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USCIS Student Volunteer Employment Program (SVEP)

The USCIS SVEP provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while in school. Whether you are a student who is looking to build your resume or your education program requires you to fulfill an internship requirement, USCIS will help you achieve your goal. USCIS Managers all around the nation are looking for students with varying interests and skill sets to help fulfill the mission of USCIS. Send in your resume today to be considered for potential positions all around the nation. To qualify each student must be a U.S. Citizen, 16 years of age, and enrolled in at least half-time academic or vocational and technical course load in an accredited educational institution.

How do I apply for my non-paid internship with USCIS?

Send an email to with your preferred location(s) in the subject line and your desired area(s) of
interest in the body of the email.

  • Ensure that your preferred location(s) are spelled exactly as they appear on this site in your email subject line and your area(s) of interest are spelled exactly as they appear on this site in the body of your email. This will ensure the appropriate USCIS Managers are aware of your interest.

What areas of interest can I choose from for my non-paid internship with USCIS?

Managers in USCIS are looking for students with the following interests. Please place all applicable interests in the body of your email exactly as they appear below.

  •  Accounting
  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Asylum
  • Budget Analysis
  • Business Operations
  • Communication
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Document Production
  • Economic Development
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Facilities/Space Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • Immigration
  • Information Technology
  • Intelligence
  • International Development
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Linguistics
  • Operations Research
  • Policy Development
  • Program Management/Analysis
  • Public Affairs/Engagement
  • Refugee Affairs
  • Security
  • Training Development
  • Web Content Analysis

What else should I include in my email to StudentVolunteer?

You should attach a copy of your resume as well as your school transcripts (unofficial or official is fine). Your transcripts verify your enrollment as a student. Please take the time to black out any personal information you do not want showing on your documents, including your social security number, etc.

What happens after I send in my email to StudentVolunteer?

USCIS managers will have 30 days to consider your submission. All emails are deleted 30 days after they are received. If you have not received any contact within 30 days of submitting your information, you will need to resend your email if you still want to be considered. If you are contacted for a volunteer opportunity, your hiring manager will guide you through the next steps that need to be taken.

Where are the available non-paid internship positions located within USCIS?

Availability of non-paid internships is dependent on the need of each individual location; there is no guarantee every location will have a need for volunteers. USCIS has offices in the locations listed below. Please place all the cities where you are willing to volunteer in the subject line of your email exactly as they are written below.

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