For students with a commitment to grappling with complex legislative problems, coordinating effective policy solutions in partnership with others, and ensuring the improvement and just administration of government policies
The field of government and policy encompasses a wide range of interdisciplinary public service careers in diplomacy, advocacy, and federal, state, and local government. Some of these roles focus on revising and improving regulations and others on influencing the development of legislative policy areas. Others center on pursuing fundamental rights and social justice for communities through direct government action—as legislators creating policy or administrators implementing policy.
Colby alumni have worked in diverse settings: the U.S. House of Representatives, USAID, the World Bank, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Department of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Maine Department of the Secretary of the State, Human Rights Watch, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. They have joined think tanks, policy groups, legislative bodies, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies.
Recruiting timelines for government and policy roles vary; learn more about recruiting timelines on our job search page.
The United States federal government is the world’s second-largest employer with 2.1 million civilian employees. For payroll and other human resource purposes, most fall under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Working for the U.S. federal government, especially early in …