driving record

  • Successfully complete a structured interview

  • Successfully complete a full-field background investigation

  • Meet the USMS medical qualifications

  • Be in excellent physical condition and successfully pass the physical fitness test

Fitness Standards for Men
Fitness Standards for Women

  • Successfully complete the 16-week work experience before completing their degree requirements    

Recruiting and Pre-Employment Process

Each CSCEP college/university has a representative in the career services offices (or the like) or in the major department who serves as the liaison with the USMS CSCEP manager.  Students must contact that representative for additional CSCEP information and the application. Campus recruiting is generally held during the Fall and Spring semester of each academic year.

During campus recruiting: 

  • CSCEP informational seminars are conducted or classroom visits are made by USMS recruiters

  • Completed CSCEP applications are submitted to and reviewed by the college or university representative

  • The college/university representative submits completed applications to the USMS CSCEP manager

  • CSCEP manager reviews applications and contacts the college/university representative to schedule interviews for the eligible students

During the pre-employment process students must:

  • Successfully complete a structured interview

  • Successfully complete a full-field background investigation

  • Successfully complete the medical examination

  • Pass the physical fitness test

Upon successful completion of the pre-employment process, students work in a USMS district office anywhere in the United States for 16 weeks (full-time or part-time) at the GS-4 grade level.   

CSCEP 16-Week Work Experience

CSCEP is designed to provide a wide range of experience for potential entry level DUSMs.  It will enable students to become familiar with the position of DUSM and its associated administrative duties and responsibilities. 

Students will be exposed to or receive training in the following areas:

  • Court Support Section

  • Warrant Section

  • Criminal Section

  • Civil Section

  • Firearm familiarization

Students are required to submit monthly physical fitness test results, district progress reports and summary reports to the CSCEP manager.  Students are also evaluated by district management. 

At the end of the 16-week work experience, students who receive a favorable recommendation from district management, the Operational Review Panel, and complete their degree requirements may be noncompetitively converted to full-time permanent DUSM positions.  This conversion must occur within 120 days of the completion of their degree requirements.  After conversion, new DUSMs undergo 17- 2 weeks of training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Brunswick, Georgia.    

CSCEP Benefits and Compensation

  • GS-4 administrative salary  $26,506 to $30,853, depending on the geographic location

  • Health insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits

  • Annual and sick leave


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