Useful Websites for the Fields of Government & Politics
Majors that frequently find work in this career field are Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology.
Job and Internship Sites
BradTraverse.Com (Resource for anyone seeking a job on Capitol Hill and off the Hill in the fields of government relations, public policy and affairs, PR, communications, and political campaigns. $5 monthly fee.)
Federal Jobs Digest
Jobs in Washington, D.C.
Massachusetts Jobs with the Government (The official job site for the Commonwealth)
USAJOBS (The official job site of the United States federal government)
Student Jobs in Government
Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in Government (Congressional Research Service)
Resources to Guide Your Job or Internship Search
American Political Science Association - Professional organization for the study of political science, serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.
Best Places to Work - Designed to help a broad audience of job seekers, researchers, federal employees and government leaders. Ranks the 290 federal agencies along employee satisfaction and committment. Based on responses from more than 263,000 civil servants.
Making the Difference - Highlights news and information for college students and recent grads. Based on initiative to increase young talent working in the federal government.
Where the Jobs Are - The only comprehensive projection of hiring needs for critical occupations in the federal government.
Search Career Connection for political/government positions specifically for Stonehill Students.
Federal Job Search Tips
Applying for a federal job requires you to take a different approach and adhere to a different set of rules and techniques.
The federal resume looks different from most standard resumes.
- It often contains personal information such as your full name, mailing address with ZIP code, phone numbers, Social Security Number, country of citizenship, reinstatement eligibility and civilian grade.
- Include the job series you are applying for.
- You must give the telephone numbers of previous employers, position(s) you held, numbers of hours per week and salary, also indicate whether it is OK to contact listed employers.
- Write your educational qualifications in chronological order, starting from high school to college. Include the name and city of each institution, and the type and year of diploma/degree received.
If your education and/or experience does not exactly match the qualifications as advertised, you can still qualify by explicitly spelling out your previous experience and how it relates to the job at hand. Explain why you think the job qualifications are similar by giving concrete examples such as software used, etc.
Be prepared to write essays for federal jobs (these replaced the dreaded KSA as of November 1, 2010) .
- Essays should usually be between 1/2 to a full page.
- Use the same words and phrases found in the job description.
- 3-7 essays may be required for a single job.
View a Sample Federal Resume.