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Careers in Government

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Our graduates have been hired have been hired by the regulatory or research agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute of Health (NIH), US Patent Office, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the US Geological Survey.  Examples of positions within these agencies include Solar Engineer, Engineer I and Patent Examiner.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the many agencies that is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Other agencies within the department include the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Indian Health Service (IHS).  BEEs have the opportunity to work on issues involving food, drugs, medical devices, vaccines, blood, biologics, animals, cosmetics, combination products, radiation-emitting products, and tobacco.  There are many different centers within the FDA such as the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, or the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  Further descriptions of the offices can be found http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices.   BEEs who work at the FDA can be involved in a variety of different tasks such as reviewing 510(k)s, PMAs, classifying recalls, and writing warning letters.  Typically, one would be assigned to  work on a specific set of devices such as orthopedic devices or neurology devices.  There are also a variety of research-based positions available at the FDA.

Besides applying for jobs with the government by going to https://www.usajobs.gov, you can also apply for special programs such as the Presidential Management Fellow Program or the Medical Device Fellow Program.

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