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Government offers a variety of intern programs

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Internships provide an individual with a monitored or supervised work or service experience where the individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience.

Internship Programs


Arizona, City of Phoenix:
Established in 1950, the City of Phoenix Management Intern Program offers a one-year internship to individuals who have earned or completed course work towards a master's degree in public administration, business administration or related field. As one of the oldest, most respected municipal management training programs in the United States, the management internship is designed to attract, develop and retain innovative people in local government.

Argonne National Laboratory Student Research Participation Program:
The program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct 15 weeks of basic scientific research in the areas of: Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering. Some students may have the opportunity to conduct applied research in the areas relating to: Coal, Conservation, Environmental Impact and Technology, Fission, and Fusion Technology.

Association of Schools of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASPH/CDC/ATSDR) Internship Program:
The Internship Program is a part of a cooperative agreement between the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The program is designed to provide an opportunity for students of public health to gain exposure to state-of-the-art public health information while furthering their knowledge and skills. Students selected for the program work with leading experts in all areas of public health as they apply their education to real life scenarios.

Central Intelligence Agency Internship Program:
This unique program is designed to give promising undergraduate students, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, the opportunity to gain practical work experience to complement their academic studies.

Central Intelligence Agency Graduate Studies Internship Program:
This program seeks bright graduate students who are focusing on international affairs, languages, economics, geography, cartography, physical sciences, and engineering. Students will also be assessed for permanent employment.

Community Summer Science Program (CSSP) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory:
The 6-week program is designed to assist students who have completed their junior or senior high school year with their science-based career plans. Students will receive lectures and demonstrations from scientists; hands-on workshops; research opportunities; tours of major science facilities; and group discussions with subject speakers.

DC Safe Passages Summer Programs
The Department of Employment Services (DOES) has several summer and year-round programs to help young people in the District of Columbia make a smooth transition to the 21st century workforce. The Passport to Work Youth Employment Services programs are designed to help young adults, ages 14 to 21, gain the valuable skills and training experience needed to succeed in the labor market, classroom, and society.

Department of State Student Internship Program:
This program offers students an opportunity to work in Washington, DC and at embassies overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid, and many positions are available during spring, summer and fall. Interns gain valuable work experience that will help them in virtually every endeavor, whether they choose to work in government or in the private sector.

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI):
The program provides college/university undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in ongoing science and engineering laboratory research programs with the U.S. Department of Energy and its participating facilities. The programs are 10 to 16 weeks in length.

Faculty and Student Teams (FaST) Program:
The program provides faculty/students from colleges/universities with limited research capabilities and opportunities to prepare and professionally develop students for careers in science, engineering, computer sciences, and technology. The program also seeks to assist women and minorities underrepresented in these fields of study.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC):
This 24-month professional development program is designed to develop broad program management knowledge of the agency. FDIC is seeking talented individuals: intelligent, motivated men and women with maturity, good judgment skills, spirit, imagination, energy, and a commitment to excellence for careers in public service. FDIC may use the program to recruit for such positions as: Accountants, Banking Analysts, Bank Examiners, Compliance Examiners, Economist/Financial Economists, Financial Analysts, Human Resource Specialists, Information Technologies, Resolution and Receivership Specialists.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Career Intern Program:
This 24-month professional development program is designed to develop broad program management knowledge of the agency's transportation programs. FHWA is seeking talented individuals: intelligent, motivated men and women with maturity, good judgment skills, spirit, imagination, energy, and a commitment to excellence for careers in public service.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District NASA/Ames Internship Program:
This unique educational program is conducted as a cooperative effort between the NASA/Ames Research Center and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. NASA internship positions are available in a wide range of settings that include private industry, and correspond to almost every college major. It is not intended to be a primary source of income for students nor an apprenticeship or hiring program for NASA/Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. Internships require local residence.

Graduate and Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Internship Program:
The program is designed to enhance the education of students majoring in science, mathematics, engineering, technology, or other areas that support the mission of the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Program. The internships provide students with an intensive introduction to science and engineering careers while under the supervision and guidance of experienced mentors.

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Summer Positions in Nuclear Energy Plant Optimization (NEPO) Research Internship:
The program provides minority graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct research in the Nuclear Energy Plant Optimization. Students will gain invaluable experience while conducting research under the guidance of experienced mentors. The primary areas of focus for the R&D program are plant aging and optimization of electrical production.

Hispanic National Internship Program (HNIP):
This program recruits well-qualified and motivated Hispanic students to work at Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area and at field sites throughout the country. Participating agencies hope to increase diversity in their work force while creating a pipeline of future employees who have had positive, meaningful work experience.

Housing and Urban Development Intern Program:
This program is designed to help recruit and attract exceptional individuals to a broad spectrum of occupations within HUD. The program offers interns professional experiences and formal training opportunities that are tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests while allowing students to earn money to continue their education.

International Atomic Energy Agency Internship:
The IAEA is a member of the United Nations family, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, is an independent intergovernmental science and technology-based organization that serves as the global focal point for nuclear cooperation. This program is offered to technical students in four different types of internships: Computer Science, Open Source Information Collection, Engineering Services, and Technical Writing.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP):
The program provides graduate students with the opportunity to train in scientific and technical areas of mutual interest to the United States and host by working in research laboratories of host countries (France, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, and the Russian Federation). Students will research in areas that are nuclear engineering related or which support scientific research related to such activities.

