Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Federal Government 

The U.S. Federal Government is the largest employer in the country with approximately 2.7 million civilian employees. Federal job seekers benefit from a plethora of prospective agencies ranging across all policy areas. It is best to view each agency as a separate employer with unique hiring processes, yet the majority of federal positions are posted through the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) site USAJOBS. The OPM serves as a human resources and regulatory resource that connects federal agencies. The OPM is a great resource for understanding the characteristics of federal employment, processes, and tips for improved candidacy.

Top Job Boards:

  • USAJOBS (The federal government’s official job site)
  • Americajobs (Employment listings from the public sector)
  • CareerOneStop (U.S. Department of Labor sponsored career resources including a job board called AJB)
  • CareersinGovernment (A leading site for public sector employment information and opportunities)
  • GovernmentJobs (U.S. Federal, State, and Local government employment listings organized by category and location)
  • PublicServiceCareers (Employment listings and resources catered to public affairs degree programs)

Federal Employment Information

Agencies & Offices

Other Federal Employment Resources

State and Local Government 

Many La Follette graduates find employment opportunities within the Wisconsin or other state and local government system. Each state and locality has unique agencies, hiring processes, and benefits.  State and local government employment offers graduates the chance to utilize their chosen policy expertise in a wide variety of policy areas with great local influence. 

State and Local Employment Resources

Wisconsin Employment Resources

Employment Links by State

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Alaska

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Delaware

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Hawaii

Idaho

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Indiana

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Nebraska

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New Hampshire

New Jersey

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New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington state

Washington, D.C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

U.S. Territory Agency Links