Today for Work It Wednesday, I’m going to share a little bit about my time as a career intern. After I graduated college, I was lucky enough to get a full-time internship working in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Defense Education Activity (civilian speak for the agency that’s in charge of most of the schools on military installations). That opportunity, despite only lasting for a few months, led me to landing my current position in a career internship with the federal government.
What Exactly is a Career Internship?
A career internship, or pathways program as they’re sometimes called, is an internship designed to take college graduates and put them into positions within the government workforce, in my case, and gives them valuable work experience while moving them up the “corporate ladder” shall we say. For example, my Career Internship lasts for a total of two years before I move into a permanent position. At the end of each year, if I’m meeting all the qualifications, I get a promotion. By the end of the internship, I will hopefully have the qualifications to move into a permanent position within the government workforce. The government loves to utilize programs like a career internship because it is an excellent way of bringing in Millennial workers with the hope that they will stay a part of that workforce to take over positions as older generations retire (there is a serious gap between the two generations but we can discuss that later).