Uncle Sam wants you
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Dec 14, 2000
Want to work for Uncle Sam? The Office of Personnel Management issued interim
regulations on Thursday that describe hiring and management procedures associated
with the new Federal Career Intern Program.
President Clinton in July established the governmentwide internship
program to attract "exceptional employees" to government work, develop their
professional abilities and retain them as long-term public servants. Current
federal employees looking to enhance their careers are also eligible.
Individuals hired into the program will occupy professional, administrative
or technical positions and will receive appointments for up to two years
at grades GS-5 through GS-9. Agencies will give the interns formal training
and career development opportunities, such as classes and rotational or
other job assignments.
After successfully completing the program, interns will be eligible
for a career or career- conditional position in government. Federal employees
who join the program within their agency, but do not complete it, will receive
a position that is at the same grade and pay as the one they had before
entering the intern program.
OPM would like comment on the regulations through Jan. 16.