Getting Your Foot in the Door: Finding an Internship with the Federal Government

Student Opportunities--internships and fellowships

(Note that while sometimes the term “internship” means what we typically think of as an internship, others times it is used to mean a one to two year position with training and the possibility of regular employment to follow)

Spotlight on Careers offers information specifically targeted to students
Partnership for Public Service offers internship information
Office of Personnel Management describes the student educational employment program – a program that offers a range of opportunities from part-time summer jobs unrelated to your field of interest to work within your field of interest that could lead to a permanent position after graduation
StudentJobs is a joint project between US OPM and US Dept. of Education; educational opportunities available to students through federal government
STEP – Student Temporary Employment Program –- enables students to get a part time job during the school year or a summer job
Federal Career Intern Program--entry level two-year appointments with simplified hiring process. Can lead to regular employment; offered by individual agencies
Outstanding Scholar Program – entry-level positions, offered by certain agencies for college graduates with GPA of 3.5/4.0 or better, or in upper 10% of graduating class. Requires searching to identify these opportunities
National Security Education Program (NSEP) awards scholarships to undergraduates for study abroad in areas critical to the country's national security. The program also provides fellowships to students in graduate programs to develop expertise in the languages and cultures of less commonly studied countries. NSEP awardees agree to work for a federal agency involved in national security affairs after graduation.
The Department of Commerce's Ronald H. Brown Commercial Service Fellowship provides tuition, room and board for three years for undergraduates interested in economics and public policy. After college, but before entering graduate school in public policy, fellows work for Commerce and are appointed to an overseas position following graduation
The U.S. Army's Research Laboratory offers a three to twelve month research opportunity for students to pursue in biological and medical sciences, information technology, computer science and other related disciplines. It is one of many educational and research opportunities administered by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Internship program with the Department of Labor
Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) – program for students with disabilities List of agencies participating in the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program

Graduate School and Post-graduate Opportunities

(Note that the term “internship” as used here means a one- to two-year position with training and the possibility of regular employment to follow, not what we typically think of as an internship)

The Environmental Protection Agency's STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Graduate Fellowship Program – awards 60 graduate education fellowships for masters and doctoral-level students each year to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmental fields
Presidential Management Intern Program is a wo-year program for students who have completed graduate school and with demonstrated interest in public policy and management; requires nomination from student's school. Can be converted to permanent position
The National Security Agency's Graduate Training Program pays for a master's degree in computer science, electrical or computer engineering, systems engineering or information operations at the Naval Postgraduate School or the Air Force Institute of Technology. Candidates are assigned to a full-time position at NSA headquarters upon completion of the degree
Howard Hughes Medical Institute / National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program--each year 42 medical and dental students spend nine months to a year conducting biomedical research with senior NIH scientists through this program. Scholars receive a salary while living in a residential community with other participants and are eligible for a scholarship for their remaining year or two of school