Saint Louis University

Public Service Initiative


"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."      -Barack Obama, speech, February 5, 2008

Why Public Service?
Working as a public servant in the federal government is one way to continue service to others. You can make a difference in the lives of people. 

Read about why you should consider public service. 

PLUS-The federal government is hiring!

Where do you fit into the federal government?
The federal government offers internships, co-ops and jobs in a variety of different careers ranging from engineering to liberal arts. Learn more about the different federal careers available. 

Where should you look for an internship/co-op or full-time job?

The federal government offers several student employment programs like internships, co-ops, summer jobs and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about the various internship programs available within the federal government.

You can search for these positions at However, not all federal agencies are required to post their internships or co-ops on this site. With this in mind, it is important to also check out individual agency websites within your interests. 

Full-time jobs:
Federal employers post all full time positions on

Who can help you?
SLU Career Services can assist you with questions about the federal government application process. To make an appointment, please call 314-977-2828.

Helpful Resources:

Federal Government Agencies:

Identifying Federal Positions:

General Job Search Sites:

What are the benefits of working for the federal government?

  • Student loan repayment assistance - eligibility determined by individual agencies
  • Flexible schedule and generous vacation
  • Training and professional development
  • Competitive health and retirement benefits
  • Excellent advancement opportunities
  • You can make an impact immediately!

For more information on benefits, click HERE

What are the pieces of the federal government application?

Federal Resume:
Generally, employers request a resume and a cover letter from interested applicants. The federal government also requests applicants to submit a resume; however, the federal resume is a bit different than your typical resume. To learn more about how to craft a federal resume, click HERE

Cover Letter:
Just as you would when applying for jobs outside of the government, it is advisable to develop a cover letter individualized to each federal application. For more information on writing cover letters, click HERE

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Statements (KSAs):
KSAs are a set of questions used to identify if you are a good fit for the job based on the knowledge, skills and abilities that you will bring to the organization. This is a very important piece of the application and can determine whether you are selected for an interview. When writing your KSAs, be thorough with your answers to ensure you include all of the relevant information.

Employer Application:

For most jobs and internships/co-ops, you will apply through the on-line system. This is where you will complete the application.

Additional Information on the Application:
Most federal applications are completed on The application requirements for each position will differ. While some only ask for a resume and cover letter, others may require KSAs or an assessment questionnaire. The crucial element to remember is to follow all the directions as outlined in the position posting by the given deadline.

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