Upcoming Events

Mar 31 - WiLL Breakfast Series

Mar 31 - Out for Work: LGBTQIQ Out at Work Practices

Apr 7 - Pathways to Success

Apr 14 - Navigating the Seas of Graduate Admissions

April 15-Jul 31: CPEC Virtual Job Fair

Apr 20: Career Clinic - Summer Career Planning

Apr 21 - Out for Work: Resumes & Interviews for LGBTQIQ Community

For more information on events, view the calendar in SHIP Career Connection

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Contact Information

Career Center

Shippensburg University

Ceddia Union Bldg. (CUB) 108
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-477-1484
Fax: 717-477-4066

Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm
Call to schedule an appt.

Mon 2-6pm

Additional extended hours available by request. 

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Federal Employment Application/Hiring Process

Applying for positions with the federal government is a SLOW process.  Begin the process early and BE PATIENT.  It could take anywhere from 9-18 months to complete the process. 

NOTE:  The application/hiring process is complex and difficult to navigate for those that are unfamiliar with it.  To begin, read the information below.  You are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Career Center staff member to assist you through this process and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  To schedule an appointment to review information on federal hiring, contact the Career Center directly at 717-477-1484.  

STEP 1: Research Information/Agencies Through The Internet

 Research information on federal job opportunities through one (or more) of the following: 

 STEP 2: Review Information/Resources Thoroughly

  • Obtain the vacancy announcement. 
  • Research and obtain specific information about the opportunities of interest to you. 
  • The vacancy announcement is an important source of information.  It will answer most questions you may have about the position.  
  • Review Procedures for Federal Job Search [PDF] for more detailed information. 

STEP 3: Prepare Resume And Application Materials

  • Follow the application instructions carefully and completely.  Submit all required information and documents by deadline dates.Some jobs with unique requirements may also ask for additional/other forms to be completed and submitted. 
  • It is essential to follow the instructions carefully and completely.  Submit all required information and documents by deadline dates. 
  • Carefully Review Federal Resumes: Content And Format [PDF] carefully. 
  • View Sample Federal Resume [PDF] for an example on how to get started. 
  • At any point in the process, contact the Career Center to schedule an appointment to review the process in more detail and ask questions. 

Additional Information and Resources

Federal Career Guides 

Guides to help students identify jobs and internships within the federal government that align with their choice of majors and/or interests.