: Federal Diversity Internship Initiative
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
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- 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
I was offered the opportunity to intern at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs during the summer of 2012. Going through the internship program with TWC was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had during my college years. The internship itself was beneficial (and led to more exciting internships), and the additional workshops offered through TWC have helped me to advance my career goals.
Kaitlyn Borysiewicz, Christopher Newport University
My experience in the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative was a rewarding experience. I started as a summer intern in 2012 at the Federal Aviation Administration working in policy, rules and regulations for the Aviation Safety Division and I am still working at this great agency. This initiative has helped me develop a career path in the federal government, and I have found my passion in public service. Definitely, The Washington Center was the key that opened the door to a lot of new opportunities.
Miriam Gonzalez, California State University-Fresno
In summer 2008, I interned at the Internal Revenue Service on a team that was tasked with reengineering the personnel security process. During just a short ten-week internship, my colleagues and I discovered a passion for change, reinvention, and cost savings in government as we worked hard to implement new procedures in the background investigation process. I went on to continue my career in public service, working for the IRS and the National Institutes of Health after college.
James Miceli, Villanova University