Department of Education Internship

Department of Education Internship

Secretary Spellings works with students at Ross Global Charter School in NYC, where she announced an $8.3 million grant to Civic Builders, Inc., as part of the U.S. Dept. of Education's Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Grants Program.

The Department has internships available for interested students throughout the school year. Internships provide students with an experience in government through real work responsibilities. An application to participate in the Department’s program and additional information is found below.

NOTE TO ALL PROSPECTIVE INTERNS from Ann Nawaz, Office of the Deputy Secretary

Subject: Application Process

The U.S. Department of Education always has internships available for interested students during all semesters and quarters of the school year including the summer. We are always interested in having student volunteers work in the agency to provide them with an experience that exposes them to government, public policy and work with responsibilities. I coordinate the internships within the agency. However, individuals may contact specific offices. The application is the same throughout the agency.

The attached material provides all prospective student volunteers/interns with the necessary information to apply for such a position. None of these positions are paid. If you are interested in a paid position, you must go through the agency’s personnel office, but there are very few if any of these jobs.

Please get your application, letter and other materials submitted in a timely fashion so there is time to get you properly placed based on your interests and experiences. We try to place individuals based on their interests. Therefore, in your letter explain what type of work you want to do or your interests. This will help us in placing you. It would also be helpful to send a writing sample. Someone from an office in the Department will be contacting you by telephone or email as a follow up for a placement.

Internships are available in specific offices and programs as well as types of work. Some examples of types of work include:

• Policy Analysis
• Evaluation and Research
• Project and program management
• Finance
• Public Affairs and communications
• External Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations
• Legislative Affairs
• Technology systems
• Legal work

And some examples of specific topics or offices are:

• Elementary and Secondary Education
• Student Financial Aid
• Higher Education
• Special Education
• Vocational and Adult Education
• Civil Rights
• Bilingual Education
• Reading
• After-school programs
• Leadership and teacher development
• Safe and drug free schools
• International education

My recommendation is to send your completed materials six and eight weeks prior to your starting date. There are no deadlines but the more time we have to review the materials the better the opportunity to make a placement close to your interests.

I look forward to receiving your application or applications from students in your program.

Ann Nawaz
Office of the Deputy Secretary



It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide educationally related work assignments for student volunteers and interns. The assignments for these individuals are a means of acquainting students with the mission of ED and assisting them in formulating their future career plans. The Department’s mission is “to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.”


The Student Volunteer/Intern -

• Must have permission of the institution at which he/she is enrolled to participate in the program.

• Must be enrolled not less than half time in a course of study related to the work to be performed.

• Must be currently attending a high school, trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university or other accredited educational institution.

• Recognizes that the services performed will not be compensated by the agency.

Must be willing to sign a written document of agreement between ED and the student and his/her educational institution outlining the responsibilities of each.


• Students must be at least 16 years of age.

• Students are not Federal employees, but their services may be creditable as experience under examination rating schedules.

• Students are covered under Government provisions for compensation for work injuries and relating to tort claims.

• Students are neither covered by nor entitled to: 1) annual or sick leave; 2) life or health insurance; 3) retirement benefits; 4) compensation for travel; or 5) credit for service computation date.


Student Volunteer appointments are not to exceed one year and the working hours are agreed upon by the student and the supervisor. The supervisor will provide the student with a copy of the Statement of Duties that will explain the duties to be performed.

In order to participate in this program, the student must complete the following documents:

• Cover letter describing the individual’s interests including an explanation of what they might want to do in the Department of Education. This need not be a job in a specific education topic or area but one in management, finance, public affairs, technology services, policy analysis, evaluation, project or program management, external affairs, legislation and many others. The letter should also include approximate dates that the individual will be available for internship.

• Current Resume

• Signed Volunteer Agreement – all three sections should be completed.

These forms should be submitted to:

Ann Nawaz
Office of the Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Room 7E230
Washington, D.C. 20202
If you have questions, please call 202-401-5344

The application can be found at:

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