Student employment panel: two takeaways

On Tuesday, October 26, the Career Center hosted a panel on student internships in the federal government. This panel — part of Federal Careers Week — featured AU alums from the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as a representative of the Bureau of Land Management.

Presenters offered a wealth of information on federal internship programs, the application process, security clearances and how to find internships in government. Here are two key takeaways from Tuesday’s panel:

  • Understand the difference between STEP and SCEP. One letter can make a world of difference. As I’ve written before, it’s important to know what STEP and SCEP mean and which program is right for you.
  • Look at agency websites to find internships in the federal government. As we also discussed in an earlier blog post, a search of USAJobs might yield some internship results, but your best bet is to also visit the websites of agencies you want to work for. This means that you need to create a targeted list of agencies and start looking for opportunities early.

Still have questions about federal internships? Book an appointment with your Career Advisor.

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