Let me get this right —
Various segments of the government are furloughing employees because of sequestration. Okay – I understand that and it makes sense.
On the other hand, some of the same departments are interviewing and hiring new employees. Hmmmm
Then, today I heard that various government agencies are advertising for interns. That would make sense, interns normally work for free in return for the experience they will gain or they work very cheap. So, imagine how confused I was when I heard how much these “interns” could make…
Here are a few examples of government intern positions…. and the administration insists that there isn’t a debt and spending problem….
- 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.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is under the Department of Commerce, has posted an internship at the National Weather Service with a salary range of $31,315-$62,678.
- The Department of Health and Human Services is shelling out more than $61,000 for a “student extern.”
This will show you that it seems the people doing the hiring aren’t talking to the people placing people on furlough…
On a broader scale, there were more than 2,700 federal jobs posted in the past 10 days across a variety of agencies. This includes 327 jobs at the Department of Agriculture, 149 in the Department of Health and Human Services and 140 at the Department of the Interior. NASA has 23 openings.