Hire those federal interns

The National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision intended to improve the conversion of federal interns to full-time employees, reports Federal Times.

The measures were initially in a bill called the Federal Internship Improvement Act, sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). Key provisions of that bill became part of the NDAA  (H.R. 1540).

The law requires agencies appoint an internship coordinator to conduct exit interviews, and requires agencies to submit annual reports on interns and its program to the Office of Personnel Management. Partnership for Public Service in 2007 found the government hires only 6.6 percent of its interns as full-time workers, compared to the private sector hiring approximately half of its interns.

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Reader comments

Thu, Jan 5, 2012

I agree with test pilot. Also, just because a job is offered doesn't mean the intern will take it. Perhaps this low percentage is due to the fact the intern was exposed to what their work life might be like and therefore, turned down the job. I think this is more the reality of the situation.

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 testpilot DC

1. Government interns are a different model than interns in the private sector which dramatically skews the data. Our government high school summer interns are just wallflowers that we strive to onboard as community service to give them exposure to a business environment and encourage them to stay in school. It is nothing more than community service and we don’t get a lick of work out of them.
2. A 6.6% hiring conversion is not the fault of the government, but the inability for the intern to network on the inside of the organization where nepotism prevails.

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