Federal Government Internships and Fellowships

Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: March 14, 2018


U.S. Department of Education

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: July 15, 2018

  • Part Time and Full time

  • Unpaid

Applicants must:

      • Be at least 16 years of age.

      • Attend an accredited educational institution, including but not limited to; high school, trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university, or graduate school.

        • A recent graduate is ineligible to apply unless he/she can provide confirmed proof of future enrollment.

      • Have permission from the institution at which he/she is currently enrolled to participate in internship program.

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

Summary: The Department of Education (ED) offers internships for students interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the Department's mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The Department works to tailor each intern's experience to the interests, and skills of the interns against the needs of Department offices. In the past, students have completed projects focusing on: Policy analysis and evaluation, Research, Finance, Public affairs and communications, Community outreach, Intergovernmental relations, Legislative affairs, News media, Legal work, and a host of other projects.

Candidates should indicate which offices most interest them in their application (see list here).


Central Intelligence Agency

  • Summer 2019 Application Deadline for Internship, Co-Op and Graduate Studies (Summer 2018 has passed): "Applications received before 1 May 2018 will have the highest chances of being selected and completing the clearance process in time for Summer 2019."

  • Full time

  • Paid

See each internship listing for specific basic and preferred requirements, as such vary by position.

Summary: Are you looking for an exciting and challenging internship or cooperative education experience? Consider employment with the Central Intelligence Agency as an undergraduate student. Opportunities exisits within the areas of Analysis, Clandestine, STEM, Enterprise & Support, and Foreign Language.


The White House

  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

  • Full time (at least 4.5 days per week), September 5-December 7, 2018

  • Unpaid

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be 18 years of age, and must meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:

      • Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution).

      • Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the internship program start date.

      • Are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty--for any length of time--in the two years preceding the internship program start date.

Selection as a White House Intern is based on the following criteria:

      • A commitment to public service

      • Demonstrated leadership in the community

      • A commitment to the mission of the Trump Administration

Summary: A select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House and the Nation. These committed citizens become part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include: conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.

While interns' responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events, including a speaker series and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects within the Executive Office of the President. Most importantly, the internship experience emphasizes community, and interns participate in service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.


NASA History Division Student Internships

  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

  • Full time, 8-10 weeks

  • Unpaid

Qualifications:

      • You must be a U.S. citizen

      • You must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited college or university

      • You must possess strong research and writing skills

      • A background in history or related academic fields is preferable. A background in science and engineering is also desirable.

        Experience with social media, web publication, and editing are highly desirable.

Summary: The NASA History Division preserves NASA's documentary record, stimulates the study of aerospace history, and communicates historical information within NASA and with the public. Student interns assist the History Division by managing our social media accounts, writing features for our website, reviewing the historical manuscripts that we produce, researching historical questions, and performing assorted other support tasks.


U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: Rolling until positions are filled

  • Full time

  • Unpaid

Applicants must be:

      • A U.S. Citizen

      • Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship

      • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (2-4 year institution)

Candidates must be available for the duration of the program to be considered for placement. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in public policy, governmental affairs, public affairs, business and/or community engagement.

To apply for an internship, send your resume to intern@doc.gov. No phone calls please. You will be contacted only if you are a candidate for an internship.

Summary: The mission of the Department of Commerce (DOC) Internship Program is to engage and empower developing leaders with a passion for public service. The program will expose students to opportunities in the Federal Government and the potential to find passion in a career in public service. Interns will gain unique experience though their placement in one of several DOC offices.

Opportunities exisit in the following offices: Office of the Secretary, Office of the Deputy Secretary, Office of Business Liaison, Office of Digital Engagement, Office of Public Affairs, Office of Scheduling and Advance, Executive Secretariat, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, White House Liaison, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the General Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), International Trade Administration (ITA), Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Economic Development Administration (EDA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Opportunities with Deadlines that have Passed for Summer and Fall 2018

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: October 5, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Full Time, 10 week internship
  • Unpaid

To qualify you must:

      • Be a United States citizen

      • Be at least 16 years old

      • Have at least a 3.0 GPA

      • Be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree.

      • Be a college junior, senior, or graduate student. You are considered a college junior if you will be starting your junior year immediately following the completion of your internship.

      • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis.

      • Must be a continuing student. This means that you will be returning to or have the intention at the time of application of returning to your course of study the semester/quarter, immediately following the completion of your internship.

      • Be able to receive and maintain a security clearance.

Summary: The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.


Federal Bureau of Investigation: Honors Internship Program

  • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: October 15, 2017
  • Full time, 10 week internship
  • Paid

To qualify, you must:

      • Have U.S. Citizenship.

      • Attend a college or university full-time as an undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior), graduate, or post-doctorate student. Students are not eligible if graduating before the program start date; exceptions are permitted to students continuing their education in the following immediate semester.

      • Have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application, throughout the application process, and the duration of the internship program.

