Representatives of the firms said the federal government is counting on recent graduates to play a critical role in addressing the need for a talent infusion into the public sector. The Partnership for Public Service estimates that by fall of 2012, the federal government will hire nearly 273,000 new workers for mission-critical jobs--positions considered crucial by agencies to fulfill their essential obligations to the American people.
Federal agencies need to fill positions across many fields, with the biggest focus in medical, security, law enforcement, legal and administrative fields. Matt Casey, CEO of CampusGov said, "With the huge number of baby-boomer federal workers reaching retirement age, government agencies are going to have to ensure that they are aggressively reaching out to students to fill the void and ensure that graduates are excited to choose public service as they begin their career exploration process."
The first scholarship program runs through May 30. A grant in the amount $2,500 will be announced to the first winner by June 15th. CampusGov and GovLoop will announce additional scholarship programs in the coming months. According to Steve Ressler, Founder and President of GovLoop, "The federal government has a big challenge ahead as far as luring the best and brightest graduates to work in government. This scholarship program is a way we can pitch in and raise awareness for the great opportunities that exist in the public sector."
Applicants must register online, write a brief statement on career plans, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. For details on this scholarship program including an application, go to http://www.campusgov.com/register/scholarship.asp
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CampusGov helps government agencies meet their staffing needs by connecting employers with an extensive database of students, alumni, and experienced talent who are seeking careers in local, state and federal government