Students Mike Lavin and David Chadowski interviewed for government jobs.

Students Interview for Government Jobs

Students in Notre Dame’s Academic Support Center interviewed for government jobs with a Workforce Recruitment Program representative in October.

The federally funded program gives students with documented learning disabilities the opportunity to interview and apply for thousands of government jobs. Gretchen Walsh, the director of the Academic Support Center, applied for the program on behalf of her students for the second year in a row. Students will begin receiving calls as early as December. 

Of the 100 ASC students, 17 juniors and seniors interviewed with Scott Coburn of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Office of Equal Opportunity Programs in Columbus, Ohio. Their information was uploaded into a government database, which allows individual government entities to contact students directly regarding employment. Last year, of the 14 students who interviewed two were offered and accepted summer job positions. 

“We are extremely grateful and honored to have this distinguished program on campus again this year,” Walsh said. “It provides our students with a unique opportunity to gain excellent interviewing skills while also applying for hundreds of positions at once. I’m hopeful that more of our students will be contacted again this year, and that because of this program, more of our excellent students will be hired for government positions this upcoming year.”

Marcie Estepp, services coordinator for the Academic Support Center, registered the students and prepared them for the interviews. 

“The students of the ASC are exceptionally well-prepared to enter the world of work,” Estepp said. “They are anxious to turn the knowledge they have gained from their education at Notre Dame into real world experience. These positions offered by the government provide our students with those types of opportunities.”