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Federal Fellowships, Internships & Job Opportunities

The work that government employees do has an impact on the life of every American. You can play a vital role in addressing pressing issues, from homelessness to homeland security. With 1.8 million employees, the Federal government is the nation's largest employer, comprised of over 300 agencies with locations in all 50 states and around the world. Opportunities are available in practically every interest and skill area. Benefits of working for the Federal government include student loan repayment assistance, as well as, scholarship and fellowship programs that pay for undergraduate and graduate schooling.

The Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates offer three clear paths to beginning your Federal career:

Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Pathways Internship Program is open to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time in a variety of qualifying educational programs at the high-school through graduate/professional levels. Half-time status is determined by the educational institution. This Program provides students with paid opportunities to work and explore Federal careers while still in school.  Interns may be hired on a temporary basis for up to one year, may work full or part time, may have an individual development plan, and may be non-competitiviely converted to a permanent position if program requirements are met. Visit www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads for details.

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.  Visit www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships for details.

The Public Service Fellows Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to contribute to the Partnership’s mission while developing valuable professional skills.  Vist http://ourpublicservice.org/about-us/internship-program.php for details.

Opportunities for Graduating Students with Bachelor's Degrees

The Recent Graduates Program provides recent graduates opportunities to apply academic training and knowledge in a professional, Federal government job.  The program is open to applicants who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs within the preceding 2 years.  Some exceptions to the 2-year eligibility rule apply for certain veterans and individuals who completed qualifying educational programs after December 27, 2010, but before July 10, 2012.  Participants in the program receive mentorship, career development, and at least 40 hours of interactive training per year with opportunity for career advancement.  Participants may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position if program requirements are met.  Visit www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads for details.

In addition to the Recent Graduates Program, a vast array of entry-level opportunities exist for graduating students. Most of these opportunities can be found on www.usajobs.gov however, some Federal agencies only post announcements on their individual websites. Visit www.usa.gov for a complete list of all Federal deparments and agencies.  As the application and screening process can take some time, students are encouraged to begin applying 3-6 months in advance of graduation.

Opportunities for Graduating Students with Master's and Doctorate Degrees

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) is the Federal Government's premier leadership devlopment program for advanced degree candidates.  Applicants to the must have recently graduated from a qualifying educational institution, or, expect to complete their educational program by August 31st of the following year. The PMF Program is centrally administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Applications are taken in late summer or early fall. Those individuals who are selected as finalists have the opportunity to obtain a 2-year appointment as a PMF Fellow.  Fellows receive senior-level mentorship, development and at least 80 hours of interactive training per year, and upon successful completion of the program, may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position. Visit www.pmf.gov for details.

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