Sample Internship Sites*
The Washington Center works with federal agencies to provide internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Positions are available at a number of agencies each term, which have included (but are not limited to):
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Department of Treasury
- U.S. Census Bureau
- National Archives and Records Administration
- and more!
*You should be aware that some of the positions available are not located in Washington, D.C. Students have interned in the following states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, among others.
Sample Internship Descriptions
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
The internship offers real world museum experience to students interested in pursuing a career within the field. We assign a variety of collections and exhibits related projects to our interns. The intern's project would be assisting with inventory through storage organization and reconfiguration. The intern will learn about the proper procedures for inventory and storage conditions; condition reporting, how to handle objects, museum terminology, storage techniques, micro-environments, object material sensitivity, and museum database skills (through data entry and object photography).
- Interest in working with museum collections
- Intern should be detail oriented, organized, and able to work independently
- Intern must be able to work as a team and accept constructive criticism
- Average or above average level of computer literacy (skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Excel, Access, and a collection database would be an advantage)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Washington-Dulles International Airport
The internship offers a hands-on experience to students who are interested in the aviation management career field. Students will have the opportunity to witness airport operations, including those from a flight tower and air-traffic control operations, while lending support where required.
- Provide administrative support for the air traffic control operation at the FAA Control Tower at Washington-Dulles International Airport
- Assist in the preparation of audio visual presentations
- Receive visitors and conduct facility tours
- Prepare data for analysis
- Compile reports
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
VA Medical Center
The internship offers a practical healthcare-related experience to students who are interested in both long-term rehabilitative care and support to veterans who have been wounded in the line of duty. Specifically, the intern will speak to veterans groups and clinicians educating on prosthetic programs; write standard of operations for clothing allowance and auto adaptive; update position descriptions for prosthetic positions; and work with and attend meetings of prosthetic committees (Major Medical, Home Oxygen, HISA).
- Average or above average level of computer literacy
- Some knowledge of prosthetics
- Experienced in communications
“During the summer, I interned with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA employs some of the best lawyers, financial advisors, and analysts in the industry, and through observation, I learned a great deal about the aviation industry. I was able to review policies, procedures, and benefits while also implementing my own useful ideas to assist the department. I am truly thankful for The Washington Center giving me the opportunity to intern with the FAA. I would recommend doing an internship under the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative to anyone interested in getting some real world experience.”
Rachel Rabusa, Hampton University
“My experience as an intern with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs was one of the most rewarding experiences of my collegiate career. I had the honor of working with an amazing group of people whose influence and advice was invaluable. As a graduating senior, I have taken both the professional skills and career advice I received during my internship into consideration as I make decisions about my future. I will forever be grateful for The Washington Center providing me with such an amazing opportunity.”
Breanna Crawley, Howard University
"My internship at the United States Census Bureau during the summer of 2014 has allowed me to develop professionally and personally and to network with people just as passionate about work as I am. The Washington Center offered great opportunities for growth and learning and provided me with the skills needed to succeed at my internship. I am very grateful for the opportunity TWC gave me... this is a life changing experience."
Jennifer Rios, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras