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Federal Internships Find and Apply for Summer 2011 October 20, 2010

Presenters Your Hosts:  Jennifer Close  Amanda Davis

Your Panelists:  Michael Mrozowski •

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 Julie Saad •

Office of Personnel Management

 Laura Williams •

Department of State

Housekeeping Items  We will open up the phone lines for questions at the end of the call. In the meantime, we encourage you to type questions into the Q&A box.  The recording of today’s presentation, as well as the accompanying handouts, will be emailed to all registered participants early next week. • This information will NOT be posted on Partnership Connect.

Handouts  Finding a Federal Internship  2010-11 Sample Internships  Resources Handout  Department of State Internships Guide

Agenda  Partnership for Public Service  Why Federal Internships?  Now What?  How to Apply

 Next Steps  Q&A

Partnership for Public Service  Nonpartisan and nonprofit organization  Good government starts with good people  Revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works

PROFILED: Real Federal Interns

Facts about Federal Internships  Excellent pay and benefits  High levels of responsibility  Valuable work experience  Ability to make a difference

 Flexible schedules  Training and professional development

 Opportunities to travel

Straight from the Source ď‚Ť What unique opportunities and experiences do students at your agency have as part of their internships? ď‚Ť What do you believe are the most important or best benefits associated with federal internships?

Now What?  Do your homework  Start your search

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Tip: Start your federal internship search during the early fall!

Start Your Search: Student Programs Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)  What: • Similar to a traditional internship • Summer or short-term experience

 Who: • Students in high school, college, vocational or graduate school

 More information: • Always paid • Length of the experience is set by the agency • Not required to be posted on

Start Your Search: Student Programs Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)  What: • A student works in an area related to what she or he is studying

 Who: • Undergraduate- or graduate-level students • An agency must form an agreement with the student’s institution

 More information: • Always paid • If a student works 640 hours, she or he may be eligible to be hired into an agency non-competitively • Not required to be posted on

Start Your Search: Resources  Use these resources to target agencies of interest: • •

• • • • Individual agency websites

Start Your Search: Resources  Third-party internship providers School-based “in Washington” programs The Washington Center Washington Semester Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) • Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) • • • •

Straight from the Source  What types of opportunities do you have available for students this summer?

 When is the deadline to apply?  Where do you post your internships?

Get Ready to Apply  Familiarize yourself with job vacancy announcements

 Build your federal résumé and update your nonfederal résumé  Prepare for assessments

Job Vacancy Announcements

Résumé Tips  Create an account on •

Store up to 5 federal résumés, each tailored to a different internship opportunity! Upload your non-federal résumé to the Saved Documents folder

 Carefully review the job vacancy announcement or position description •

Focus on the “duties” or “responsibilities” section, and customize your résumé accordingly by identifying and including key words and phrases

Federal and Non-Federal Résumés FEDERAL RESUMES


Prepare for Assessments

Application Questionnaires Essays (KSAs)

Cover Letters

Application Questionnaires  Length: 25-125+ questions  Type: Varies and can include yes/no questions as well as those meant to determine your level of experience in different areas  Tip: Preview questions using a link found in the job vacancy announcement

Federal Essays  What: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities essays (KSAs)  Length: ½ page to a full-page in length  Tips: Address key words and phrases mentioned in the position description, use rich and substantive examples, tie your personal experiences to each KSA, focus on outcomes to which you directly contributed, and avoid acronyms

Specifically address each KSA in your application, providing examples of how your experiences have prepared you for a role.

Straight from the Source  What do you look for in résumés?  Which assessment tools does your agency use?  What do you look for in cover letters?  What other advice do you have for students filling out federal internship applications?

Impact of Hiring Reform on Your Application  As per a memorandum issued by President Obama in May, agencies are required to implement the following changes by November 1, 2010: • • • •

Eliminate KSAs from the initial application process Allow individuals to apply with a résumé and cover letter Improve the quality and speed of hiring Notify applicants about their status during the process

 Visit for additional information

Next Steps  Stay on top of your application  Prepare for federal interviews  Navigate the security clearance process

Stay on Top of Your Application  • Track your status using the Application Manager

 Agency Websites • Contact the agency within two weeks after submitting your application to confirm its status

Prepare for Federal Interviews  To make the most of your federal interview, be sure to do the following: • • • •

Do your homework; Prepare answers to common questions in advance; Have questions ready to ask interviewers; and Dress the part.

 Bonus: Arrive early and demonstrate your passion for public service!

Security Clearances  Many internships will require security clearances  Begin gathering relevant information now • Check out the SF-85 and SF-86 to determine what you should be collecting

 Tip: Be honest!

Straight from the Source  How do you prefer that students follow up with your agency after submitting their applications?

 Do you have any advice for students that are preparing for federal interviews?  Do you have any recommendations for students going through the security clearance process?


Don’t forget …  Fill out our brief survey online!  Visit for more information about finding and applying for federal opportunities.  Still have questions? Email us at

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US! Good luck with your search.

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