A career with the federal government can be exciting and rewarding,
but also challenging. The EHLS program gives participants the English
communication skills they need to succeed in the federal workplace.
The program also provides support for participants as they develop
their résumés, seek out appropriate job openings,
and apply for federal jobs.
EHLS Scholar Responsibilities
EHLS participants are responsible for seeking out and following
up on employment opportunities for themselves. Obtaining a government
job can be a time-consuming process. Federal agencies receive many
applications for each job opening, and applicants often must wait
several weeks to receive a response to their applications. In addition,
some federal positions require a security clearance, and obtaining
one can take a number of months. EHLS participants can use several
strategies to help themselves succeed in the job search process.
The NSEP service requirement states that each EHLS scholarship
recipient must first seek employment in the Department of Defense,
the Intelligence Community, the Department of State, and the Department
of Homeland Security. NSEP does not guarantee employment, but it
does provide several types of assistance to EHLS participants as
they carry out their job searches.
Information about Federal Employment
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides information about
different types of federal jobs on its Web site, www.opm.gov
For specific information, visit these parts of the OPM site:
The federal job classification and grading system: www.opm.gov/fedclass
Qualifications needed for different types of professional positions:
Federal salary levels for 2007 (the most recent year available):
Searching for a Federal Job
The main listing of available federal jobs is available on the
USA Jobs Web site, www.usajobs.opm.gov
In addition, these department-specific sites may be useful.
Department of Defense Job Search
DoD Job Search is the primary Web site for Department of Defense
Department of State Employment
The Department of State Web page has links for the civil service,
Foreign Service, and diplomatic security; international vacancy
announcements; student programs and internships; and more. An online
application is available on the site.
Department of Homeland Security Employment
This DHS site links to the employment Web sites of many of the
department’s constituent agencies. Some jobs are posted on
this Web site.
Intelligence Community Employment
The Intelligence Community includes 15 agencies that collect and
analyze intelligence. This site provides job postings, links to
career fairs, career questionnaires that match an applicant with
a job description, and more.