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Your guide to finding a place in the federal government

Learn about internships, fellowships, and other paths into a government career after graduation.

Would you believe it if we told you that there’s a solid, time-tested employer out there with jobs for every type of person — from introverts to extroverts, early birds to night owls, philosophy majors to computer science students — and ample opportunity to make a positive impact? It’s true! But this employer isn’t some massive retail conglomerate or household name tech company: it’s the United States government.

Federal government job openings on Handshake have increased 22% in the past year, creating tons of new opportunities for today’s students and grads to lay the groundwork for fulfilling careers in the public sector. Government agencies offer sought-after job stability and more comprehensive benefits than many industries can provide, and the federal government is also at the forefront of groundbreaking development on a global scale when it comes to advancing technology like AI. Whether you want to break into “GovTech” or explore non-technical management positions where you can still make a big impact, you’ll want to watch our recent event about federal government career paths.

Jules Terpak, an independent digital culture reporter who frequently covers the future of work, facilitated a conversation about career opportunities in civil service. Our speakers discussed career paths across federal government agencies and how to make yourself a top applicant, particularly in high-demand areas like AI, cybersecurity, and more.

  • Caitlin Gandhi, Director and Co-Founder of the U.S. Digital Corps, explained what skills are the hottest among government agencies sourcing early talent through the USDC, and where she sees the most opportunities for today’s grads
  • Hannah Bonecutter, Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, busted the myth that you have to live in Washington D.C. to build a satisfying federal government career
  • Sangeetha “Sangi” Ranadeeve, IT Specialist for the C-SCRM PMO at the Cybersecurity Division in CISA, dug into the journey from the Partnership for Public Service's Cybersecurity Talent Initiative fellowship to full-time employment with her agency

Watch the full session below, and be sure to keep an eye on our upcoming events for more career advice from the pros!

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