We all know how important it is to make connections, especially if you happen to be in DC. Network, network, network! That’s probably the number one piece of advice you’ve heard as a millennial. But it can be hard to make connections when you’re just entering the professional world for government. Fortunately, there are a lot of great groups dedicated to public service and especially keen to keep millennials in the loop.
Here’s a list of networks you should definitely think about joining. Keep track of their pages, their events, and get yourself out there:
Young Government Leaders (YGL)
YGL is the primary network dedicated to young professionals in government as well as those interested in joining government. YGL is committed to providing a voice for this generation of aspiring government leaders and consists of over 5,000 young federal, state, and local government employees. YGL has chapters in DC, Boston, Bethesda, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. In addition to helpful seminars, and great events coordinated with GovLoop, the organization provides plenty of local happy hours to bring young professionals together.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)
Interested in a career in international affairs? This is an important group to join. YPFP’s mission is to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. While there is an annual membership fee, it’s well worth the benefits, as this organization is dedicated to helping young professionals make connections while building their careers. Their next event is on Tuesday, October 13th, where they will present a Resume Workshop.
Partnership for Public Service
The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to help government serve the needs of all Americans by strengthening the civil service and the systems used to support it. They work with a variety of government agencies and provide exceptional events and conferences. The Partnership also offers a variety of career opportunities, including internships. On October 27-28, the Partnership is providing a Leadership Seminar for Driving Innovation.
Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG)
The Robertson Foundation for Government was established in 2010 by the late Charles and Marie Robertson. It’s dedicated to identifying, educating, and inspiring America’s brightest graduate students to pursue careers with the federal government. In addition to the Robertson Foundation Fellowship Program for students attending graduate school, the foundation also provides resources for other well-known programs like Presidential Management Fellows.
ACT-IAC Young Professionals Council
Interested in a career in the federal technology workplace? ACT-IAC Young Professionals Council works to recruit, educate, and engage young professionals and to assist in developing strategies to advance young professionals in the federal technology workplace. The Council’s leadership is represented by a number of young leaders. They often feature insightful information in their events, which highlight various sectors of federal government.
Hill Staff Organizations and Groups
If you’re interested in working on Capitol Hill, this page features a number of social and professional networking groups, including Congressional Black Associates, Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, Congressional Chorus, and Congressional Legislative Staff Association. While you need to be working on the Hill to be eligible to join, having contacts with any members of these groups can be helpful for getting your foot in the door.
For more professional networking groups and events in DC, take a look at George Washington University’s page.
Any professional networking groups that you’ve joined recently and would like to recommend? Add your comments below!
For more reading about millennials in public service, check out this weekly GovLoop series, First 5: Advice from millennial to millennial