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Government, Politics, and Public Service

Potential Employers

  • American Enterprise Institute - Policy, Public Opinion, Research, External Affairs, Politics, and Program positions
  • Obama for America - Internship positions
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - Analysis, Publications, and Language positions
  • Indiana State Senate - Internship Program positions
  • City of Indianapolis – Department of Code Enforcement - Property Inspector and Safety positions
  • United States House of Representatives - Congressional Internship positions
  • Lawrence County Solid Waste Management District - Internship positions
  • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park - Education Internships
  • State of Indiana - Historic Site Management positions
  • Institute of International Education, Office for Latin America - Internship positions
  • Legislative
  • Municipal
  • Congress
  • Senate
  • Constituent
  • Community Service
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Lobbying
  • Public Administration
  • Analyst
  • Advocacy
  • Planning
  • Development

Organization & Company Research Resources

When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.

IUB Library's Collection of Company Research Links

  • Describe a situation in which others within your organization depended on you.
  • Describe a situation when you positively influenced the actions of others in a desired direction.
  • Tell me about a job experience when you had to speak up and tell others what you thought or felt.
  • What kinds of experience do you have with public interest organizations?
  • What would the greatest drawback of this job be for you?
  • What community service project do you believe allowed you to make the greatest impact and how?
  • What have you done that shows initiative and creativity in reference to this job?
  • How do you keep up-to-date on current political issues?
  • Tell me about a time when your ethics were challenged. How did you handle the situation?

Insider Tips

  • Engage in your community through volunteer opportunities that can develop your leadership skills. Market that volunteer/community service on resume.
  • If you want to work in the international aspects of the government, travel as much as possible and expand your language skills.
  • Get to know USA Jobs inside and out.
  • Many federal and political jobs require a great deal of team involvement. Highlight specific teamwork examples in your resume and in interviews.
  • “Be the leaders that you’ve always wanted to see in your government. Be the leaders that the American people expect you to be. Don’t wait for others to create the next great government program or come up with the next great innovation, and don’t lose the spirit of service that brought you here in the first place.” –Tom Fox
  • Savvy leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are using social media to increase transparency, facilitate collaboration, share information, and solve problems in ways unimaginable a few years ago. Discuss your skills with specific social media sites.
  • Utilize the publication resources at Partnership for Public Service.

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