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The Careers NOW Program offers students a combination of practical work experience and formal training. Students will be required to participate in mandatory briefings,tours and other government activities. Students will also complete written work assignments and group projects. Students may be assigned to work in several areas and most will work a regular schedule of 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday, up to 37.5 hours per week. However, appointments in certain departments may require part-time work with varying hours. All variations of the work schedule must be resolved by the Program Coordinator, student, and participating department prior to the start of the program. The spring program will consist of a 10-12 week working period, while the summer program consists of a 12-14 week working period.

If allowed by the participating college/university, the students will earn college credit and receive $10.68 hourly to be paid semi-monthly for their out-of-pocket living expenses. All payments are treated as taxable income and are subject to all applicable taxes. Also, the first two weeks of pay will be withheld until the end of the internship.
  1. Students in Tennessee public and private colleges and universities, or Tennessee residents who attend out of state colleges and universities
  2. Students who have completed at least 60 credit hours (Juniors) toward graduation, with a 3.0 (cumulative and in your major) GPA or above, and
  3. Students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible if they are enrolled in a college/university electing to participate.

Students are encouraged to apply early as juniors. Sophomores are also encouraged to apply for the summer session that will take place before they enter junior year in the fall. In addition, students applying for internships specifying "law" must have completed at least one year of law school unless other majors are listed. The major fields of study may include Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, English, Finance, Geosciences, History, Journalism, Law, Library Science, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Math, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Relations, Social Science, and related fields.

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Student Application Checklist

  1. State of Tennessee application
  2. Careers NOW application
  3. Current Resume
  4. Official transcript of all college/university course work
  5. Nomination questionnaire (completed by college/university Careers NOW Representative)
  6. Two (2) Appraisal questionnaires (completed by an advisor or professor)
  7. Student Uniform Policy Agreement form

**All packets should be reviewed by Careers NOW representative before being mailed. All material must be typed. Your application must be complete and delivered by the deadline. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant, and may not be reviewed if they are not received by the scheduled deadline date. **