The U.S. federal human resources officials experience difficulty attracting and retaining new employees despite increasing spending on recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives. The U.S. federal human resources officials used the Federal Career Intern Program hiring authority to hire recent university graduates during the 2000s until the program ended in 2010. The purpose of the current interpretative phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of former federal career interns to understand and interpret the meaning of their internal retention decisions to remain in civil service positions. Eight former federal career interns from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management agreed to participate in the current study. Participants revealed three themes (satisfying basic needs, achieving career growth objectives, and discerning public service maturation), which contributed toward their decisions to remain civil servants after their internships ended. Meanings federal career interns associated with their decisions to remain in civil service positions were an amalgam of altruist and pragmatic perspectives. From an altruist perspective, the participants believed their decisions to remain in civil service were unique acts of citizenship to be positive forces shaping public policy. From a pragmatic perspective, federal career interns felt their decisions to remain civil servants were prudent acts during an economic downturn to build skills and knowledge towards follow-on career opportunities within or outside federal service.
|Advisor:||Miller, Leslie A.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Career decision, Employee retention, Federal Career Intern Program, Federal career interns, Human resources, Recent university graduates|
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