Monday, July 6, 2009

Civil Service Internships Bring Benefits to the Federal Government

/PRNewswire/ -- As the nation's college students search for career opportunities in today's increasingly competitive job market, many are shifting their interest from Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. A recent survey conducted by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) found 69 percent of students are more inclined to choose a career in public service.

This drastic increase creates a number of benefits for Federal Government agencies.

"With baby boomers getting ready to retire from government service, agencies can utilize internships to eliminate 'brain drain' and fill vacant positions with qualified, trained personnel," said Jennifer Clinton, Chief Operating Officer of TWC. "Plus, interns bring new ideas, technological skills, and many can be hired for full-time positions directly through the Student Career Employment Program."

As one of the largest internship and education organizations in the United States, TWC placed more than 800 interns at hundreds of companies, non-profits and government agencies in the DC area this summer. As the unemployment rate rises, so does interest in internships with TWC, climbing more than 20 percent with the greatest rise at Federal agencies.

"It is very encouraging that this generation wants to work in government to help solve our country's tough economic challenges", said Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

"In essence, they want to get involved because they can make a difference," added Mineta. "And, there has never been a better time for the government to show this generation all that it has to offer."

TWC offers students and agencies an exceptional experience by providing the infrastructure necessary for a successful internship. Not only does TWC provide housing, academic classes, and a series of career seminars, it educates the students on what will be required of them at their current position.

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