Public Sector

The US government is composed of numerous agencies, departments, and operational units with diverse goals, responsibilities, and challenges. There are three levels of government within the United States: local (county and city/township), state, and federal.

General Government Job Boards

  • GovLoop: A repository of best practices information, including sample social media policies, examples of mobile websites and apps, and a comprehensive list of government associations
  • The Twitter service of GovLoop 
  • GovtJobs: Aggregation of local, state, and federal level government jobs
  • Government Jobs: Local and state government jobs
  • Public Affairs Council: Collection of public affairs, government relations, and public policy jobs
  • Public Service Careers: Public service careers spanning public, private and nonprofit sectors 
  • GoGovernment: Resources on how to find and apply for government jobs
  • USAJobs: Official US government jobs website

General Government Websites

Federal Government Resources

Agencies within the federal government vary in size and tend to be highly decentralized. There are three main roles within the federal government: a career civil servant (long-term employment), a political appointee (appointed by the president), or a Foreign Service officer.


  • Best Places to Work in the Federal Government: Annual ranking of government agencies by employee satisfaction, innovation and leadership
  • Federal Job Search: Federal government jobs and job search services
  • FedJobs: Federal research service; sign up for a free monthly newsletter, FedJobs Career Chat 
  • GoGovernment: Resources and information about applying for jobs and working in the federal government
  • TheCapitol.Net: Resources and learning materials on a variety of governmental topics
  • USAjobs: Official government civil service job and agency information
  • Learn how to find a job with the federal government



Government Fellowships

Government Internships

State and Local Government Resources

Each level of local government consists of hundreds of publicly funded departments, agencies, and committees overseeing a variety of functions. In contrast to federal officials, state and local policymakers are tasked with addressing issues that have more specific applications.

Political Affiliations

Nonprofit Sector

Professionals in the nonprofit sector have diverse skills and backgrounds and the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. Many individuals who seek work in nonprofit organizations are very passionate about a particular cause, driven by an organizational mission, and strive to make meaningful contributions to society.

General Nonprofit Resources

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy: News, commentary, and data on nonprofits and philanthropy
  • Daily updates of Chicago-area nonprofits' job postings
  • Online job database and gathering place for nonprofit employers and management personnel
  • Social Venture Partners: Network of nonprofits
  • The National Center for Charitable Statistics: Statistics on nonprofit organizations
  • The Yearbook of International Organizations: Produced by the Union of International Associations; provides extensive coverage of nonprofit international organizations (government and nongovernment) and is accessible via the University of Chicago Library system
  • The Better Business Bureau’s philanthropic advisory service. Reports on major US charitable organizations, including an overview of each organization, program information, financial data, ratings on compliance with CBBB Standards for Charitable Solicitation, and governance information

General Nonprofit Job Boards

University of Chicago Campus Resources

Private Sector

The private sector also offers a wide range of public policy-oriented employment opportunities, many of which overlap with the fields and issues addressed in the public and nonprofit sectors. When researching the private sector, it is important to note if a company is publicly or privately held.

General Private Sector Resources

General Private Sector Job Boards

  • America's Job Exchange: Large job bank with private sector jobs
  • Job bank created by the National Labor Exchange
  • Monster: Large online job bank with a range of private sector jobs
  • Indeed: Large job database

University of Chicago Campus Resources

  • Business and Economics Resources (The University of Chicago Library): Subject guides have general private sector information including analysis/industry overviews, financial ratios, journal articles, statistics, and guides
  • Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources (available in Regenstein Library, Z7164.C81E93): A useful listing of information sources on detailed subjects, industries, and business topics

General Career Resources

Use these resources to gather general information when beginning your career search. Wherever you are in your career search keep the following criteria in mind:

  • Current trends, developments and forecasted challenges
  • Types of organizations represented within a sector/industry
  • Compensation ranges from entry to senior level positions
  • Yahoo Finance and Guidestar: Review organizations’ financials
  • Salary and Payscale: Pursue salary information
  • Read press releases in major national and international newspapers including The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Asian Wall Street Journal
  • Myvisajobs: Visa policies of organization
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Industry: Comprehensive site including profiles of the nine major industry divisions; each profile contains industry facts and employment, hours, earnings, and a wealth of other data 
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook: Information on careers from an occupational perspective along with industry nature, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information 

General Job Boards