Government Honors programs are attainable, entry-level fellowships that law students can seek as a gateway to full-time employment at various government agencies. One of the most popular Government Honors programs is the DOJ Honors Program, but there are honors programs at many other agencies, including (but not limited to) DHS, HUD, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Government Honors applications are typically due late-summer or fall semester the year before you graduate, e.g. August-October of a full-time day student’s 3L year. If you’re interested in Government Honors Programs, talk to an OCPD counselor about how to compete for one, and check out these resources below!
Government Honors Handbook: These handbooks have deadlines and application information for internships and post-graduate government honors programs nationwide. You will need your AU log-in information to access the Handbook. They are frequently updated so check back often!
Presidential Management Fellows Program: This selective program is a great entry point into policy-making decisions. Prospective fellows must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program and be nominated by their academic institution. Selection is based on the results of a standardized test. Finalists are appointed to a two-year appointment. These appointments can be converted to either career or permanent, excepted service jobs at the end of the fellowship.