      • A first semester freshmen or student attending a school who does not provided a GPA will need to meet alternate criteria. Instead of a 3.0 GPA or higher the applicant will have to have maintained at least a 3.0 High School GPA and have scored a 1500 out of 2400 on a SAT (1000 out of 1600 on new SATS) or scored a 21 or higher on an ACT.

      • Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top Secret security clearance

Summary: The Honors Internship Program is a 10-week, paid internship for college undergraduate and graduate students. While exploring our exciting career options, students work side-by-side with FBI employees at our Washington, D.C. area headquarters locations, or in field offices around the country. Open to a wide range of academic areas, this internship offers experiences students can’t find anywhere else.


Federal Bureau of Investigation: Collegiate Hiring Initiative

  • 2018 Application Deadline: October 15, 2017

  • Full time employment

    To apply for the Collegiate Hiring Initiative, applicants must:

        • Have U.S. Citizenship.

        • Attend/have attended a college or university full-time as an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctorate student.

        • Recent graduates must have graduated within 24 months of the program date or 72 months for veterans.

        • Upcoming graduates must graduate by June of the program start year (for example, for the 2018 Collegiate Hiring Initiative, students must graduate by June 2018).

        • Have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application and through graduation.

        • Pass all of the FBI employment background investigation requirements and be able to receive a Top Secret security clearance.

    Summary: The FBI's Collegiate Hiring Initiative recruits graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated with an undergraduate, graduate, or PhD degree to begin their careers in an organization that offers opportunities like no other. From supporting squads and operations to analyzing business processes and ensuring security, recent graduates help support a huge part of the FBI’s mission. The Collegiate Hiring Initiative also gives recent graduates the chance to explore and transition into the many exceptional career paths the FBI has to offer, as well as into other opportunities within the federal government and private sectors.

    Collegiate Hiring Initiative career paths include: Operational Support Technician, Computer Scientist, Data Analyst, Electronics Technician, Forensic Accountant, IT Specialist (General), and IT Specialist - Forensic Examiner (ITS-FE).


    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Pathways Summer Internship Program

    (Undergraduate) (Graduate)

    • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: November 3, 2017 or after 450 undergradute and 400 gradute applications have been received (application opened at 12:01am on October 27)
    • Full Time, 10-12 week internship
    • Paid

    Eligibility: The undergraduate opportunity is open to students who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or accepted for enrollment, in a qualifying degree program or certificate program of a high school, accredited college or university. The graduate student opportunity is open to graduate students who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or accepted for enrollment, in a qualifying graduate degree program of an accredited college or university.

    Summary: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is seeking high potential students to assist in a variety of research and ad hoc projects. You will serve as a student trainee receiving on-the-job training to provide support on various initiatives including market research; creation of a shared electronic knowledge management structure; and other essential start-up activities within the office(s). You will perform assignments under the close supervision of a higher level analyst.

    CFPB is looking for Summer Student Interns in the following divisions (offices):

    • Operations (Administrative Operations, Chief Financial Officer, Human Capital, Procurement, Project Management)

    • Consumer Education & Engagement (Customer Engagement, Financial Education, Financial Empowerment, Older Americans, Servicemember Affairs, and Students)

    • Supervision, Enforcement & Fair Lending (Enforcement, Fair Lending & Equal Opportunity, Supervision Examinations, Supervision Policy)

    • External Affairs (Communications, Community Affairs, Financial Institutions, Consumer Advisory Board & Councils, Intergovernmental Affairs, Legislative Affairs)

    • Legal Division (General Law, Ethics, & Oversight, Litigation, Law & Policy)

    • Research, Markets and Regulations (Card Markets, Deposits, Liquidity Lending & Reporting Markets, Installment Lending & Collections Markets, Mortgage Markets, Regulations, Research)

    • Office of the Director (Strategy, Minority & Women Inclusion, Civil Rights)

    • Consumer Response (Product Section, Stakeholder Services, Operations and Oversight, Data, Analysis and Strategy)

    • Technology & Innovation (Information Security, Data, Design and Development, Infrastructure, Enterprise Platforms, Project Management, Privacy)


    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - Student Honors Program

    • Summer 2018 Application Deadline: February 7, 2018

    • Full Time

    • Unpaid

    Program Requirements:

        • Students must be U.S. Citizens.

        • Students may not have immediate relatives currently employed with the SEC.

        • Prior to appointment, a satisfactory background investigation is required.

        • Students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program. School verification will be required.

        • Students must have the equivalent of a 3.0 or B average.

        • Selection is based on many factors, including academic achievement, writing skills and experience, ability to reason independently and creatively, experience relating to the SEC’s mission, extracurricular activities, and well-rounded background.

    Summary: The SEC boasts a robust Student Honors Program in which students undertake assignments that directly support the SEC's mission to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation through securities and financial market regulation.

    The SEC's Student Honors Program is a ten-week program for undergraduate, graduate, and law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities markets. Students work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission's mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules. SEC Staff members serve as professional mentors, assisting with research and writing projects, as well as providing advice and guidance on career development.