MBA student promotes public service

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jason Grunin selected for federal service ambassador program

Jason GruninJason Grunin, a first-year MBA student at The University of Tulsa, has been selected to serve as a federal service student ambassador for the 2010-11 academic year.

The prestigious Ambassadors program enlists students to promote public service on U.S. college campuses. Forty-seven students representing 40 schools were selected from more than 150 applicants.

As an ambassador, Grunin will serve as an on-campus resource for federal job and internship information, providing “insider” tips on where to find and how to land coveted federal jobs. Responsibilities range from conducting presentations and workshops to collaborating with campus career services representatives.

“Many students don’t consider working for the U.S. government, either because they don’t know about the opportunities or because of our location in Tulsa,” Grunin said. “However, there’s a job for every major and internships for students.”

More than 720 campuses and 75 federal agencies have joined the Call to Serve network, which is a joint effort of the private, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to educate youths about the importance of a strong civil service, help re-establish links between federal agencies and college campuses, and provide students with information about federal jobs.

“There is no better place to work on critical issues that affect our country on a grand scale than the federal government,” said Caroline Pettit, the Ambassadors program manager. “Our student ambassadors are on campuses now, helping classmates find dream jobs where they can make a difference working on issues ranging from protecting our environment to ending poverty.”

To be eligible for the program, students had to complete a federal government internship. This year’s ambassadors had internships at agencies ranging from the Peace Corps to the CIA to the Treasury Department.

According to research by the Partnership for Public Service, the federal government will fill more than 50,000 entry-level jobs in the next 12 months, along with approximately 60,000 paid internships. There are jobs and internships available in practically every major, interest and skill level, in all 50 states and around the world.

Call to Serve resources include a website for young job seekers, For more information on this and similar programs, go to To find a listing of available federal government jobs, go to


Mona Chamberlin