Working for the Government

The EHLS scholarship is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). As part of the scholarship obligation, participants are required to make a full and good faith effort to obtain work in the federal government after completing the program.

Types of Federal Jobs You Could Apply For

In general, participants who complete the EHLS program pursue federal jobs in administration, management, or professional fields. Some work as analysts or linguists/translators; others find positions in their original professional fields. Positions that fulfill the service requirement have some type of national security responsibility. All positions in the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community fit this definition.

To assess your skills and interests in relation to the federal job market, visit these websites:

Grade Levels of Federal Jobs

The job vacancies listed in the above websites may refer to the grade level of the position. Most professional and administrative work in the federal government is paid under the General Schedule (GS) pay system. The GS system is divided into 15 grades. The entry level of professional and administrative positions is normally at GS-7.

Typically, the grade level at which you are selected is commensurate with your work experience, your academic background, or both. Position announcements describe the specific requirements for different grade levels.

Having a bachelor’s degree will normally qualify you for GS-7. Usually, for jobs at GS-7 and higher, you would need to also have specialized experience. Having a Master’s degree may qualify you for some jobs at GS-9 and a doctorate could qualify you for GS-11.

For more information about the federal job classification system, visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.

Support from EHLS During Your Job Search

The EHLS Program will not provide you a job, but it will give you training that will prepare you for your job search. See the curriculum in Program Content. You will also receive assistance from the National Security Education Program during and after the program to help identify appropriate federal job opportunities. Members of the NSEP Service Team will provide information about various federal agencies and the types of opportunities that are available in them, and will give you guidance on conducting a successful federal job search.