Top Ten Federal Internships
US Office of Personnel Management
Internships provide an individual with a monitored or supervised work or service experience where the individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. These learning goals can include: academic learning, career development, skill development, and personal development. Federal internship programs are available to students across a wide variety of disciplines and often take place during the summer.
1. Central Intelligence Agency Internship Program
This unique program is designed to give promising undergraduate students, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies. Interns are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship, or two 90-day summer internships.
2. NASA Contracting Intern Program
The NASA Headquarters Office of Procurement administers the NASA Contracting Intern Program (NCIP) targeted towards recent college graduates in business-related fields. Recent demographic studies revealed that NASA’s procurement workforce in the next five to ten years would likely have insufficient personnel to fulfill the Agency’s Mission. The NCIP was developed in an effort to serve as a training ground for future professionals within the NASA procurement community.
3. Central Intelligence Agency Graduate Studies Internship Program
This program seeks bright graduate students who are focusing on international affairs, languages, economics, geography, cartography, physical sciences, and engineering. Students will also be assessed for permanent employment.
4. American Advantage Capital Scholars Program
Offers paid internships to black and minority students (or graduates) in all fields within top-level federal departments and agencies in Washington, D.C. for a semester (summer, fall, or spring), and it is part of the WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – a combination of work and study with participants who come from across the United States as well as eighty-eight foreign countries and 736 different colleges and universities. Scholarship winners receive tuition for the program, academic study at Georgetown University and throughout the city, housing at a choice of WIP residences, and a weekly stipend. Applications can be submitted anytime. Summer positions fill quickly.
5. National Institute of Health (NIH) Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program
This program provides undergraduate biomedical engineering students the opportunity to participate, under the mentorship of world class scientists in cutting edge biomedical research projects in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.
6. New York State Assembly Internship Program
The Assembly Internship Program gives qualified students the chance to work in the New York State Assembly. As an Intern you will become part of what goes on in the Capitol, how big a part is up to you. Open to All Majors, the program is not just for political science majors. To be eligible, an applicant must only be: Matriculated in a college degree program or Graduate student.
7. The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) Internships
Through a curriculum consisting of hundreds of courses, lectures, tours, seminars, and other educational experiences, TSA forms an ongoing, systemic center for the study of the humanities, arts, and sciences. Interns are offered unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of educational programming for both adults and children.
8. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Honors College Program
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors College Program introduces undergraduate students pursuing degrees in such areas as accounting, economics, finance, human resource management and information technology/information security, among others, to the regulation of the securities markets and the work of the Commission. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission’s Washington, DC headquarters or in one of its 11 regional and district offices nationwide.
9. White House Internship Program
This program provides students enrolled in a college or university with a unique opportunity to observe government officials and gain practical knowledge about the daily operations of the White House. Interns learn how the Federal government functions and how they can become a part of it.
10. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Intern Program
This program is designed to help recruit and attract exceptional individuals to a broad spectrum of occupations within HUD. The program offers interns professional experiences and formal training opportunities that are tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests while allowing students to earn money to continue their education.