The Industry

Are you looking for government internships or entry-level government jobs? The government is like the captain of a ship. It’s constantly making important decisions to keep society heading in the right direction. Government employees do everything from making sure the food we eat is safe, to guarding our national borders, to helping communities rebuild after natural disasters.

There are local, state, national, and international governments along with education employment options. The federal government is made up of legislative, judicial, and executive branches, with most federal employees working for agencies within the executive branch and more than half of those jobs within the armed services.

The Internship

You learn a lot in school about the world, but it's a whole new ballgame when you have to go out and find a job in government or politics. Give yourself an edge over your competition by experiencing a government internship.

Summer government internships are an especially good way to get your head out of the books and learn how government houses and politicians work to create the laws that govern our country. Interns get to engage with legislative bodies, political staffers, and others that share common political goals. Interns also are given the opportunity to demonstrate specific skills or focus their personal interests on a specific political project. These experiences give you extremely valuable insight into how governments work, how laws are formulated, and how you can tap into your potential. Government internship programs for political science are offered in most large cities and towns throughout the United States, with obvious focus around state capitals and Washington, D.C.

Your on-the-job training and mentoring will prepare you for positions at the local, state, and federal level. Use the opportunity to get familiar with common office software packages including Microsoft Word and Excel and any software or hardware common in your field.

The Career Options

The government employs people in hundreds of occupations. In the federal government alone, workers are employed in 350 occupations. Government employees have a broad range of education levels and experience. If you want to pursue a professional or technical job such as a political scientist, you’ll likely need a bachelor’s degree, which you could possibly earn with armed forces tuition assistance. For other occupations such as clerical, you’ll need a high school diploma.

The Outlook

Projected growth (or decline) rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for government jobs over the next decade vary widely depending on government sector and professional fields. For example, employment in state and local government is projected to grow by only 1.6%. Employment in the federal government is projected to experience the biggest decline of any sector in the economy with a negative 1.5%. This smaller (or negative) growth means that the internship is all the more important if you want to grab a spot in this industry after graduation.

Ready to get your career started? Search through our government internships below.


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