Careers in Government


Looking for an entry level job or internship in government? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

Government Careers

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Does the government fascinate you? If you haven’t thought about a career in government, maybe you should.

A career in government doesn’t necessarily mean working for the federal government, although that is a possibility. You can also work for your state or local government, for a government contractor, or with an organization that aims to improve government in some way.

You can work in just about any area you can think of, using almost any of the skills you’ve already acquired. To name a few areas, using the federal government as an example:

  • Math: United States Census Bureau, National Security Agency
  • Science: NASA, CDC
  • Literature: National Archives, Library of Congress
  • Foreign Languages: CIA, Department of State
  • Engineering: Government contracting, Department of Energy
  • Finance: IRS, Federal Reserve

Chances are you can find something that aligns to your interests. The application and interview process are long and challenging, and you’ll need a bachelor’s degree for many government positions. If you plan on working for the federal government you may also need to qualify for a security clearance.

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Border Patrol Agent
US Custom and Border Protection Ashburn, VA
Director of Government Capacity
Federation of American Scientists Washington, DC
Customer Service ( Remote work )
Path Arc Ashburn, VA
Government Affairs Compliance & Political Contributions Manager
Gateway Recruiting - Gateway to Global Careers - Contingent, Retained, Contract Recruiting Services Washington, DC
Data Entry Clerk Work From Home - Part-Time Focus Group Participants ($750/Week)
Apex Focus Group Ashburn, VA
Distribution Center Assistant
Loudoun County Public Schools Leesburg, VA
Facilities Manager
Nightwing Sterling, VA
PSE Mail Handler
Immediate Mailing Service Sterling, VA
Customer Service ( Remote work
Path Arc Ashburn, VA
Entry-Level Government Account Representative
carahsoft Reston, VA

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Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Government

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FierceMarkets - FierceMarkets is a Washington, DC based company that specializes in business-to-business media, publications, and marketing.

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City Hall Fellows - City Hall Fellows is a San Francisco, CA based non-profit that engages “diverse, talented young people in the work of cities.”

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U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress - The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress is a Washington, DC based non-profit that puts former members of Congress to work on important causes.

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Council of State Governments - Council of State Governments is a non-profit organizations that brings state governments together to learn from each other, and they're hiring.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - Fascinated by geography and navigation? A career with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency might be just what you're looking for.

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International Foundation for Electoral Systems - If you’re interested in the work that IFES is doing to promote democracy, then you need to check out their Career opportunities.

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Central Intelligence Agency - Today is a good day to be an American and a good day to think about career opportunities with the CIA that will allow you to serve your country.

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U.S. Agency for International Development - There is tons of information on the USAID website, so if you’re considering a career with them, spend a good amount of time learning about the agency.

See the complete U.S. Agency for International Development profile

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is "the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics."

See the complete U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics profile

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National League of Cities - Right now the National League of Cities has a few jobs posted including Sustainability Fellow and Member Relations Representative.

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Hyland Software - If you take a look at Hyland Software’s Job openings, you’ll see a number of opportunities that are appropriate for someone at the entry level.

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MITRE - MITRE, headquartered in headquarters in Bedford, MA and McLean, VA, is an “organization chartered to work in the public interest” & they're hiring!

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California Conservation Corps - The CCC is a government run program that “matches up California’s young people and its natural resources.” Every year they hire 3,300 corpsmembers.

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U.S. Department of Labor - If you're fascinated by employment and labor issues, then maybe you’ll want to check out jobs with the U.S. Department of Labor.

See the complete U.S. Department of Labor profile

National Archives - You can start learning about what it’s like to work at the National Archives by visiting their Careers page, and then you can check out their job listings.

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National Park Service - If you love Memorial Day as much as I do, then a job with the National Park Service might be something worth thinking about.

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing - If you don't believe the saying that "money can't make you happy," then you might be well suited for a job with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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NOAA - Right now NOAA has 63 jobs posted in fields ranging from Computer Science to Fisheries Biology and from Program Specialist to Service Hydrologist.

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United States Secret Service - The Secret Service took on protection of the President in 1902. The Protection Mission has grown quite a bit since, so it’s no big surprise that they're hiring.

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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has become much busier recently, so now is a great time to check out their entry level hiring program.

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Department of Veterans Affairs - Finding jobs with the Federal Government can be tough, but we’ll guide you through the process of finding opportunities with the Department of Veterans\' Affairs

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The museum is currently offering 2 jobs in the realm of entry-level—an Assistant Conservator and a Silberman Foundation ITS Research Scholar position.

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Federal Reserve Board - Based in Washington, D.C., the Federal Reserve Board oversees the 12 District Reserve Banks and would be a great if you'd like a career in the financial sector.

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NASA - Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NASA would be a great place to start a career if you're interested in aerospace (or have always wanted to be an astronaut).

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NORAD - NORAD's headquarters are built into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado in a way that makes it indestructible, which comes with the aerospace defense territory.

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US Forest Service - We're leaving the research to you because the United States Forest Service has way too many entry-level openings all over the U.S. for us to list.

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York - If you're drawn to finance by a love of economics, but fear the investment banking lifestyle, take a look Federal Reserve Bank of New York's job opportunities.

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