The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Graduate Recruit Program is designed to attract a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants for a variety of positions that provide an opportunity to support the CRS mission of serving the Congress throughout the legislative process. Initial appointments are made for a period up to 120 days. Some initial appointments may be eligible for subsequent conversion to permanent appointments, contingent upon participants' performance and completion of all degree requirements, and upon availability of funding.
The program is open to: (1) students enrolled in, or graduating with an appropriate advanced degree from, accredited graduate institutions, and (2) Library of Congress staff who already possess a graduate degree. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements through education and/or experience for an initial appointment to at least the minimum grade level of the position or positions to which they are applying (see "General Education Requirements" below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Salary and Promotion Potential
Graduate Recruits may be hired at the GS-07 ($1,623 biweekly), GS-09 ($1,986 biweekly) or GS-11 ($2,403 biweekly) grade, based on the applicant's level of relevant education and the needs of the position. While specific education or degree requirements may be required in some cases, the general education requirements for all Graduate Recruit positions are outlined below. Some Graduate Recruit positions carry promotion potential to higher grade levels. Staff in these positions are eligible for promotion after one year in grade and demonstrated performance at the next highest grade.
General Education Requirements
GS-07 Grade Level
One full year of appropriate graduate education, OR one full year of specialized experience at the GS-05 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.
GS-09 Grade Level
Two full years of progressively higher appropriate graduate education leading to a master's degree, OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree, OR one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.
GS-11 Grade Level
Three full years of progressively higher appropriate graduate education leading to a Ph.D., OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR a J.D. or equivalent law degree, OR one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.
The following is a list of our current Graduate Recruit job opportunities:
To learn more about the Graduate Recruit Program, contact Nancy Warrick at [email protected] or (202) 707-6960.
CRS is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
Last Updated: 06/02/2020