Are you a burgeoning policy wonk, politico, change agent, advocate, or public sector or nonprofit leader? Dreaming of being a diplomat, running for office, or founding a nonprofit? The Washington University in St. Louis Career Center has you covered. Join Amy Heath-Carpentier and Susan Craig, lecturers in international affairs and co-directors of the WashU Career Center's Government and Public Policy Work Group (GPP), to assess, explore, search, and launch a career in the complex and, too often, opaque world of government, policy, nonprofits, and advocacy.
In this episode, Amy and Susan share tips on handling offers for internships and jobs in government, policy, advocacy, nonprofits, and international affairs. Some resources you might consider using:
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) General Schedule (GS 7 is the rate most undergraduates will enter at while graduate students will enter at GS 9 for MA/MS/Law and GS 11 for PhD).
WashU Career Center's handout on Negotiation - Not specific to these fields, but a great introduction.
National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey: Note that this is not specific to GPP fields.
Pew Research: Facts about Pay Gaps
US Census QWI Explorer
LinkedIn: Profiles and Tips
Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Wondering how to get more out of the platform? You can mine it for much more than internship listings, but first you should be your profile in order. Amy and Susan provide tips and tricks to getting the most out of LinkedIn.
The Career Center has several resources on LinkedIn. Check out: Connecting with Alumni, Job Searching Using Social Media, Networking series on YouTube.
However, LinkedIn has a course on how to get started as a student as well!
Figuring Out and Charting Your Path in a Career in Government, Policy, Advocacy, Nonprofit, and International Affairs
How do you figure out your path when careers in government, policy, advocacy, and international affairs are remote and opaque, sometimes intentionally so? Season 2 of the GPP Podcast launches with this episode recorded at a workshop Amy gave on how to explore these career paths. While perhaps not as slick as our other podcasts, it's jam-packed with insights and is a great first step for anyone from a first year to an alum. Careers only make sense in retrospect, but take your first step toward a dynamic career by listening to and taking one action step from this episode.
From the outset, our mission at Government and Public Policy Work Group has been to increase knowledge about and access to internships and jobs in government, policy, advocacy, and international affairs. While most GPP employers do not recruit on college campuses like many other industries, our alumni network is a key partner in paving the way for WashU students to land internships and jobs in GPP fields. The Government and Public Policy Work Group at the Washington University in St. Louis Career Center leverages and connects students to WashU networks with aim of increasing transparency, accessibility, and diversity, one policy wonk and change agent at a time.
All About Interviews
Amy and Susan provide insight and skills to help you prepare for your interview and land that internship or job. Whether it's your first interview or your tenth, there is something here for you.
Some great resources from the Washington University in St. Louis Career Center:
Tips for Online InterviewsInterviewing SkillsBig InterviewFeedback? Ideas for episodes? Email us! We are podcasting for you so we'd love to hear from you. What's the toughest question you've been asked? What do you wish you'd known before you had your first interview?
Just for Parents!
Our 2021 grads asked us to produce an episode just for the parents, family, and friends of students interested in government, policy, advocacy, nonprofit, or international affairs. Amy and Susan explain what you need to know to best support your student!
All About Writing Samples
Many applications ask you to submit a writing sample with your resume and cover letter. What should you send? Amy and Susan discuss your options, how to interpret what the hiring manager is looking for, and how to prepare in advance so that you're ready.
Memo on Memos