Department of the Interior Internship
The Mission of the Department of the Interior is to protect and provide access to our Nation's natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes and our commitments to island communities.
Leadership and Performance: Intern Programs
DOI University’s Intern Programs provide a planned, systematic, competency-based approach to developing future leaders, at all levels, for the Department of the Interior. The Governmentwide Acquisition Management Intern Program, Office of the Secretary Management Intern Program, and the R. Schuyler Lesher Financial Management Career Intern Program offer enhanced development opportunities for high potential future leaders.
The Governmentwide Acquisition Management Intern Program is a three-year program designed to employ federal government Contract Specialists and to develop them into procurement professionals and government business leaders of the future. Interns complete four six-month rotational assignments in sponsoring Departments and Agencies. Interns receive technical and business skills training including contract administration, price and cost analysis, customer service, project management and presentation skills. Participants are hired at the GS 7/9 levels with full promotion potential to GS-13. Upon completion of the two-year training program, interns will complete a year-long apprenticeship with one of the sponsoring agencies. For more details on this program, including points of contact, please click on the title link above.
The Office of the Secretary Management Intern Program is a two-year program designed to recruit, develop, and retain a group of diverse future leaders for the Department’s management functions. The interns complete six four-month rotational assignments in Interior’s Policy, Management and Budget offices, which include finance, budget, personnel, environmental policy, policy analysis and acquisition. Interns receive on-the-job training during their rotational assignments and they also receive formal classroom training in business skills such as customer service, briefing techniques, and automation applications; leadership/supervisory skills; human resource/equal opportunity program requirements; and specialty job-related knowledge.
Participants are recruited at the GS 7 level. Once the two-year training program is complete, interns will be permanently placed in one of the Department’s Policy, Management and Budget Offices in a position that has a full performance level of GS-12. For more details on this program, including points of contact, please click on the title link above.
The R. Schuyler Lesher Financial Management Career Intern Program is a three-year program that focuses on providing practical work experience and rotational assignments with supplemental academic training and cross training for a broad perspective of the Department’s financial management process. The program is designed to develop the future financial leaders at the Department of the Interior.
Interns are recruited at the GS-7 level and have promotion potential to the GS-12. They are hired by the finance offices in the participating bureaus, and are carried on their rolls from day one. For more details on this program, including points of contact, please click on the title link above.
The Mission of the Department of the Interior is to protect and provide access to our Nation’s natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes and our commitments to island communities.
Interior has established five Departmental goals that encompass the major responsibilities of the Department. These goals provide a framework for the strategic plans of Interior’s bureaus. The Departmental goals are as follows:
- -Resource Protection – Protect the Nation’s Natural, Cultural, and Heritage Resources
- -Resource Use – Manage Resources to Promote Responsible Use and Sustain a Dynamic Economy
- -Recreation – Provide recreation opportunities for America
- -Serving Communities – Safeguard lives, property and assets, advance scientific knowledge, and improve the quality of life for communities we serve
- -Management Excellence – Manage the Department to be highly skilled, accountable, modern, functionally integrated, citizen-centered and result-oriented