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Pathways Recent Graduate Program

About the Bureau

We are at a critical moment in our nation. Americans’ financial lives have suffered tremendously as a result of the pandemic, the associated economic dislocation, and ongoing racial inequity. These challenges are most acute for the most economically vulnerable Americans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created for moments like this. Born out of the Great Recession, the CFPB was forged in crisis to vigorously protect America’s consumers. Our mission is to regulate the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws, to enforce federal consumer financial law fairly and consistently, and to educate and empower consumers making financial decisions. Diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences are critical in carrying out our mission because to serve the interests of American consumers, we need to understand their varying perspectives and interests.

The CFPB has rulemaking, supervisory, and independent litigating authority, and its jurisdiction includes certain aspects of mortgage lending, credit reporting, auto lending, small-dollar lending, debt collection, student lending, and consumer bank accounts, among other consumer financial areas.

The Pathways Recent Graduate Program

Are you a recent college graduate looking to begin a career in public service? Then look no further than the Recent Graduate Program at CFPB! The Recent Graduate Program affords entry-level work experiences in the Federal Government, as well as the opportunity to begin a career in civil service upon successful completion of the program. Upon acceptance into the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, you will be placed in a one-year dynamic developmental program.

Recent Grads receive on the job training in the technical aspects of the organization’s work, as well as mentoring, networking, and opportunities to learn more about how we help empower the American consumer to make smart financial decisions. CFPB offers opportunities for Recent Graduates in offices across the Bureau.

Explore these opportunities and join the team the team today!

To Apply

We want our agency’s workforce to reflect the diversity of the American public. Our work will be most effective when we are able to incorporate a broad range of perspectives. We are, therefore, particularly interested in hearing from a diverse set of candidates with a range of personal and professional experiences.

Applications are accepted through individual recent graduate announcements onUSAJobs.

Click “Apply” on the job announcement that interests you, attach your relevant documentation (read each announcement carefully as to what you are required to provide), complete the questionnaire, and click submit!

To receive email notifications of when new CFPB Recent Graduate opportunities are posted, set up a saved search , with keyword “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”.

Candidate Evaluation

Applicants will be evaluated for program eligibility based on required submissions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants may be asked to complete additional screening processes, including interviews. Veterans’ preference will be applied as appropriate.

Program Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, an applicant must:

(1) Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

(2) Be a Recent Graduate who has completed, within the prior two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

(3) If a Veteran is unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

(4) Transcripts are required. Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of application.

(5) Have the ability to obtain and maintain a background investigation.

Information Sessions

CFPB will host information sessions about the Pathways Recent Graduate Program and the application process, including a question-and-answer period conducted via Microsoft Teams. You should confirm you are able to access to Microsoft Teams through your web browser or by downloading the application in advance of the webinar start time.  Check back soon for upcoming dates and times and join us to in learning more about CFPB and our opportunities for recent graduates!

If you have additional questions or would like to be added to our email list to be notified of any upcoming opportunities, please email


Pathways Programs on USAJobs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to create and maintain a vibrant and diverse workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.