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Career Development Center

Careers with the Government

Want to make a difference with your career?

Consider applying for jobs within the federal government, serve your country, and make a difference. Federal careers provide a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity for growth, advancement, and challenge. There are many opportunities within the federal government, no matter what your major or career aspiration may be. Through this page the Career and Internship Center provides many tools and resources for searching and applying for federal careers.

The Student Programs Guide is a great introduction to internship and entry-level programs to help give you ideas about how to get your foot in the door.

USA Jobs and studentjobs.gov are where most federal government job and internship opportunities are listed. USA Jobs is similar to an online job search website where you can search jobs based on location, pay grade, title, and functional area. Download a tip sheet to help you navigate USAJOBS.gov and Studentjobs.gov.

For an A-to-Z index of all federal departments and agencies, visit USA.gov.

Making the Difference is a site for students created by the Partnership for Public Service. Here you will find information on various career opportunities by major, field and agency. This site breaks down government jobs and internships into understandable terms and gives tips on how to search and apply.

Where the Jobs Are is organized by the Partnership for Public Service, educating the public on where hiring needs are expected in the next two years. This breaks down hiring numbers by career field and also by agency. 

Best Places to Work is a comprehensive ranking of federal government organizations, drawing on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Human Capital Survey of more than 150,000 executive branch employees. Rankings are helpful to job-seekers as a resource to find the best fit for opportunities and research.

Security Clearances
Since the typical deadline and application period for summer internships and jobs that require security clearances is in November, students and graduates need to apply early. Download a PDF with helpful tips on Security Clearances.

KSA Writing
One of the biggest and most confusing challenges facing federal jobseekers is how to ace the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) section of the standard federal job application. This worksheet is designed to help students through the process, step-by-step.

Student Quick Guides

These pages are targeted to students interested in these particular fields, giving you an in-depth look at careers, internships, and facts about your major or field of choice in the government.

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