Internships Summer 2011 Slides

of 34 /34
Federal Internships Find and Apply for Summer 2011 October 20, 2010

description

Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Transcript of Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Page 1: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Federal Internships

Find and Apply for Summer 2011

October 20, 2010

Page 2: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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

Page 3: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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.

Page 4: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Handouts

Finding a Federal Internship

2010-11 Sample Internships

Resources Handout

Department of State Internships Guide

Page 5: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Agenda

Partnership for Public Service

Why Federal Internships?

Now What?

How to Apply

Next Steps

Q&A

Page 6: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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

Page 7: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

PROFILED: Real Federal Interns

Page 8: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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

Page 9: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Straight from the Source

What unique opportunities and experiences do students at your agency have as part of their internships?

What do you believe are the most important or best benefits associated with federal internships?

Page 10: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Now What?

Do your homework

Start your search

Page 11: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Do Your Homework

Department Department Department Department Department Department

Independent Agencies and Government Corporations

Legislative

Executive

Judicial

Agency 1 Agency 2 Agency 3 Agency 4

Agency 1

Agency 2

Agency 3

Agency 4

Agency 1

Agency 2

Agency 3

Agency 4

Agency 1

Agency 2

Agency 3

Agency 4

Agency 1

Agency 2

Agency 3

Agency 4

Agency 1

Agency 2

Agency 3

Agency 4

Agency 1

Agency 2

Agency 3

Agency 4

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

Page 12: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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 USAJOBS.gov

Page 13: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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 USAJOBS.gov

Page 14: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Start Your Search: Resources

Use these resources to target agencies of interest:

• Makingthedifference.org

• Wherethejobsare.org

• Bestplacestowork.org

• USAJOBS.gov

• USA.gov

• Individual agency websites

Page 15: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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)

Page 16: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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?

Page 17: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Get Ready to Apply

Familiarize yourself with job vacancy announcements

Build your federal résumé and update your non-federal résumé

Prepare for assessments

Page 18: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Job Vacancy Announcements

Page 19: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Résumé Tips

Create an account on USAJOBS.gov

• 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

Page 20: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

FEDERAL RESUMES

NON-FEDERAL RESUMES

Federal and Non-Federal Résumés

Page 21: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Prepare for Assessments

Application Questionnaires

Essays (KSAs)

Cover Letters

Page 22: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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

Page 23: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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.

Page 24: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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?

Page 25: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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 opm.gov/hiringreform for additional information

Page 26: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Next Steps

Stay on top of your application

Prepare for federal interviews

Navigate the security clearance process

Page 27: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Stay on Top of Your Application

USAJOBS.gov

• Track your status using the Application Manager

Agency Websites

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

Page 28: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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!

Page 29: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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!

Page 30: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

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?

Page 31: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Questions?

Page 32: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

Don’t forget …

Fill out our brief survey online!

Visit makingthedifference.org for more information about finding and applying for federal opportunities.

Still have questions? Email us at [email protected].

Page 33: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!

Good luck with your search.

Page 34: Internships Summer 2011 Slides

makingthedifference.org