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These are not jobs with the government, these are jobs in the offices of members of Congress, along with several other organizations on the Hill (lobbying groups, etc.). And some of the jobs might be "off the Hill" but pretty darn close to it.
The Brad Traverse Group
...operates a fee-based subscription service offering what commentary says is an absolutely terrific source of job leads for jobs on and off Capital Hill in government affairs, public affairs, and communications. This includes paid and unpaid internship opportunities. The fee as of the time of review is $5/month via PayPal or $70/year via check plus a minor one-time registration fee. Discounts available for government / military personnel. Unsure if this is right for you? You can check out their Twitter feed (DCPolicyJobs) to get an idea of what is being added to the database daily. I know, it charges, but this is a tremendous resource. You can't even get the local newspapers for $5 a month!
Operated by The Leadership Institute, is a free confidential employment placement service listing opportunities and internships in public policy. All visitors can review the list of job titles with location and the date of posting, but you must register and complete the Institute's Public Policy Questionnaire to see the full listing. The mission of the Institute is to train politically conservative leaders for work in public policy, and this service is focused on matching conservative professionals with employers who seek them.
DC Public Affairs + Communications Jobs
This blog by Gordon Barnes lists "Washington DC area jobs and internships in public affairs, communications, public relations, media, web development, lobbying and related fields". The listings he provides are extensive and pretty impressive, so you may want to add an RSS subscription. Mr. Barnes is a DC-based PR and Communications specialist for a nonprofit association.
..."The Home Page of Capitol Hill." I don't know who runs this site, but it is pretty interesting in terms of events and gossip both on and off the Hill. And yes, there are jobs posted here, also on and off the Hill. The on-the-Hill listings are divided into Democratic and Republican, just in case you want to be sure you are going in the right direction....
There is no information on who is operating this site (the domain registration is public), but since you do not need to register and the site is free for jobseekers, I'm listing it. Jobwonk lists jobs and internships in public affairs, advocacy, and research in the DC area. It really is a wonderful source for positions in public service and public advocacy with easy headings down the left that let you quickly filter the listings by occupation, job type, and location. Select a job to view the full information, and submit your resume directly to the advertiser using the information included in each listing. You may see these listings in other locations (they cross-post to SimplyHired), but not in this easy-to-find format. Jobwonk partners with DC LinkTank, which lists events in the DC area sponsored by local think tanks, advocacy groups, and others.
"A dedicated Lobbying Job Site focused on delivering recruitment assistance and lobbying career opportunities for Federal and State Lobbyists, Lobbying Support Staff, Lobbying Firms, Advocacy and Government Relations Professionals." Not a lot of jobs here, but they are interesting. Users do not need to register to view the job announcements and submit applications, but registering (free) will allow you to upload a resume for employers to review. Scroll down the front page for fastest access to the listings by job classification, type, or location.
New Organizing Institute
"The NOI runs the only progressive training program that integrates cutting-edge online organizing techniques, political technology, and field leadership. NOI connects organizers to smarter organizing resources to enable them to impact the progressive movement more effectively." Founded in 2005, NOI also support those who want to work in this field and in these organizations. Check out their career resources too.
Opportunities in Public Affairs
...public affairs job openings in the Washington, DC metropolitan area spanning entry through senior level positions. There are some free listings on the site, but a paid subscription will get their full list sent to you each week. Jobs are divided into PR, Capitol Hill, Government Affairs, Journalism, Entry-Level, and Other. Check out their "Job Resources" to access their Capitol Hill Job Guide. Nice simple intro into what kind of work is available on the Hill and how to get connected.
..."a legislative, government, and political staffing service for the Washington DC area." This staffing firm offers temporary and permanent placement opportunities with Washington's finest consultants, PR firms, nonprofits and lobbying firms. They occasionally work with campaign offices, but it is less likely you'll see a Capitol Hill listing here. All services are free to the job applicant, but you must be located in or near DC and have the experience they need.
The American Society for Public Administration, in partnership with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), created this free public website to serve as a central source for job listings in public service and public administration. Eventually this site will also offer career and job information for anyone interested in these areas.
RCJobs from Roll Call
Roll Call is the newspaper of Capitol Hill with news and information on what's happening "inside the Beltway." RCJobs is their free employment service where you can search for jobs or post a resume. Registration of your resume is not required, but it is encouraged and it is free. It will also facilitate forwarding of your information to employers. Roll Call purchased Congressional Quarterly and rolled both publications and job resources into a single source, The CQ Roll Call Group
Employment Opportunities, US Senate
Learn about Senate job openings, internships, and fellowships, as well as opportunities with the Senate Office of Human Resources and the Sergeant at Arms Office of Human Resources. Please note that persons who wish to submit a resume to the Senate Placement Office must review the brochure for information on the hiring process and complete the required Applicant Referral Form to begin registration of your resume. You can also review the Senate Employment Bulletin for a list of current openings and specific application information for each.
Employment Opportunities, US House of Representatives
This includes positions with House members and committees (you can sign up for the House Vacancy Announcement and Placement Service's weekly employment bulletin and submit a resume to their database), positions with House organizations, and links to additional sources for Capitol Hill.
Women in Government Relations
...WGR membership includes over 650 women and men who represent corporations, trade associations, public interest groups, and federal, state and local governments. WGR provides members with the educational programming and major networking opportunities they need to further their career development and professional growth. The job lead bank is only accessible by members, as is the Member directory.

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Foreign Policy / Diplomacy

Foreign Policy Association Job Board
...internships, full-time and contract jobs, and volunteer opportunities with nonprofits, NGOs, and think tanks with positions in the US and abroad. If you would like to be notified of new job and internship postings, be sure to sign up for their free weekly Global Jobs Newsletter. The Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world.
FP Job Board: Foreign Policy Magazine
..."connects the leading organizations, companies, and government agencies with candidates in the international academic, economic, business, development, policy, and relations fields". The job board is open to all users. Some listings link back to the hiring organization's website for you to submit your application, but others open a form on the FP website you can use to submit your application. No registration necessary. Great resource for foreign policy and international relations experts anywhere.
Careers with the U.S. Department of State
...the recruiting and career information source for jobs with the State Department. This includes Foreign Service Officers who service in DC and form the "front line" in our embassies abroad, Foreign Service Specialists who support these people, information on Student Programs, as well as other civil service opportunities with the State department. This site not only talks about the work done by persons in each role and potential career paths, but also links to current employment opportunities and information on the Foreign Service Written Exam.

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