Federal Careers In Budgeting and Program analysis


Each summer, AABPA and The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration partner to provide students guidance and information about careers in the federal government. 

The day-long program provides a forum for interns to learn from specialists outside the offices in which they work, and from career counselors who can provide realistic appraisals of career prospects and advice on how to get those jobs.  

The training includes:

*   Roundtable discussions with budget and program analysts from agency offices, Capitol Hill, CBO, GAO and OMB

*   Topical sessions on current trends and concerns in budget and program analysis, and

*   Career development panels on applying and interviewing for federal positions, managing your career, and making and maintaining professional networks.


Agenda and Presentations 2012 Summer Intern Program

Agenda and Presentations 2011 Summer Intern Program

Past Speakers from the Summer federal careers program

  • Dan Birns, International Advisor, Department of Energy
  • Paul Binkley, Director of Career Development Services, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Teri Ellison, Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Sandra Gregory, Special Assistant to the USD (Comptroller) Pentagon, Department of Defense
  • Brenna Guarneros, Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Sallyanne Harper, Chief Financial Officer, Government Accountability Office
  • Aaron Jenkins, Program Director, Operation Understanding DC (OUDC)
  • Philip G. Joyce, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, Maryland University
  • Donna McLean, Founder, Donna McLean Associates, former Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and CFO, Department of Transportation
  • Kathryn Newcomer, Director, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Erin O’Brien, Program Examiner, Office of Management and Budget, Education Branch
  • Karin O’ Leary, Budget Officer, Department of Justice
  • Diane Rogers, Chief Economist, Concord Coalition and blogger for the economistmom.com
  • James Saturno, Section Research Manager, Congressional Research Service
  • Jenn Smith, Analyst, Department of Labor
  • Jon Stehle, Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Jeff Sutton, Assistant Director Budget Staff, Department of Justice

Past Topics during the federal careers Program for interns

  • Congress and the Federal Budget Process
  • Chronic Problems in Budgeting
  • The Budget and the Economy
  • Analysts' Roundtable
  • Getting Into the Federal Government: Job Searches, KSAs, and Interviews
  • Finding and Making the Most of Mentors
  • Networking and Selling Yourself
  • Hot Topics in Budgeting and Program Analysis
  • Networking Reception

Universities Participating in PaST Summer programs


American University Harvard University Towson University University of Rochester
Barnard College of Columbia University Indiana University Tulane University

University of South Carolina

Bowie State University Indiana University - Bloomington University of California Berkeley University of Southern California
Brigham Young University Lincoln University University of Connecticut University of Texas at Austin
Capella University Lynn University University of Delaware University of the District of Columbia
Carnegie Mellon University Macalester College University of Georgia University of Virginia
College of William and Mary Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Kentucky University of Washington
Columbia University New York University University of Maryland College Park University of Wisconsin - Madison
Delaware State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

University of Maryland University College Vanderbilt University
Duke University Oakwood University University of Maryland Eastern Shore Villanova University
ECPI College of Technology Ohio University University of Michigan Virginia State University
Fairmont State University Old Dominion University University of Minnesota Virginia Tech
Florida International University Princeton University University of Missouri - Kansas City Washington and Lee University
George Mason University Rutgers University University of North Carolina  
George Washington University Saint Mary's College University of North Carolina at Greensboro  
Georgetown University St. Thomas University University of Northern Iowa  
Georgia State University Syracuse University University of Pennsylvania  
Harvard College Texas A&M University University of Pittsburgh