Industry Highlight: Government and Public Policy

If you’re interested in working for the federal government, it’s important to zero in on what type of work you’d like to do, and where you would fit best. Almost any job you can imagine can be found in the government from architects to zoologists, accountants to art curators. The government seeks a wide variety of talented and dedicated employees.

Government is also a great place to combine your skills with your interests. For example, you could use your interest in data analysis and in the environment by working as an accountant at the Environmental Protection Agency or your biology degree and interest in medicine to conduct medical research at the National Institutes of Health.

Public policy addresses the social, moral and economic values of society and involves courses of action, regulatory measures, laws and funding priorities. Public policy is commonly embodied in constitutions, legislative acts and judicial decisions. Policy positions can be found in Congress, conservation and industry organizations, scientific societies and federal agencies.

Geographically, public policy and government positions are typically located in Washington D.C.; however positions can also be found in every state. Most people think that all federal jobs are in D.C., but in fact 84% of federal jobs are outside of that area and more than 50,000 federal employees work abroad. There are also several levels of government to look at aside from federal including state, county, or local.

When it comes time to search for opportunities you should start applying 6-8 months before you want to work. Within two months of applying you should know whether you’ll be interviewed for the position. If the position requires a background check that can take 4-6 months or more. Deadlines for summer internships are usually in the fall.

Want to learn more about these opportunities? Check out Go Government for more information on finding your fit, pros and cons of government work, application tips, and more! If you want to take a look at what types of jobs and internships are out there, or start your search, USAJobs is a database for the federal government.

Some of our upcoming events for this industry area include:

Government and Nonprofit Expo, Networking Reception
February 20 & 21, Washington, D.C. RSVP via SpiderConnect

The Office of Alumni and Career Services invites all students interested in a career in the government and/or nonprofit sectors to register for the upcoming Government & Nonprofit Career Expo in Washington, D.C. that will take place on February 21. An optional networking reception with alumni will be held on the evening of Thursday, February 20. Students may choose to participate in either or both events.

To register, complete this MANDATORY survey by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14

Spider Road Trip: Visit to the VA General Assembly
February 25, 7:30 am – 1:00 pm (an earlier return shuttle will come back to campus at 10:45 am for students have to return for classes) RSVP via SpiderConnect

Spiders on this trip will have the opportunity to meet  with Speaker William J Howell, as well as UR alumni who work with the VA General Assembly as legislators, administrative aides, secretaries, and lobbyists. You will learn about careers in state politics as well as the unique aspects about the VA State government.

Students will have the opportunity to network with alumni in a breakfast reception, tour the Capitol and to sit in the House Gallery and be introduced as a group by the Speaker to the Representatives.


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