Information on finding federal, state, and local government jobs, running for office and more state resources.
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.
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Federal job boards and hiring programs
Clearance Jobs (Already have a Secret or Top Secret Clearance? Go here to find federal contractors and others looking to hire you)
GovernmentJobs.com (This site is mostly a portal for city government agencies, but also lists Federal and State government employment listings organized by category and location)
OIG Jobs (Opportunities from the Council of Inspectors General)
IntelligenceCareers.gov (The homepage of the US Intelligence Community (IC) and the only place where several IC agencies post their opportunities (the rest post to their own agency pages). IC.gov also hosts a 2x/yearly virtual career fair)
AASPIRE (The City of Madison Affirmative Action Student Professionals In Residence summer internship offers underrepresented groups on-the-job experience with the City of Madison. This internship is specifically available to current college students and students who have graduated within the past two years. Opens in February)
SWSDIP (The State of Wisconsin Summer Diversity Internship Program provides students with valuable, paid work experience and training in various branches of state government over the summer break. Opens in December)
WiscJobs (The State of Wisconsin’s official employment site)
Wisconsin Division of Personnel Management (Oversees the state civil service system, negotiates state labor contracts, manages labor relations, and leads the state’s affirmative action and equal opportunity employment programs)
She Should Run (By identifying and tackling the barriers to elected leadership, She Should Run convinces women from all political leanings, ethnicities, sexual orientations and backgrounds to see themselves as future candidates)
Run to Win (From Emily’s List; recruiting and helping thousands of women run for office at the state and local level)