Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Federal Government Resources

The U.S. Federal Government is the largest employer in the country with approximately 2.7 million civilian employees who work both domestically and abroad. The Federal government hires under several authorities with the most common being the Competetive/Civil Service and the Excepted Service.

  • Competitive Service jobs and ALL Pathways internships are posted to USAJobs, which is managed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM serves as a human resources and regulatory resource that connects federal agencies. OPM is a great resource for understanding the characteristics of federal employment, processes, and tips for improved candidacy.
  • Excepted Service jobs and internships are often posted only to the agency's own website or hired through a special hiring authority.  This includes agencies as different as the Postal Service and the CIA. Though sometimes posted to, they are seldom hired through USAJobs.

State & Local Government Resources and Job Boards

Many La Follette graduates find employment opportunities within the State of Wisconsin, or other state and local government systems. Each state and locality has unique agencies, hiring processes, and benefits.  State and local government employment offers LFS graduates the chance to utilize their chosen policy expertise in a wide variety of policy areas with great local influence.

State & Local Employment Resources (all states)

State of Wisconsin Employment Resources