With Liberty and Internships for All

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Well, after a bit of a break from blogging, I am back to it. One of my many summer projects is to review what I’ve done with the UW-W Student Internships Blog since starting it last fall. I’m excited for the blog to grow and evolve over this upcoming academic year!

Even though it is July, it’s not too early to be thinking about future internship opportunities, whether that be for the coming fall semester or next summer. Since we just celebrated Independence Day, I thought I would highlight some resources for finding internships with the government. Even through our current economic downturn, government has still been hiring. There are lots of great opportunities in the public sector for all areas of interest.

One excellent resource for identifying internships with the federal government is the website Making the Difference. You can find out more about the types of federal jobs that exist and learn more about the benefits of working for Uncle Sam. They also provide a lot of useful information specifically on internships.

In addition to a federal internship directory, you can learn about internship programs that place students with federal agencies. UW-Whitewater has relationships with The Washington Center and the Workforce Recruitment Program, two such programs.

Keep in mind that federal internship opportunities are not exclusive to the Washington, D.C. area. There are opportunities available throughout the country.

If you want more of a guarantee that you would stay local with a government internship, check out the State of Wisconsin. There is the TOPJobs Summer Internship Program, which offers summer opportunities to college racial/ethnic minorities, females, and students with disabilities. While many state agencies work with the TOPJobs Program, individual agencies may also offer internships outside of it. Contact individual agencies to find out about possible internships (some information can also be found here). There is also Governor Jim Doyle’s Internship Program

These are just a few ways you can connect with our government as an intern. Career Counselor Kathy Craney is our resident federal jobs specialist. Kathy is happy to talk with students interested in exploring opportunities with the federal government.


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