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Current Interns

Welcome to the Federal government!

We are excited to help you begin your public-service journey. Our mission is to serve the American people, and as a Federal intern, you are an essential part of that mission. Your dedication and hard work will help to ensure that our government is able to provide critical services, protect the rights and freedoms of citizens, and promote the health and wellbeing of our nation.

Whether you work in policy, administration, technology, or any other area of government, your contributions are important and valued. Public service is a noble calling, and we are glad to have you join us in this vital work.

To help you thrive in your new role, we have filled this page with resources and tools we think you will find useful as a new government employee. Access meaningful training programs, learn more about our mentoring and coaching, register for fun events, and explore other developmental opportunities available to you as a Federal intern.

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OPM Internship Experience Program 2024 Summer Calendar

July 2024

  • Networking Event at the National Mall!

    |5-6:45 PM ET

    If you’re in the DC area, join us for a fun networking event at the National Mall! This is a great opportunity to have fun and connect with interns from across the government. Bring your own blanket. We can’t wait to see you there! More details to come on the meeting location.   

  • Virtual Resume Writing Session

    |2-3:30 PM ET

    Join a representative from the U.S. Department of the Treasury for a resume writing session that will present unique aspects of writing a resume that is specifically customized to apply for federal jobs. Learn what information is required for a résumé that will make you more effective in the federal hiring process. You will learn what to include, things to avoid, and what makes a résumé for federal employment different from those used for the private sector and other employment. 

  • Virtual Training for Supervisors – Communicate like a Pro with your Interns

    |2 PM ET

    Interns thrive when they receive intentional, frequent performance feedback from their supervisors. This timely session provides an overview on how to conduct effective performance discussions with employees, especially interns. It will empower supervisors and agency Human Resources professionals with the skills needed to engage in discussions with their interns with ease. Participants will receive examples that demonstrate impactful discussion tactics and tips on how to structure any type of performance discussion.

  • Peer to Peer Networking – Virtual

    |12-1 PM ET

    Peer to Peer Networking is a great opportunity for interns to engage with each other, build relationships, and invest in each other’s goal. Each session will be facilitated by an OPM lead that will share a different discussion topic each week to help structure the conversation for the breakout groups. 

  • Virtual Intern to Senior Federal Employment Panel

    |1-2 PM ET

    Join us for a great discussion with senior leaders that will talk about their journey from federal internship to their current senior leadership position in the federal government. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with panelists and ask questions live.  

  • Peer to Peer Networking – Virtual

    |3-4 PM ET

    Peer to Peer Networking is a great opportunity for interns to engage with each other, build relationships, and invest in each other’s goal. Each session will be facilitated by an OPM lead that will share a different discussion topic each week to help structure the conversation for the breakout groups. 

  • National Intern Day – Level Up to Public Service at OPM!

    |10 AM - 3 PM ET

    On July 25th, OPM will host an in-person Level Up to Public Service Event on National Intern Day! Interns from across the government will have the opportunity to engage with Federal agencies in person, sign up for resume review and mock interview sessions with professionals, and learn how to level up your resume and your USAJOBs profile and so much more! 

  • Climate Change Panel at the U.S. Department of the Interior

    |2-3 PM ET

    On July 30th, DOI and OPM will host a hybrid climate change panel on July 30th! This event will highlight the unique role that each agency plays in tackling this issue and highlighting the important contribution early career talent has in advocating for a better climate and future. This is going to be a great conversation and we hope you can join us in-person and online.

August 2024

  • Govlab Virtual Training – GenAI Tools in Government

    |3:30-5 PM ET

    In this 90-minute virtual training on the transformative potential of generative artificial intelligence (AI) for the public sector, participants will learn how AI can be used in their everyday work and how it can improve government effectiveness and efficiency. Participants will hear about AI use cases in government and will learn about the associated risks and ethical implications of these new technologies. 

  • Webinar on Conversion Process for Pathways Interns

    |2-3 PM ET

    Webinar information coming soon!  

  • Virtual Level Up to Public Service

    |10 AM - 3 PM ET

    OPM will host a virtual Level Up to Public Service Event for federal interns from across the government. Interns will have the opportunity to engage with Federal agencies virtually, sign up for resume review and mock interview sessions with professionals, and learn how to level up your resume and your USAJOBs profiles. Registration will be limited.

  • Final Peer to Peer Networking – Virtual

    |4-5 PM ET

    Peer to Peer Networking is a great opportunity for interns to engage with each other, build relationships, and invest in each other’s goal. Each session will be facilitated by an OPM lead that will share a different discussion topic each week to help structure the conversation for the breakout groups. 

Past Events

  • Govlab Virtual Training – Testing solutions

    |2-3 PM ET

    In this training, participants will learn how to use design thinking for public problem-solving. Participants will be given an overview of the five key phases of the human-centered design process - empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test - and will learn strategies for using human-centered design to improve government services.  

  • Peer to Peer Networking – Virtual

    |4-5 PM ET

    Peer to Peer Networking is a great opportunity for interns to engage with each other, build relationships, and invest in each other’s goal. Each session will be facilitated by an OPM lead that will share a different discussion topic each week to help structure the conversation for the breakout groups.  

  • Interview for Federal Jobs – Virtual

    |2-3 PM ET

    Join a representative of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to learn how to prepare for and engage in successful interviews for federal jobs. We will cover actions you should take prior to, on the day of, and after your interview. You will better understand different interviewing methods used by federal agencies, the types of questions that may be asked during the interview, and how best to respond. You will receive guidance and tips on how to maximize your federal interview experience.  

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