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Links for Career Development Resources

Links at Duke University

Links at UNC-Chapel Hill

  • TIBBS Career Center: TIBBS stands for "Training Initiative in Biomedical & Biological Sciences", an umbrella organization for all science students at UNC

  • TIBBS Events: Great resources listed for some of the past events, and some events are open to all students

Careers in Government

The U.S. federal government employs nearly 2 million people in civilian jobs in more than 120 departments across the country and internationally.  For STEM-related positions, the government hired 14,953 entry-level employees in 2014.  Each agency has their own particular STEM talent, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (employing over 1,100 civil engineers) and the Social Security Administration (with over 3,500 information technology management roles).  Federal employees have competitive benefits packages including access to student loan repayment assistance.

 Here are some tips for applying for government jobs:

  • USAJOBS.gov is the central website for searching for government jobs, though each agency also has a link to their own section
  • All government jobs have a designated grade, numbering from GS-1 to GS-15.  A bachelor's degree corresponds to GS-5 or GS-7 (depending on class standing or GPA), a master's degree corresponds to GS-9, and a doctoral degree corresponds to GS-11.
  • Pathways programs provide internships that can lead to full-time employment
  • Check agencies' websites and social media to learn more about their mission and culture
  • GoGovernment provides guides for writing your application materials and finding where your skills and interests would fit


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