Working for the Government

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.

NSEP Support

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,

For specific information, visit these parts of the OPM site:

The federal job classification and grading system:

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,

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 jobs.

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.