Federal Government Honors and Internship Programs (Career News, July 3, 2012 Edition)
Posted By Career Services Staff, Jul 10, 2012
Government Honors and Internship programs present a great opportunity for anyone considering a career with the federal government.
3L HONORS PROGRAMS: Graduate Honors programs are the primary method of securing an entry-level position with the federal government. Offered by dozens of agencies and spanning a variety of practice areas, application deadlines for the most competitive programs are in late summer and early fall. Applications are often accepted on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit, the better! (For example, the FDIC began accepting applications on June 1st. )Although these programs are competitive, the federal government is looking at leadership ability, communication skills, and personal maturity as well as writing and academic achievement. Most positions are located in Washington DC but there are opportunities nationwide.
2L SUMMER PROGRAMS: Similar to the Honors programs, the most competitive programs have late summer and early fall deadlines. Some, like the DOJ SLIP program, offer paid positions to law students during their 2L summer. To access an extensive list of federal government Honors and Internship programs, go to the University of Arizona’s Government Honors and Internship Handbook (contact Career Services for the username and password). The handbook is organized alphabetically by agency and by class year and application deadline. The NEW 2012-2013 Guide should be released later this month. Questions about government hiring should be directed to Kirsten Hill in the Career Services Office.