The webinar “Go Government: Landing your Dream Internship” took place on Feb. 8, 2012. The facilitator was career adviser Cassie Curry from Career Services. There were a decent number of attendees for an auditory webinar.
The two panel members, Chris Hogan and Jessica Wahl, were featured. Chris works for Homeland Security and Jessica works for the Department of the Interior. They talked about a variety of topics including how there are many different opportunities within federal jobs. Websites where you can go to find federal internships are USA.gov, makingthedifference.org and usajobs.gov.
There are also many third party internship providers such as agency websites, career development centers, career fairs, social media and personal networks.
Some facts about federal jobs are that they offer excellent pay and benefits, high levels of responsibility, valuable work experience, flexible schedules, training and professional development and great travel opportunities.
The panelists talked about the different bureaus and how there are internships for every major. Jessica said that the breadth of experience you get is great. Chris added that you get unique opportunities.
Some advice the panelists gave was to tailor your resume by using the job announcement, expand your experiences and make a master resume. Something interesting they mentioned was that federal agencies prefer if you wait until they contact you with a job opportunity rather than you contact them because they get many applications.
If you are interested in a federal internship, check out Titan Jobs, an online database with job postings and much more. And if you need help with tailoring your resume, make sure to make an appointment here at with a resource specialist at Career Services Ph: (920)424-2181