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The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Recently, the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to inspiring the next generation of civil servants and innovating the way government works, released its rankings of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. In addition to the rankings, you’ll find really useful information about the size and demographics of different federal agencies.

These rankings are a great way to explore the many different types of agencies that are out there and an important reminder that there is a diverse range of industry options within the federal government itself, even if you’re not interested in politics!

Below is a summary of the top 5 agencies for each category. Follow the link above to access the full rankings.

Best Places to Work: Large Agencies

  1. NASA (internships/careers)
  2. Department of Health and Human Services (internships/careers)
  3. Intelligence Community (internships/careers)
  4. Department of Commerce (internships/careers)
  5. Department of Transportation (internships/careers)

Best Places to Work: Midsize Agencies

  1. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (internships/careers)
  2. Federal Trade Commission (careers)
  3. Government Accountability Office (internships/careers)
  4. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (internships/careers)
  5. Securities and Exchange Commission (internships/careers)

Best Places to Work: Small Agencies

  1. U.S. International Trade Commission (internships/careers)
  2. Farm Credit Administration (internships/careers)
  3. Peace Corps (volunteer)
  4. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (careers)
  5. National Endowment of the Arts (internships/careers)

Many job opportunities within these agencies are listed, and updated regularly, on, while you can learn more about the Pathways Program, which offers internship opportunities for current students and recent graduates in a number of federal agencies, here

Want to learn more? Thinking about your next steps? Check out the Government, Law, and Public Policy webpage and schedule a GLP appointment on EagleLink.

Salvatore Cipriano
By Salvatore Cipriano, Assistant Director, Career Education

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