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  • #112274

    This is a follow up to a previous post on what college students and recent grads think about working for the government. AfterCollege asked 600 students in a snapshot survey to list the agencies they would consider working for. Here are the top agencies where college students and grads said they would consider working:

    Top Mentioned Government Agencies

    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • National Institute of Health
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Department of Defense
    • U.S. Navy
    • National Security Agency
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Department of Energy
    • National Science Foundation

    Who Likes Government?

    The respondents came from the following disciplines.

    Most of our respondents were engineers. It’s interesting to note that the second most predominant group though, made up of nurses, was more interested in working for the government vs. the engineering group in our survey. The lower than expected interest from engineers could be due to citizenship requirements. Many engineers, especially at the grad level, are foreign nationals, and they tend to get locked out of many opportunities.

    Also worth noting is the GPA spread of the respondents. Most of our survey respondents had above average GPAs, and so did the ones who expressed interest in working for government agencies.

    Respondents who expressed interest in working for the government are also broken down as follows:

    Attracting College Students and Grads

    Is your agency working to attract college grads? If so, what’s working? What’s not working? Eager to read your comments.

    Note: AfterCollege helps government agencies and employers raise their brands on college campuses. If you have a specific issue, such as not getting enough access to students from specific disciplines, diverse backgrounds or students with disabilities, you can contact us directly at [email protected]

  • #112286

    Great stats! Lots of smart people want to work for government 😉

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    Shannon Kennedy

    Very interesting! Thanks for the post!

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    Markesia Howell

    Interesting but not really useful. I would actually like to know the “Top Government Agencies for Current Government Employees”.

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    Charlene McTier

    Thanks for the stats — it would be interesting to see what the different college stats are to see if there are government programs or internships associated with the desire to work for the government.

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    Hi Charlene,

    It would vary by campus, but most importantly, it varies by the effectiveness of each government program. One thing is certain though. In order to raise awareness and interest about working for government, agencies need to consistently reach out to students, and better yet, to the influencers of these students. For Gen Y, parents are the main influencers. Faculty and mentors are the second most effective influencers. Look at the military. As you know, they target TV ads to parents of potential recruits. Other employers, like some of the ones on the list above, target faculty and departments either directly or through AfterCollege.

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    Julia Tanasic

    Great post. I wonder tough, where is the group of people whom degrees are dedicate to the government arena. More specific, International Relations, Public Affairs, Global Affairs, Public Administration, Public Policy or even Foreign Service and Diplomacy. How many of them want to work for the government and how many actually end up working for the government (vs. private business, NPOs, NGOs, intern. Organisations, Think-Tanks, Media and so on)?

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