Connect with federal and state agencies at events on and off campus. Review sample opportunities

Start applying for positions early in your undergraduate tenure. Review the hiring types:

BSOS majors have access to events and workshops to learn about the federal application process. 

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30 Fellowships in US Government for Recent Graduates and Young Professionals: If you are a recent graduate interested in serving in the United States government, these fellowships are for you! There are opportunities in a variety of departments and fields, including policy, science, technology, and international affairs. 

Use the resources below to research and identify agencies of interest based on their mission statement, mission critical hiring needs, area of work, populations they serve, etc. Create an agency target list by writing down all federal agencies that spark your interest.

Some agencies are exempt from posting positions on USAJOBS, so their positions will be publicized on their websites. 


Every federal agency completes their own background checks. If you have obtained a clearance in the past, it could improve your application, but it does not mean that the applicant will be automatically accepted. 

The Interim Security Clearance: If a hiring office requests an interim security clearance, an applicant may be granted an interim security clearance within a few weeks after submitting a complete security package. Final clearances usually are processed and adjudicated in less than 90 days. With an interim clearance, classified work can be performed but in a temporary capacity until a background investigation has been completed.