The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service announced that Kimerie Johnlouis, a student in the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, has been selected to serve as a U.S. Forest Service Student Ambassador for the 2012-13 academic year. A unique recruiting tool for federal agencies, the Ambassadors program enlists students to promote job and internship opportunities to their fellow classmates on campuses nationwide. The Partnership created the Ambassadors program in response to research that found the best messengers to reach students about federal employment opportunities are their peers.
Johnlouis is one of 10 students selected specifically by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. Forest Service for a unique job recruitment effort with the Forest Service. The Forest Service is looking to Johnlouis to help promote a wide-range of occupations including forestry technicians, law enforcement officers, engineers, program analysts, biological science technicians and more.
Despite the array of opportunities, the Forest Service and other federal agencies have trouble attracting students because of a lack of knowledge about job opportunities and how to apply for them.
"The Ambassadors program is a win-win for federal agencies and student job seekers looking to make a difference," said federal jobs expert Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. "It's a low-cost and effective way for agencies to reach top students and fill mission-critical job and internship openings."
As a Forest Service Student Ambassador, Johnlouis serves as an on-campus resource for Forest Service job and internship information, providing "insider" tips on where to find and how to land positions within the agency. Johnlouis is already hard at work, conducting presentations and workshops at the University of New Mexico and collaborating with career services representatives and faculty members.
To be eligible for the program, students must complete an internship with the U.S. Forest Service.
In addition to the Forest Service, the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development and Interior, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office participate in the Ambassadors program.
The Forest Service Student Ambassadors program is part of the Partnership for Public Service's Federal Student Ambassadors program. Through the Partnership's Call to Serve initiative, the organization partners with more than 750 campuses and 75 federal agencies to inspire a new generation to serve.