Category Archives: Search Tips

Tips on how to prepare for the job search

International Affairs within the US Government

While the search for international affairs jobs in the U.S. government often starts with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Defense, it doesn’t necessarily have to end there.  In 2013, the Robertson Foundation for Government, GovLoop, and the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA), published “Making an Impact_Guide to International Jobs in Government,” which provides details on the 50 federal agencies and offices that have international components.  If you are interested in working in the international arena for the US government, it behooves you to take a look.

Diplomacy and Development Organization

As parts of the United States government, the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have complicated organizational systems. Given the interlocking tasks and multiple hierarchical layers, it is important for those interested in working in the system to have a working knowledge of these organization structures as they consider their potential career path. Thus, we’ve prepared a quick guide to all of the major offices in both organizations for your use. Continue reading

Keys to Finding Internships

Remember that it is a marathon and not a sprint

Starting your search
Source: flickr.com

As many of you started looking for internships over the winter holidays, I thought that would like some more detailed advice on how to approach the internship search.  Since internships are increasingly seen as entrance points into the job market, this advice is also applicable to the professional market.  Continue reading

Rules for Washington

A Different Kind of Rules for Washington

Residence Act of 1790. Source: Library of Congress

Many of you will seek employment within the federal government structure within Washington, DC.  In an effort to prepare you for your work in that environment (or any similar political nerve center), I would like to share several Rules for Washington, written by Dr. Andrew Exum, formerly of the Center for New American Security.*

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