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5 Steps to Getting a Government Internship

5 Steps to Getting a Government Internship

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Kyle Stone | GovCentral Editor

Determine Your Area of Interest

It’s simple logic, but it’s accurate: you won’t get an internship before you know which one you want.

In some ways, hunting for internships can be trickier than hunting for jobs. Internships are “excepted”, not “competitive” positions. What does this mean? Unlike a job search which allows you to search all agencies at once, you’ll need to search specific Government Agencies individually to look for internship opportunities.

Starting Your Hunt:

Here’s a quick list of activities you can do to reveal more about your areas of interest and start making choices:

● Make a list of agencies that are of interest to you.
● Go to each agency’s home page.
● Look for a link for employment, careers, students or interns.
● If you can’t find any of the above, use the search field to look for “student internships.”
● Read through descriptions of internship programs.
● Once you find a program you like, try putting the name of the program in the search field to find more information.
● Look for actual program announcements with dates, pay and instructions for how to apply.
● Bookmark these pages and write information down or print it out.
● Write a federal-style resume that covers the skills in the announcement.

The Bottom Line:

Yes, finding the good federal internship listings and descriptions with each agency can be time-consuming, but the time you spend is very worthwhile. Federal internships can pay well and include advancement and benefits.

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