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ERIC Number: EJ869099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-24
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Supplying the Demand
Dervarics, Charles
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n23 p9-11 Dec 2009
Recruitment of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian-Americans is a priority across the federal government. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must report annually on minority employment, and its findings show some gains. Overall, minorities were 33% of the federal work force in 2008, meaning they were over-represented in government compared with the rest of the U.S. work force. Together, these groups represented 29% of the civilian labor force last year. But a more in-depth look at the data yields mixed results. On the positive side, African-Americans represent 18% of all federal workers, compared with 10% of the civilian labor force. But Hispanics account for 13% of U.S. workers and only 7.9% of federal employees. To address these issues, minority-serving colleges and universities are active in internship programs that may increase the pipeline of qualified federal employees. One of the largest is the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program (HNIP), which brought 680 students this year to Washington, D.C., or other locations for jobs at federal agencies. Students who have completed their freshman year are eligible, a process that begins with an online application. Students must have a 3.0 grade-point average and be eligible to work in the United States. Some federal agencies also have a citizenship requirement, says HNIP Executive Director Maria Elena Vivas-House. In addition to jobs in federal agencies, the program offers seminars and networking opportunities for participants. While Hispanics account for the bulk of HNIP interns, the program is open to anyone. Other internship programs offered to minority students are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Virginia