This week's graduate newsletter includes our 2nd spotlight in the series of deep dives into industries and employers that align with O'Neill graduate programs.  In this issue, we will highlight several organizations with featured internships and jobs, job boards focused on careers in Public Policy and Management.  Along with internships and jobs, you will find important policy and public management-related events at O'Neill this month.

Please note that the Career Studio will be closed for in-person visits next week from November 21st-23rd.  However, feel free to schedule a virtual meeting with us through Handshake! Click here to schedule an appointment

Tips and Resources

As you know, the Career Hub focuses on 4 Career Communities, one of which is the PSA (Policy, Service, Advocacy) Community meets the needs of students and alumni interested in serving the public in various roles and settings including public service, social service, community, government agencies, and professional organizations. One common tie that these industries have is the desire to work with people and lead for the greater good.

Check out this insightful career resource that includes great information like

  • public policy careers
  • major concentrations
  • top job searches near you
  • public policy skills that can help you in the field
  • average salary for the different positions and many more topics.

Job Market Insights

The O'Neill Career Hub website features a great resource to explore national Job Market Data in various industries and fields including public policy and management.

To access the resource, click HERE.

In the top menu, select "Job Market Data"

Filter by keyword, industry, job title, state, etc.

Data includes employment trends, key competencies, required education, etc.

Public Policy Career Outlook

Policy analysts typically concentrate their research on specific sectors. Climate change policy analyst careers are projected to grow 8% per year through 2029, while the outlook for healthcare policy analyst careers is 16% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021). Experienced policy analysts that work for the federal government typically receive GS-15 level, which ranges from $110,460 to $143,598 (US OPM, 2021). Job prospects for legislative aides are increasing as the role of the federal and local governments becomes more crucial in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more

 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Pay Scale

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides leadership on Federal pay and leave administration policies and programs. The OPM maintains pay tables for General Schedule employees, manage the Federal Wage System, and develops and provides Governmentwide regulations and policies on other pay and leave authorities. Ultimately, each Federal agency is responsible for complying with the law and regulations and following OPM's policies and guidance to administer pay policies and programs for its own employees.  This resource is very helpful for O'Neill students considering federal agency positions, grade levels and pay scales by location.

Employer Spotlight

Based on federal agencies that made the Partnership for Public Service's 2020 Best Places to Work rankings, 84% of federal workers said their coworkers were cooperative in getting work done. Employees also expressed satisfaction overall with work-life balance, innovation, and how leadership at their workplace handled the pandemic. This article shares the most recent data from 2020, which was released in 2021.

Featured employer 1: U.S. Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce works with businesses, universities, communities, and the Nation's

workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans.

The Department of Commerce's mission is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all communities. Through its 13 bureaus, the Department works to drive U.S. economic competitiveness, strengthen domestic industry, and spur the growth of quality jobs in all communities across the country. The Department serves as the voice of business in the Federal Government, and at the same time, the Department touches and serves every American every day.

The Department fosters the innovation and invention that underpin the U.S. comparative advantage. Its scientists research emerging technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI). Companies use NIST and NTIA laboratories to conduct research and development (R&D). NOAA advances R&D of the commercial space industry and climate science. USPTO's intellectual property (IP) protections ensure American innovators profit from their work.

US Department of Commerce has approximately 46,608 (as of 2018) employees with headquarters based in Washington D.C.


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Data and Reports

Careers – Jobs and internships 

Employer # 2: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP is a lobbying and law firm based in the United States with 250 attorneys and policy consultants in 13 offices across the western U.S. and in Washington, D.C

From their multidisciplinary perspective—which brings together their unparalleled understanding of law, business, and policy.  Bloomberg Government recognized Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP as the number 1 high-performing lobbying firm of 2021.

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Careers Opportunities:

All Offices- General Policy Application

Healthcare Senior Policy Advisor: Washington D.C.

Policy Advisor: Sacramento

Policy Analyst: Washington, DC

Policy Fellow: Washington, DC

Spring Internship: Washington, DC

Summer Internship: Washington, DC

Employer # 3: United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

It is the world's largest and most familiar international organization. The UN is headquartered in New York City and has other main offices in Washington, Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna, and The Hague (home to the International Court of Justice).


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Internship programme

Careers Opportunities:

INTERN - Management and Programme Analysis, I (Temporary Job Opening)

INTERN - ADMINISTRATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)


INTERN - ADMINISTRATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)

INTERN - POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Internships and fellowships:

Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (02/01/2023) Public Policy, Legislative, and Non-Profit Management Internship, Indianapolis IN.

Alvarez & Marsal, LLC (12/16/2023) Public Sector Services Summer Associate, Washington DC

Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (04/30/2023) Public Policy/Legislative and Non-Profit Management, Indianapolis IN

The International Center (12/01/2022) Internship Opportunities, IN

Indy Chamber (11/25/2022) HobNob policy internship, Indianapolis, IN

Full time jobs:

Department of treasury (01/11/2023), Policy analyst, Washington DC

Department of treasury (03/31/2023) Policy Analyst, Washington DC
Deloitte (12/11/2022) Government and Public Service Analyst, Chicago IL

Urban Institute (02/02/2023) Policy Assistant, Washington DC

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (11/30/2022) Program & Outcomes VISTA – ACT Initiative, Remote

Chinese American Planning Council, Inc. (11/30/2022) Grant Writer, New York NY

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (11/27/2022) Policy Advisor, Washington, DC

US Department of Agriculture (11/21/2022) County Executive Directors in Training, IN

US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (11/29/2022) Economist, Lakewood, CO

Other opportunities and Resources:

Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this summer! The office of Office of Air & Radiation (OAR)* within the EPA has a few fantastic opportunities for current students, recent graduates to enter the federal workforce. There are multiple vacancies available with various locations. The positions are now live and will close on Monday, November 21, 2022.

GS-07 Positions: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Your Career

The Career Hub posted two new DEI resources to support students in their job search.  Check them out!

Practical Advice for Transgender and Non-Binary Folks Navigating the Job Search

Career Guide for Students with Disabilities

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