Feds offering high-paid internships despite sequester
Remember the days when an internship involved working strange hours, fetching coffee and making copies -- for free, or maybe minimum wage?
Those days are over, if you’re lucky enough to snag one with the federal government.
Despite this new season of sequestration, a host of federal agencies continue to offer high-paying internships, often requiring applicants have little more than a mediocre GPA and a year of college under their belt.
A cursory search Wednesday on the USA Jobs federal employment website showed 84 open internships and student programs posted in the last 10 days.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, even as it warns it will have to furlough meat and poultry inspectors later this year, has recently posted 12 openings. One opening for a student trainee at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Iowa offers up to $24.16 an hour.
One NASA internship advertised on the site pays up to a whopping $83,126 -- though that level of pay appears to apply only to those in a doctoral program.
“It doesn’t surprise me but it does strike me as odd,” Tad DeHaven, a budget analyst with the Cato Institute, told FoxNews.com.
The internship postings, along with postings for thousands of other government jobs, continue to go up despite warnings from federal agencies about the Draconian cuts they will have to make to comply with the sequester. On Wednesday night, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued a warning to employees about the effects on the agency. He also rolled out a number of new cost-cutting guidelines. Scaling back internships wasn’t one of them.
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