Close Menu

About the Government Industry

Did you know that less than 7% of all permanent, full-time federal employees are under the age of 30, compared to more than 19.7% of all private sector employees?

One of the many benefits of federal service is the ability to make an impact through mission-driven work. Many students believe they need a political science degree or specific academic background to work in government, but that is not the case. With work available across all fields, students from any academic or professional background can find meaningful work in government.

Featured Resources

USA Jobs
Current Positions Available
Career Guides
Federal Resume Guide



Federal Hiring Timeline

The timeline for hiring for a position at the federal level is different than for many positions in the private sector. Be mindful of these differences when looking to apply for a position in the federal government.

  • The federal internship and job hiring process is typically longer than for other positions, taking an average of 100 days to complete
  • Many federal positions close before the posted closing date on, so make sure to submit your application early
  • Applications usually include an online application through, application review by the HR team, interviews, and background check process
  • If you haven’t received an update about your submitted application after 4 weeks, you can reach out to the point of contact listed on the job description to follow up on your application status
  • Visit for more information about the federal hiring process:


Federal Resume Tips and Resources

  • For federal positions, your resume is your application
  • Federal resumes are longer than standard resumes, typically multiple pages
  • Include all previous experience and skills and be as detailed and comprehensive as possible
  • Use language from the job description to show your qualifications


Vault Career Resources


Vault Career Guide to Government Jobs

Vault Career Guide to Park and Public Land Jobs

Vault Career Guide to Defense Jobs



Student Clubs & Organizations

  • Creighton Students Union
  • College of Arts and Sciences Student Senate
  • Heider Business Senate
  • Inter Residence Hall Government
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter
  • Model United Nations Club

Big Interview Resources

Big Interview is a virtual mock interview platform, allowing students to practice for an upcoming interview at any time. Big Interview has a library of pre-recorded interview questions across a large number of industries.

Candid Career

Candid Career hosts a collection of career interviews with professionals from across industry sharing their knowledge and insights into their career journey.