Posted: March 25, 2024

The four-part series begins Tuesday, April 2nd.

Students and recent graduates are key participants in the future Federal workforce. To make a career in public service a reality, understanding the Federal employment process is vital. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Center for Federal Executive Board (FEB) Operations present the Federal Executive Board Campus Series 2024.

This four-session series is open to all students, recent graduates, and campus professionals (career services, faculty, Department Heads, etc.). The series explains the Federal application and hiring process to help students and recent graduates find internships and full-time jobs working in their career field and will help academic partners gain the information needed to help guide their students.

Session 1: Navigating USAJOBS (Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs)

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm ET

This overview covers key aspects of USAJOBS, the main online portal for Federal employment. The session includes how to create and manage a USAJOBS account/profile, tips on searching for Federal jobs, reviewing job announcements, applying for jobs, and how to follow up.

Session 2: Writing Your Résumé for Federal Jobs

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm ET

This session reviews unique aspects of writing a résumé that is specifically customized to apply for Federal jobs. Learn what information is required for a résumé that will make you more effective in the Federal hiring process. You will learn what to include, things to avoid, and what makes a résumé for Federal employment different from those used for private sector and other employment.

Session 3: Interviewing for Federal Jobs

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm ET

Participants will be equipped to prepare for and engage in successful interviews for Federal jobs. We will cover actions you should take prior to, on the day of, and after your interview. Also, you will learn about the kinds of interviewing methods used by Federal agencies, the types of questions that may be asked during the interview, and how best to respond.

Session 4: Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm ET

Participants will learn about the three Pathways Programs, i.e., the Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and Presidential Management Fellows Program. You will know the eligibility requirements for each Program, i.e., what is the same and what distinguishes the Programs from one another. You will learn how you can find and apply for positions under each of the Pathways Programs.

This event is brought to you by the Penn State Alumni Association. Registration is required. Learn more here.