Introduction to Careers in the US Federal Government and the Federal Resume

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Nicole D. Park

“A good federal resume should clearly outline your key work, volunteer experiences, academic accomplishments as well as extra-curricular activities. It should also highlight the unique skills that set you apart and make you uniquely qualified for the position.”
— Department of Homeland Security Website

Getting Started in Politics, Advocacy, Government at the Local & National Levels

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Nicole D. Park

Local and state government offers students a great opportunity to see how agencies and legislation work on a smaller scale. For students passionate about their state or a particular issue, state politics is a wonderful place to get started! Below, I highlight a few ways to get involved in politics at the local (including at Wellesley!) and state level. In terms of gaining experience at the national level in US politics and policy, DC is the place to go. This document will address finding a range of internships in DC as well tips for networking. We’ll start with the three branches of government, briefly address other government agencies, move to international organizations, and finish with think tanks and nonprofits. For students interested in international affairs and government, intern and/or study abroad to demonstrate your regional expertise and intercultural communication and adaptability skills.   

Study Abroad: Government, International Affairs, Law, & Public Policy Careers

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Nicole D. Park

Students interested in careers in government, law, international affairs, and public policy are encouraged to focus on skill development and experience. This is especially important as employers, and graduate programs in this space continue to look for commitment to understanding these industries.  Below please find suggested study abroad experiences that help develop specific skills and experiences to help be competitive in these industries.

“Wellesley gave me confidence, support, advice, interview practice, and guidance in how I define myself professionally.”

"Sarah Ahmed [former Gov, Intl. Affairs and Law Advisor] has been an invaluable resource for securing an internship in DC, as a source of advice and a guiding light pointing me in the direction of opportunities."

“For students interested in advocacy or a cause, such as immigration or civil rights – roll up your sleeves and volunteer! Through volunteering, you will gain insight and professional contacts in your chosen field.”

Boren Awards (students)

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Kate Dailinger

Supports study abroad of less-commonly-taught languages in world regions critical to US interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. Study abroad programs of a year are preferred, but a spring plus summer can be a good option and summer programs will be considered for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Eligible for the Scholarship are Wellesley first years, sophomores, and juniors who are US citizens, and Wellesley seniors who are also applying for U.S.-based graduate programs might apply for the Fellowship. Campus application deadline typically in January.

Wellesley students should seek advice about appropriate study abroad programs from the Office of International Study, although the Fellowships office is happy to offer advice on Boren Scholarship applications.

Upcoming Event

Federal Hiring 360 for Veterans and the Military Community.

Wednesday, November 3rd 2021, 12:00 pm -
1:00 pm EDT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is providing the military community an overview of the federal employment process. We will discuss everything from resume writing (geared specifically towards translating military service to civilian life), the federal application process, special veteran hiring authorities, interviewing tips, and even advice on social media!

Upcoming Event

MIT Policy Hackathon

Friday, October 22nd 2021, 6:00 pm EDT -
Sunday, October 24th 2021, 6:00 pm EDT

MIT Policy Hackathon is a relatively new hackathon convened by MIT's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and MIT's Technology and Policy Program that aims to address relevant societal challenges via data and policy analysis. This hackathon allows participants to work in teams to develop creative policy solutions to problems posed by governmental and industry partners. Historically, hackathon participants have come from a wide range of backgrounds, from public policy to data science to engineering, and challenges have covered a diverse array of topics.

Oct 22, 2021

Govern for America Fellowship - direct application deadline

Eligible: rising seniors who are U.S. citizens and are able to commit to the two year program (no GPA or major requirement).

Postgraduate, Service

States are where we tackle our nation’s toughest issues. From education to health care to criminal justice and more, states are where Americans see their government in action. But today, state governments are in dire need of new perspectives, passionate people to get things done, and talented leaders with the ability to move our country forward. At Govern for America, we recruit, develop, and connect exceptional graduates to key roles in state governments across the nation through a two-year, paid fellowship. If you...

Feb 1, 2022

Capital Fellows Program - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: graduates with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher; must be 20 years old by September 1 of the fellowship year; must be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who can provide proof of appropriate immigration status. (The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas, nor any work permits requiring participation in the E-verify system.)

Postgraduate

The Center administers four fellowship programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs. These nationally recognized public policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.  Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

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Oct 29, 2021

U.S. Department of the Treasury International Affairs Junior Fellowship - direct application deadline

Eligible are U.S. citizens able to obtain and maintain a national security clearance, and who have a resume that demonstrates 52 weeks (2,080 hours) of paid or unpaid work, volunteer, or extracurricular experience relevant to the duties described. Strong candidates will have recently received – or will soon receive – a bachelor’s degree with relevant coursework in economics, public policy, finance, international relations, or related fields. IA is committed to attracting and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We recognize that different perspectives and experiences among our employees are workforce strengths and contribute to better policy-making.

Service, Postgraduate

The Junior Fellowship program is a highly selective, fixed two-year program for new college graduates to work shaping international economic policy for the United States in Treasury’s Office of International Affairs. Fellows have left the program to pursue a range of opportunities, including...

Dec 15, 2021

Davis Fellows for Peace - direct application deadline

Eligible: all current students and alumnae of any nationality.

International Student, Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Established in 2007, the Fellows for Peace awards cover tuition, room, and board for one summer in any of the 11 Middlebury Language Schools at any level of study. The award does not cover travel, books, or incidentals. The fellowships are highly competitive, merit-based awards available to all applicants. Find out more about former Fellows for Peace.

The 100 annual fellowships are intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas:...

Jan 21, 2022

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Peace and Reconciliation - direct application deadline

Eligible: candidates must have applied to the University for study in one of the outlined programmes by the relevant January deadline; must be issued with an offer for chosen programme by mid-February; must hold a 3.7 CGPA or above; must be a US citizen and must identify as female.

Research/Gradschool, Postgraduate

Queen's University Belfast will provide a full tuition-fee waiver to an exceptional female student from the USA who wishes to pursue study in a field related to politics, conflict transformation or human rights. The five MA programmes covered by the award will include LLM Human Rights LawMA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice; ...

Civil Engineer I at New Castle County Government.

New Castle County Government - Department of Land Use