Promoting Internships and Other Student and Early Career Programs in the Federal Government (Guidance from OPM & OMB)
The number of interns in the Federal Government has decreased significantly over the past 10 years. One of the most impactful ways to rebuild the Federal Government’s lagging early career talent pipeline is to revive federal internship programs.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released guidance on increasing opportunities for internships, fellowships, apprenticeships, and other student and early career programs. The guidance advances the goals of the “Strengthening and Empowering the Federal Workforce” priority in the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and is issued pursuant to Executive Order 14035, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce (the DEIA Executive Order).
In the President’s FY 2023 Budget, agencies committed to hiring over 35,000 interns in the coming year.
- Increase the number of interns, fellows, apprentices, and early career hires across the Federal Government, with an emphasis on increasing paid internship opportunities and decreasing reliance on unpaid internships.
- Better coordinate and fund strategic federal internship, fellowship, and early career hiring programs.
- Focus on the strategic development and implementation of federal internship, fellowship, and early career hiring programs – while holding senior leaders accountable to using these programs to build an inclusive and diverse federal workforce talent pipeline.
The goals for recruiting, hiring, and retaining early career talent include:
- Increasing the availability of paid internships, fellowships, and apprenticeships.
- Enhancing hiring assessment processes to improve hiring outcomes.
- Increasing activities to recruit early career talent to meet agencies’ needs, to build a talent pipeline and address longstanding skills gaps.
- Improving outreach to individuals from underserved communities so the Federal Workforce draws on the richness and diversity of our country.
- Reinvigorating the Pathways Programs by updating the regulations to help agencies better recruit and retain early career talent.
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