US Government Seeking College Students, Degree Holders
Peter Vogt | Monster.com Career Coach
The OPM isn’t alone in its marketing and recruitment efforts, despite the fact that some skeptics say the OPM’s prediction of an impending federal employee crisis is overblown. Indeed, the Partnership for Public Service has gone beyond studying the problem and is attempting to address it with two initiatives of its own:
• Call to Serve, a nationwide collaborative of more than 550 colleges and universities and 60 federal agencies, is aiming to educate college students about federal career options. Beginning this fall, students on participating campuses will see a new promotional campaign featuring posters, student newspaper advertisements and a new Web site through which they can communicate via email with several federal government employees.
• A Summer Intern Event features nationally known speakers who talk to college students about federal government careers. On July 26, 2006, some 2,000 interns from across the Washington, DC, area heard from Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert.
But if you’re a college student, you don’t necessarily need to wait for Uncle Sam to come calling. Instead, start exploring possibilities by:
• Learning more about Internship opportunities with government agencies
• Attending Federal Job Fairs
• Reading the Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job guide