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Anyone have summer jobs for students?

This is the time of year when first-year students at the Kennedy School are busiest trying to find summer internships. They have spring break the week of March 23, and some will head down to Washington to look. I regard one of my roles as a faculty member to help students out finding jobs, particularly government jobs, so this year I want to use my blog to help. If any government readers of this blog have summer internships available – preferably paying! – and let me know by email (steve_kelman@harvard.edu), and I will publicize the information via email blast to my students from last semester.

Or, if any blog readers would like to make jobs known to other readers of this blog, just write a comment on this post. I don’t think I need to point out that these students are smart, motivated, and public-spirited. The most common interests they have are international development, national security, or homeland security, but there’s a wide range of interests. And, for the employer, internships are a great segue into permanent employment (something the private sector is better at understanding, in general, than the government).

Recently our career services office – that’s not what they’re called these days, but I can’t remember their new, less-intuitive name! – offered our second-year master’s students a chance to meet the 80 or so participants in our currently running executive education class (for GS-15’s and their military counterpart ranks) over lunch. As I understand it, far more students signed up than there were slots available, so participation was determined by lottery. And I understand that about 75 MPP2 students have applied for the Presidential Management Fellows program (formerly the Presidential Management Internship), an all-time record for the school. So there’s something to this idea about a window of opportunity for the government to hire people right now. Feds, take advantage of this opportunity by hiring smart kids and then giving them interesting jobs so you can retain them.

Posted by Steve Kelman on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM


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