Careers in the Federal Government


Job and Internship Listings Career Advice Additional Links

Job and Internship Listings

National/Comprehensive Websites:

USA Jobs - the U.S. federal government's official source for federal jobs and internships

Additional Student Opportunities on USA Jobs - fellowships, scholarships, internships, grants, apprenticeships, etc.

AmericaJob - private website with large database of public sector jobs

Avuecentral - a commercial site that manages recruitment, resumes and announcements for 14 government agencies

Federal Internship Websites for Current Students - compiled by Partnership for Public Service

Making the Difference Internship Directory - searchable collection of federal internships, posted by the Partnership for Public Service

Presidential Management Fellows Program - prestigious two-year program to prepare graduates of graduate programs for upper-level management positions in the federal government

Specific Federal Agencies:

A-Z Index of U.S. Government departments and agencies

Cabinet Departments (A list, with a brief description of what they do, and link to department web site)


White House internships

Intelligence and Defense

Central Intelligence Agency - student programs and job opportunities Department of Defense - civilian job and internship Listings Defense Intelligence Agency - student programs Department of Defense - student employment programs - employment in the intelligence community

National Security Agency - student programs

International Affairs

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Department of State (See also Pamela Harriman Fellowship and Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship)

U.S. International Trade Administration - unpaid internships


U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

Science, Environment, and Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - employment opportunities and fellowships for students and postdocs

Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leaders Program

Environmental Protection Agency - includes Environmental Careers Program (ECP) information (2 year placement)

National Institutes of Health: biomedical research jobs, internships and scholarships - internships and fellowships in science

Penn Programs and Resources:

Annenberg Washington Summer Internship Program

Penn Criminology internships list - government internships related to criminology compiled by the Penn Criminology Department

Penn Fels Public Sector Job Opportunities listserv

Penn in Washington - summer and semester intern program for CAS students

Career Advice

Career Services Resources:

Make an Impact Events - workshops and programs for students to learn about federal careers and meet feds

Government Channel on vimeo - video profiles of and advice from federal interns and Penn alumni

Careers in Government and Politics Panels - advice from Penn alumni working in government

Careers in Intelligence Panel (2009) - advice from Penn alumni working in intelligence agencies

Presidential Management Fellows Information Session (2010) - PowerPoint presentation on application process for Penn students

Public Health Careers in the Government Panel (2010) - advice from Penn alumni and public health feds

Applying for Jobs and Internships:

Application Checklist: How to Compile and Prepare Your Federal Application

Federal Job Interview - article from Washington Post

Federal Resume example - from Securities and Exchange Commission

Federal Resume tips - from National Institutes of Health

Find and Apply for Federal Internships - slides from a Partnership for Public Service webinar in 2011

Find and Apply for Federal Jobs Webinar - slides from a Partnership for Public Service webinar in 2011

KSA writing guide - resource guide from Making the Difference for undergraduate students

KSA resource from National Park Service and USDA - with examples of KSAs for graduate students

Exploring and Researching Opportunities:

Best Places to Work - report of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal agencies

Fedscope - federal employment data by agency, job, location

Federal Executive Board - locate federal agencies by city/region

Federal Jobs by College Major

Federal Careers by Field of Interest

Agriculture & Forestry Art & Design Biological Sciences
Business Communications Computer Science
Education Engineering Environmental Sciences
Foreign Languages International Relations Legal
Law Enforcement Math and Statistics Medical
Physical Sciences Social Sciences Social Work

Where the Jobs Are - projection of hiring needs for critical occupations in the federal government

Additional Links

Agency Selective Placement Coordinator Directory - Each federal agency has a selective placement coordinator who provides information to job seekers about unadvertised openings for people with disabilities and for veterans

Devex International development jobs and career advice from ADB, DFID, USAID, World Bank, United Nations and more.

GovLoop a social networking site of government people

Student Loan Repayment

*Please note, while these are a sampling of our favorite resources for both career exploration and job hunting, inclusion does not represent an endorsement by Career Services.

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