Internships & Jobs of the Week: Social Impact, Education, Law & Government

Paid Positions at the Polls in November

America is in the midst of a nationwide poll worker shortage.  Most poll workers are over the age of 60 and, in the era of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, fewer are signing up for the job. Paid positions are available for working at the polls in every state. Find out more about working at the polls at  Power the Polls, a first-of-its-kind initiative to recruit poll workers to ensure a safe, fair election for all voters. Power the Polls uses data on poll worker requirements researched and collected by the nonpartisan Fair Elections Center, creators of the unique WorkElections.com web portal. Information is available on poll worker compensation, hours, application links, and training and voter registration requirements for more than 4,000 jurisdictions in states across the country. Search by your state and county for information on positions available and links to apply. In Morris County, for example, the pay is about $200 for Election Day.

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Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program-Application Deadline July 31!

Through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program, students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. Projects include helping counter violent extremism, strengthening human rights monitoring, developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, mapping, economic and political reporting, data analysis, graphic design, and app building.

No more nine to five: VSFS is accommodating and flexible. Through VSFS, students can intern from wherever they are – from dorm rooms to libraries to coffee shops, or anywhere in the world with a broadband or Internet connection. Students set their own schedules too – working on projects on a timetable that fits their life.  Through VSFS, students can also choose projects from a wide variety of agencies – more than 40 federal agencies. Through VSFS, federal employees connect with students from diverse backgrounds and skills, as well as with their colleagues across government.

How it works:  Each year, federal employees submit project requests between May 1 and June 10. U.S. students apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 1-31 on USAJOBS.gov. VSFS supervisors review applications between August 1-31 and may contact VSFS candidates for a virtual interview. As part of the interview, candidates may be asked to show examples of their expertise and work. All candidates will hear by early September if they have been offered a position.

Selected eInterns work on their projects for ten hours a week from September through May. Some eInterns work their academic institutions to receive course credit for their VSFS participation.

For more details, please visit the Student and Mentor FAQ sections.

Visit VSFS for more information on this program.

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Looking for More?

Students from all majors looking for work should consider Jobs in the NJ State Government. They are hiring, the benefits are great, and there are many opportunities.  Check out the link for more information including a recorded meeting at Drew with an Civil Service HR rep!

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities / Possible Jobs and Internships: To encourage all of us to keep giving back, the Center for Civic Engagement has created a list of Virtual Volunteering Opportunities.   If you are looking for an internship or even a job, and one of these organizations interests you: Contact them to inquire!

Rutgers Libraries maintains an extensive list of links and resources for summer jobs and internships, and jobs in the government and non-profit sectors.

Interested in learning about careers in the Federal Government?  The Federal Government offers unique hiring paths to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society. Did you know that only about 15% of federal jobs are in the Washington, D.C. metro area while approximately 83% are found in multiple locations throughout the country and the remaining 2% are outside the United States? The federal application process is very structured—the hiring agency must follow a specific review process and vetting system. This process helps agencies hire the best qualified people, while being fair to all applicants.  To learn more about each hiring path, the application process, and your eligibility, here’s a great resource USA JOBS.  USAJOBS is offering several great webinars on Interviewing, Writing Your Federal Resume, and Navigating USAJOBS – Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs. Check out all the events open to students on  usajobs.gov/Notification/E…

500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now

The Launch Career Communities Internships & Jobs of the Week blog is posted every Tuesday in every career community. Be sure to check out Handshake for more opportunities. Here is more information on Understanding Job Postings: How to Stay Safe on Handshake

Need help with an resume or cover letter? The Center for Internships and Career Development offers one-on-one coaching for interviews, resume/cover letter review and more all virtually during the summer months!  Sign up today on Handshake for an virtual appointment!

Please understand that due to the fluidity of the current situation, you may discover some positions are not available.

Posted by Amy Sugerman
Amy Sugerman Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement Amy Sugerman