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Federal Jobs

Federal jobs, internships, and fellowships are posted in a variety of locations and require resumes specifically created for federal use. Learn more about why opportunities in federal employment may be of interest to you and what types of employment the federal government has to offer at:

Federal Job Search Considerations

Federal job search timelines and application processes differ from other types of job searches and applications. The federal hiring process is different than other sectors in the following ways: 

    • All job seekers go through a competitive process to assess their qualifications for the position.  
    • All federal job applications go through a manual review by a federal HR professional to determine which candidates are qualified for the position. 
    • The timeline for federal hiring is very different- the average time to hire is around 100 days. Jobseekers should keep this in mind and plan accordingly when applying to federal internships and jobs.  
    • Federal jobs require a unique resume with specific criteria.  
    • All federal employees must complete a background check or security clearance before beginning their job.  

  • USAJobs
  • Agency Websites (Not sure of what agencies to start with? Go Government’s Find the Right Federal Agency For You quiz is a great starting point!)
  • Agency Social Medial
    Sometimes an overlooked way to learn about agencies is by following them on social media. It’s a great way to learn more about government.*It is recommended that individuals interest in employment opportunities in intelligence DO NOT follow their social media accounts. 
  • Connect directly with agency of interest recruiters at career fairs, events, and LinkedIn or Handshake. Ask questions:
    1. How does your agency post jobs? How often? 
    2. What are the best opportunities for a student or recent graduate?  
    3. What makes a strong application for your agency? 
    4. Can I stay in touch with you about my application?  

When it comes to federal hiring and securing federal jobs, the system takes some patience and focus to navigate. However, the federal government has included special provisions for certain populations to streamline the hiring process. 


  • Federal Internship Finder
    The GoGovernment Federal Internship Finder, created by the Partnership for Public Service, will simplify your search for federal opportunities. The tool compiles publicly accessible information about professional and academic opportunities in government for students and recent graduates into one centralized place.
  • OPM Internship Finder
    This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Your resume is the primary way for you to communicate your education, skills, and experience to the federal agency that you are applying to. Federal resumes differ from industry resumes. Please visit the following resources to learn more.