Applying to Government Internships and Jobs

  • Use Go Government website to get the overview of working in the federal government.

  • Narrow down your search. Select a GS grade level to make an easy match between your skills and the position. Federal Grade levels (GS):

GS-3 or GS-4: Typically internships or student jobs
GS-5 to GS-7: Most entry-level positions
GS-8 to GS-12: Mid-level positions
GS-13 to GS-15: Top-level supervisory positions

  • Create an account on USAJOBS to save job searches, apply to jobs, search and upload resumes.

  • Apply to positions for which you are qualified. You must meet the minimum requirements of the internship orjob, so only apply if you meet them all.

  • Complete the applications in full. Write full sentences, use proper grammar, include your references and writing samples. Anything not completed will prevent you from moving forward in the process. 

  • Create multiple resumes catered to each job.

  • Create and upload application materials.

  • Track your application and status.

Federal resume example