Law Students Summer Internship Program:
The program accepts both first-year and second-year law students from schools throughout the nation into the civil division and criminal division. Students who demonstrate financial need may apply for stipends. This program is held in the U.S. Attorneys Office, Southern District of New York

Legal Federal Internships by STATE:
This is a link to a list of programs with Federal legal internships within several different agencies in the US. These programs are only focusing on applicants with education background in the legal field.

Maine State Government Summer Internship Program:
The Maine State Government Summer Internship Program is a full-time, 12 week, paid work experience which begins after Memorial Day and lasts for 12 weeks in the summer. The Program combines work experience with an educational program designed to provide students an opportunity to participate in and contribute to Maine State Government.

Minority Access Internship Program:
The program is designed to allow talented undergraduate and graduate students who are currently underrepresented in the managerial, professional, and technical workforce the opportunity to experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the Federal government and other participating entities. The program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the work place.

NASA Contracting Intern Program:
The program provides college graduates with degrees in business-related fields of study with opportunities to participate in a 30-month internship program. This program allows students to launch their careers with one of the most exciting agencies within the Federal government.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program:
This program provides undergraduate biomedical engineering students the opportunity to participate, under the mentorship of world class scientists in cutting edge biomedical research projects in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.

National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering at Argonne National Laboratory:
The program seeks to educate graduate students attending U.S. universities on the utilization of major neutron and x-ray facilities. The student will receive several tutorial lectures by prominent scientists on recent research using neutrons and x-rays. Students pursuing doctorate degrees in physics, chemistry, materials science, or related fields should apply. The program does except a limited number of postdoctoral appointees based on class size.

New York State Assembly:
The Assembly Internship Program gives qualified students the chance to work in the New York State Assembly. As an Intern you will become part of what goes on in the Capitol, how big a part is up to you. Open to All Majors, the program is not just for political science majors. To be eligible, an applicant must only be: Matriculated in a college degree program or Graduate student.

OPIC's Internship Program:
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a small independent agency of the U.S. Government. OPIC sponsors Summer internships that may either be paid or performed for academic credit. OPIC also has volunteer internships during the Fall and Spring semesters, which may be performed for academic credit.

Pre-Service Teacher (PST) Program Internship program:
This program places students in paid internships in science, math, and technology at many different locations. The program seeks students who have decided on a teaching career in one of disciplines. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. They also have the mentorship of a Master Teacher who is currently working in K-12 education as a teacher and is familiar with the research environment of a specific national laboratory.

Public Health Reports (PHR) Internship:
This is the official journal of the United States Public Health Service. The selected student intern will assist the Editor of PHR on most aspects of producing the Journal. The intern will be expected to read new manuscripts and participate in the weekly meeting of the Editorial Committee to review the papers. The intern will assist the manuscript manager in finding appropriate peer reviewers for the papers that are accepted by the Editorial Committee. The intern will conduct library research and check references for the technical editors who are finalizing manuscripts for publication. The intern will manage the mailings of the Journal. The intern will monitor the latest public health news and write excerpts for the News and Notes Column for the Journal. Depending on the skills of the intern, one might be given greater responsibilities to develop new editorial content for the Journal, such as conducting interviews.

Savannah River Site Law Internship Program:
This program provides students opportunities to participate in research on legal aspects of energy-related techniques and procedures, national energy-related problems, and efforts related to their solutions. The program seeks students who have completed their first year in environmental and patent law.

Science & Technology Outreach (S&TO) Student Internship Program (SIP) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL):
This program provides undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, math, engineering, technology, computer science and MIS disciplines with an opportunity to integrate their academic program with work-related experience. This program represents a significant and integral part of the total recruiting strategy in meeting the laborabories' future workforce needs. Selected interns receive extensive hands-on research experiences in a wide variety of scientific and technological disciplines while serving as a vital member of a Sandia research team. The program actively recruits candidates from historically underrepresented groups and encourages students of African American, Asian American, American Indian, and Hispanic backgrounds, as well as other eligible students to apply.

Student Clerical Internship Positions:
This program accepts applications from students year round for a variety of clerical support positions. Students must be at least 16 years of age to work.

Student Space and Biology Research Program:
This program provides an opportunity for high school seniors to be placed in a research environment at NASA Ames.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research:
The National Institutes of Health provides high school up to graduate level students with opportunities to conduct biomedical research. Interns will conduct a minimum 8 weeks of laboratory research and participate in meetings and seminars in their individual laboratories. In addition, with permission from their preceptors, students may also attend formal lectures and symposia.

Summer Legal Internship:
This program provides summer employment opportunities (for up to 8 weeks) for law students who have completed all but their last year of law school or law school graduates who are going on to judicial clerkships.

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG):
This 10-week program offers students with various academic disciplines (junior/community college to graduate school) an opportunity to conduct transportation research while gaining invaluable work experience. Interns are placed in positions around the country and work on current issues facing the transportation industry.

Virginia Capital Semester:
Virginia Capital Semester offers qualified college and university students the opportunity to experience an internship in the state government while continuing their studies on a full-time basis through course work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Internships are arranged with the legislative and executive branches of Virginia government, and with the advocacy and lobbying organizations associated with Virginia government.

Workforce Recruitment Program:
The WRP is designed to assist students with disabilities gain employment with Federal agencies. This program is coordinated by the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. This program also provides opportunities for colleges students with disabilities to explore permanent Federal job options.







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