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Local Government

  • City Management
  • Financial Administration
  • Budget Analysis
  • General Services
  • Community Affairs
  • Social Services
  • Urban Planning
  • Counties
  • Municipalities
  • Townships
  • School districts
  • Special districts
  • Learn local government job application procedures.
  • Develop a network of contacts.
  • Check statistics on growing communities for best opportunities.
  • Gain relevant experience through an internship or volunteer position.
  • Conduct applicable research that could be useful to your community.
  • Get involved in community organizations and events.

State Government

  • Administrative Services
  • Legislature
  • Judicial
  • Various departments of state government
  • Legislative agencies including:
    • Legislative Reference Services, Bill Drafting Services, Legislative Councils and Budgeting and Auditing staffs
  • State Supreme Courts
  • Personal staff of legislators
  • Intermediate Appellate Courts
  • Trial Courts of General Jurisdiction
  • Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction
  • Research the organization of your state government.
  • Develop specialized skills and interests for particular populations or issues, e.g. disability, education, homelessness, etc.
  • Develop strong research and writing skills.
  • Make political contacts through local legislators of both houses.
  • Volunteer to work on political campaigns.
  • Make contacts through referrals and informational interviews.
  • Plan to earn a law degree to qualify for some opportunities.

Federal Government

  • Professional
  • Administrative
  • Technical
Various federal departments and agencies
  • Obtain an internship in a federal agency or department. Often this is the best way to get a foot in the door for a permanent position.
  • Learn federal job application procedures and how to write a federal resume including your KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities).
  • Research various agencies and departments to discover which ones may be the best fit for your major and experience.
  • Conduct informational interviews with government employees.

Federal Government: Legislative Branch

  • Legislative Agencies
  • Legislature
    • Administrative Staff
      • Washington-based
      • Home District
      • Committee
  • Various agencies including:
    • General Accounting Office, Library of Congress, Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office
  • Offices of senators and representatives
  • Understand structure of Congress and various opportunities available.
  • Develop excellent research, writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Build a strong personal network.
  • Explore districts other than your own.

Federal Government: Judicial Branch

  • Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts
  • Supporting organizations
  • Some positions require law degree and bar certification.
  • Understand the structure and functions of the federal judiciary system.

Federal Government: Executive Branch

  • Office of the President
  • Management and Budget
  • Administration
  • Council of Economic Advisors
  • U.S. Trade Representatives
  • Executive Departments
  • Office of the President
  • Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor

Federal Government: Independent Agencies

 Independent Agencies include the following (not an exhaustive list):
  • Coordination and Public Safety
  • Emergency Response Policy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • General Services Administration
  • National Archives & Records Administration
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • U.S. Information Agency
  • U.S. International Development Cooperation
  • There are a large number of niche areas and specialized agencies within the federal government. Do extensive research in order to find the area that best matches your skills and interests.
  • Take courses or minor in applicable interest area(s).
  • Research applicable public service exams and hiring procedures.
  • Complete an internship in a related area.
  • Maintain a high grade point average to qualify for government employment.
  • Consider earning a graduate degree to prepare for the largest number of opportunities.


  • Administration
  • Development
  • Program Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Local and national nonprofit agencies and foundations
  • Charitable organizations
  • Trade or professional organizations
  • Research organizations and think tanks
  • Educational institutions
  • Participate in internships and/or volunteer activities for related experience.
  • Develop strong communication and leadership skills.
  • Become a member of relevant organizations and seek leadership roles.
  • Develop strong research skills and learn how to write grants.
  • Research the organizations’ values to find a good fit with yours. It is critical that you are knowledgeable about and care about the work you’re going to do.

Political Support/Lobbying

  • Political Action Committees (PAC)
  • Various industrial, educational, and public interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Lobbying organizations
  • Large business firms
  • Get involved with a political party/group and develop a personal network. The ability to develop networks, coalitions and alliances with other associations is highly valued.
  • Gain experience with government agencies or departments to help build relationships.
  • Develop excellent public relations, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Learn how to persuade and negotiate. Participate on a debate team.
  • Volunteer in organizations with similar interests and goals.


  • Human Resources
  • Budget Analysis
  • Management
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Management Consulting
  • Occupational Safety Coordination
  • Public Relations
  • Business firms
  • Contracting and consulting firms
  • Association management firms
  • Develop strong analytical, communication and technical skills.
  • Obtain related work experience in a business setting through internships and summer or part-time jobs.
  • Earn a minor in business.
  • Hone computer skills and learn software packages such as databases, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Get involved in student organizations and seek leadership roles.


  • Healthcare Administration
  • Policy Development and Analysis
  • Health Delivery Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Nursing homes
  • Social service and community agencies
  • Most positions will require graduate degree in public health or hospital administration.
  • Complete an internship in a healthcare environment to gain knowledge of the industry.
  • Learn to work well with different types of people.

International Affairs

  • Governance
  • Policy Making and Analysis
  • Public Sector Reform
  • Poverty-Reduction Strategy
  • Ethics and Anti-corruption
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law
  • Organization and Management Development
  • Resource Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Media/Communication Policy and Practice
  • Education
  • Intergovernmental agencies, e.g., World Bank, United Nations
  • National governments
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Policy and research organizations
  • Private businesses
  • Contracting and consulting firms
  • Obtain internships or volunteer in order to gain valuable experience in areas of interest.
  • Participate in overseas mission trips or spend a Semester at Sea.
  • Become familiar with national or international application procedures.
  • Research the history and culture of countries or geographic areas of interest.
  • Take steps towards obtaining work or study visas for various locations.
  • Become proficient in at least one foreign language.
  • Spend time studying or working abroad, especially working to make and maintain contacts in foreign countries.
  • Earn a double major or minor in order to gain additional skills or knowledge needed for various positions (i.e., Africana studies, Asian studies, business, psychology, sociology, etc.).
  • For higher level positions an advanced degree is necessary. Research different programs and the concentrations they offer in order to find the best fit for your interests.

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