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Finding your dream job takes some work, but it can pay off in the end – in more ways than one. The resources on this page can help you learn about diverse internship and employment opportunities, your rights as a young worker, and the skills that will help you succeed in any job. 

With over 900 opportunities to choose from, the Virtual Student Foreign Service program can give you the chance to eIntern with the federal government, all without leaving your house! 

Announcements

Do you have dreams of working in a health profession but aren’t sure how to get there? Log on during Health Professions Week and you can get information straight from practitioners working in the... Read more »

Blog

After seeing a tweet from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Mel decided to apply for a USICH internship position, and six months later, she was moving to DC for the... Read more »

Federal Work-Study is a way for college students to earn money to pay for school through part-time, on- and off-campus jobs. However, not every school participates in the Federal Work-Study... Read more »

Internships

Getting an internship is the next step on your path to having the career you want. Access available internships in the federal government, tips on how to get an internship and how to make the most... Read more »

Are you interested in education policy? Do you want to improve your writing, research, communication, and time-management skills, all while making friends and exploring the nation’s capital?... Read more »

Want to get involved in government? Intern in the executive branch! Applications to intern at the White House are accepted every fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Job Opportunities

Build leadership skills, gain public policy experience, and learn more about the President’s initiative on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships as an intern with the Partnership Center. 

Do you want to be a forester, a firefighter, or a biologist? The Forest Service has plenty of opportunities for you.

Learn about internships and other career development opportunities in the Federal government for current students and recent graduates. Some pathways programs give graduate and undergraduate... Read more »

Registered Apprenticeship provides young workers with structured, on-the-job training in industries like construction, manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy,... Read more »

Programs

Learn more about career opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with the Student Conservation Association's National Park Service Academy! This opportunity provides young people with... Read more »

Learn more about  volunteer and employment opportunities for youth with the National Park Service that are designed to connect young people with their natural and cultural heritage.

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for students ages 16 through 24.

Publications

Job Corps graduates share how their participation in the program helped them overcome adversity and succeed in their own way

Communication. Teamwork. Problem-solving. These are all “soft skills” that you will need to develop as a young worker. These engaging, online activities can help you master these skills and be... Read more »

This informational booklet is targeted to workers ages 13 to 18 in non-farm industries. The booklet provides facts youth need to stay safe and healthy at work. The guide also informs young workers... Read more »

Resources

Reth, a son of South Sudan refugees, went from being afraid of nature to being a passionate advocate as an Arctic Youth Ambassador. Now he wants to change how we think about the outdoors.

CareerOneStop is the federal government’s website for information about your career, training, and job search. Discover what jobs might be a good fit for you and how to gain the work and... Read more »

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) helps talented college students and recent graduates with disabilities find summer or permanent jobs. Learn more... Read more »

Have you ever wondered why we pay taxes and where the money goes? This resource from the IRS explains the “hows” and “... Read more »

Tools & Guides

Figure out what it takes to become what you want to be in the future and how much you can expect to get paid depending on where you live. 

Learn the rules for paid vs. unpaid internships and learn about resources that you can check out if you are interning for free and believe you should be paid based on these criteria. 

Learn about one way youth and young adults with disabilities can follow through on their interest in a career with the Federal government.

Interested in conservationism and protecting the environment? This guide can help you follow your passions by exploring opportunities to pursue “green jobs” that promote sustainability. The guide... Read more »

Use this app at work to track your hours and make sure you are being paid correctly by your employer.

This tool from the CareerOneStop center provides opportunities for students to explore what their interests are, learn about potential careers, learn how to get job experience, and find... Read more »

This resource from the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides teens, educators, parents, and employers with information on young worker issues. Details... Read more »

Videos & Podcasts

Meet Kelly, a young mother who became a Certified Nursing Assistant with the help of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG). She discusses the challenges and rewards of HPOG and her... Read more »

Retirement sounds far away right now, but why wait to start planning? Setting up an online Social Security account lets you track your earnings and access information about your benefits. Check... Read more »

What’s your purpose? Nursing students from the Jacksonville Job Corps show you a day in the life of a nursing student and share what they love most about their program and future profession.

Kevin shares his plan for the future— including making the world a better place by protecting the environment — and how Job Corps has given him invaluable experience to apply to future aspirations... Read more »

Looking for an encouraging environment to earn your GED and find professional direction? Brittany, a young mother of two, shares how Job Corps helped restart her life by helping her earn a GED... Read more »

White House interns get to work with mayors and governors across the country, the First Lady, and even the Vice President! Watch previous interns reflect on their extraordinary experiences at the... Read more »

This podcast features a young person discussing her experience with the Homeless Youth Alliance in San Francisco after she ran away from home as a teenager, and how she became an outreach... Read more »

Websites

Brandon, a summer intern with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, describes his internship and how it influenced his personal and professional perspectives.

On the job hunt? Find Your Path connects you to multiple online resources that can help you find jobs and training opportunities. Use the website’s locator tool to find an American Job Center near... Read more »

Changing your career path may be easier than you think. Most skills you learn at one job are transferable to another. Find out which skills you need for that next job and which ones you already... Read more »

The third and final installment of the "Intern Chronicles" features information about what young people can do at the end of an internship to consolidate the skills they've learned and prepare for... Read more »

CODE.org is a new nonprofit created that promotes the teaching of computer coding in America’s schools and highlights the need for computer scientists and programmers in our society. A promotional... Read more »

Check out this student-based communication network that fosters idea sharing, innovation, and professional development for current and future student employees of the National Park Service (NPS... Read more »

This website provides resources that can help you find a job and build digital skills.

The Virtual Career Network helps people interested in the health care field to explore jobs, training programs, current job listings, financial aid, free online courses, and ways other experiences... Read more »

As a young worker, you have certain rights and responsibilities. This website can help you learn about your rights, the types of discrimination that young workers face, and what you can do to help... Read more »

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a wealth of knowledge and resources for young entrepreneurs that want to learn more about starting or growing their own business. Learn about... Read more »

Youth Voices

"My advice is to get involved with Year Up or a program like it."

"My goal is to...be the best role model that I can be for the tribe to show them that staying involved with the community is important for youth because it can have a major... Read more »

In a three-part series called “The Intern Chronicles,” the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth is following Craig, a resident-turned-intern at a... Read more »

The second installment of the “Intern Chronicles” series features an update on Craig, a youth with an internship at a transitional living program, as well as tips for young people on overcoming on... Read more »

Jimmy, a recent high school graduate, talks about the opportunities he has had as a result of his participation in the Summer Jobs+ program.