Tuesday, April 7, 2009

You Have to Start Somewhere

Like any respectable Auto Train lounge singer, we are more than happy to take your requests. Here's a category suggested by loyal viewer Dan – focused offerings for entry-level jobs or low-experience opportunities in public affairs for you recent or soon-to-be grads out there:

ACA InternationalGovernment Affairs Specialist & Admin Assistant

Advisory Board
Coordinator, Higher Education Research

Amazing downtown law firmReceptionist

American Enterprise InstituteOpportunities for 2009 college grads

American Society of Clinical Oncology:
AMIDEASTProgram Assistant, Exchange Programs

ASAEConference Center Assistant – $12-$15/hr.

Chevron Corp.Staff Assistant, Government Affairs – or search here, using DC location – apply today, Apr. 7

Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & AssociatesAssociate – $30k-$50k

Council of State Governments:
Drug Enforcement AdministrationProgram Assistant – $41k-$59k – job ID F-DEA-TR-09-0316-DEU – apply by Apr. 13

Georgetown UniversityProgram Assistant for Communications & Operations, Institute for Reproductive Health (search Medical Professional job category) – $38k-$48k – French or Spanish language skills a plus

Home Builders Association of DelawareMembership Services Coordinator – $20k-$30k – Dover, DE

ICF International
multiple opportunities (search entry level experience)

McKissack & McKissack
Marketing Coordinator

National AcademiesEditorial Assistant

Nature Conservancy Climate Policy Program Coordinator – or search here, DC Metro location

Nonprofit RoundtableDevelopment & Membership Associate

NRI Staffingassorted admin positions

O’Keeffe & Company
Public Relations Assistant

PDS Technical ServicesOnline Community Coordinator – use this link for alternate search

Pew Charitable TrustsAdministrative Assistant, Health and Human Services Policy

Temporaries NowAdmin and receptionist opportunities

Trilogy Technical ServicesOnline Community Coordinator (search DC location) – part time

Unknown law firmLegal Assistant – search managed by Wisdom-Williams

U.S. Chamber of CommerceProgram & Research Assistant – $15/hr.

USfalcon Inc.Assistant Project Coordinator

U.S. Global Leadership CampaignProgram Assistant

Finally – we’re not going to comb through our recent public relations special or think tank jobs compendium for entry-level opportunities at the organizations listed, but you might want to use it as a jumping off point for your own research.


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU. I'm a soon to be college grad looking for a job in DC, and these are so helpful.

Just Britt said...

I am looking to get a position on the Hill and trying to squeeze out of the hedge fund industry and have no Hill experience. I'm finding this to be tough to crack into and I've been very aggressive with sending my resume out. I realize its a tough job market, but any suggestions or input?

Gordon Barnes said...

Anon - thanks for the kind words!

Britt - I never worked directly on Capitol Hill, but my guess is that they are flooded with applications. You need to find ways to at least meet/talk to people - which may be difficult if you are not in DC area. Have you contacted the local (non-DC) offices of your Senators or Congressman? You might be able to at least get someone to give you 15 minutes of their time to give you some suggestions.

You have to find a way to connect with people directly if you plan to stand out from the dozens to hundreds of resumes that Hill offices surely receive - you might want to look at the Fortune article at the end of Wednesday's listings for a little motivation, as well.