• Variety of summer jobs, internships available

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Summer is quickly approaching, which means students are about to go on family vacations, play outside and sleep in. However, for college students, summer is also an opportunity to find a summer job or internship that could potentially help them with their future career.
    Fort Leavenworth offers several opportunities for both, which can help students get their foot in the door of the civilian workforce.
    Summer jobs
    The Fort Leavenworth Non-Appropriated Fund office currently has several opportunities open for summer jobs on the installation.
    Open jobs include lifeguards, a part-time Child and Youth Program assistant, a Child and Youth Services gymnastics instructor, a food and beverage attendant at Trails West Golf Course or Java Café, a cashier at Trails West Golf Course, and a laborer at the Auto Crafts Center.
    Ken Clark, NAF Human Resources officer, said the CYS positions are particularly good for elementary education majors.
    “Those are the classes that are required for our Child and Youth Services, so they are a really good fit for it,” Clark said. “It gives (the students) experience while they’re in college, using the degree that they’re majoring in, so it really works well.
    “Because we’re (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation affiliated), a lot of our schedules can accommodate class schedules because we have a flexible employment status that is an irregular schedule,” he said. “All of our jobs can go past the summer as well.”
    Clark said NAF is in regular contact with the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., so the students can learn about the available openings.
    “We try to work with local colleges and it works well because it gives (the students) an opportunity to have access to federal employment, but (the colleges) also use it as a marketing tool for when students are looking into their colleges. It tells them that there is employment in good jobs in the local area,” he said. “Our goal is to have contact with all the local colleges.”
    Megan Klebba, Benedictine College Career Services director, said there are several benefits to being in contact with NAF.
    “I am always excited to talk to individuals who see the potential in the students at Benedictine College and want to use their talents to reach the goals of their organization,” Klebba said. “Having opportunities for them to pursue over the summer is critical to allowing them to apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom and further develop the skills employers will be looking for when filling full-time positions.
    “Positions such as the ones Ken promotes to our students can help make the cost of a college education more feasible for students. In addition, students are looking for colleges that are going to set them up for success after (graduation),” she said. “The job search process is competitive. So, being able to show that a student has had work experience that directly relates to the career they want to pursue helps to make them more marketable to employers.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Available jobs are posted on usajobs.gov. NAF will also be at the FMWR and Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program’s Career and Education Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Frontier Conference Center. Applicants can apply for jobs there, and human resources personnel will be conducting interviews, making selections and initiating background checks during the event, Clark said.
    For more information, call 684-2747 or visit the NAF office at 821 McClellan Avenue.
    Internships
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several internship opportunities available both for college students and recent college graduates through the Pathways Program, which started in July 2012.
    “Under an internship, you actually will learn and perform work while working alongside an experienced employee,” said Kelly Miesner, Kansas City Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Human Resources officer. “There are opportunities to train in areas to see where you might be interested in specializing, and you can possibly rotate in different areas to see what you are interested in. Internships are paid positions, and you can get all of the same benefits as a regular full-time employee.”
    Pathways has three different programs — Pathways Internship, which targets current students in an accredited high school, college or technical school who are in good standing with their respective schools; Pathways Recent College Graduates, which targets those who have graduated within the last two years — six years if the student is a veteran who couldn’t apply because of military obligations — and have proof of their degree; and Pathways Presidential Management Fellows, which targets those with advanced degrees.
    Pathways offers jobs for several different fields including engineering, budget and finance, contracting, construction and administration, Miesner said.
    “Working as a federal employee offers a lot of benefits immediately that a private industry may not be able to offer until after a period of time, such as health insurance for self and family, life insurance with no requirement for a physical exam, a retirement program including the Thrift Savings Plan and sick and annual leave,” Miesner said. “There is not normally a significant amount of overtime required to complete your duties and you are basically serving your Army soldiers by providing valuable civilian support to them in your role.
    “Being hired as a student or recent grad allows for conversion to a permanent position upon successful completion of each program,” she said. “It can be a job for life.”
    For more information about the Pathways Program, visit careers.state.gov/work/pathways/. To search for current opportunities and apply, visit usajobs.gov.
    Page 3 of 3 - For students interested in internships in engineering, contracting, maintenance or summer park rangers, e-mail a resumé and transcript to kccorps.careers@usace.army.mil.
    USACE is not the only local opportunity college students have for internships. The Frontier Army Museum is looking for interns as well.
    “(Interns) will get hands-on experience in various areas of museum work. Projects can vary from exhibits, archives, conservation and education,” said Megan Hunter, FAM museum specialist. “We first gauge their interests and try to gear projects toward those interests.
    “In my opinion, hands-on experience is essential in work training, especially the museum field. Between handling artifacts, installs, research and more, the museum field is very much a hands-on career,” she said. “The more experience you have, the better prepared you will be.”
    FAM internships are volunteer-based. Interns must be 16 years old or older. For more information, call Hunter at 684-3190 or e-mail at megan.m.hunter4.civ@mail.mil, or Russ Ronspies, FAM museum specialist, at 684-3185 or e-mail at russell.l.ronspies.civ@mail.mil.
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