For students who would like to seek valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration, they can avail of the internship offered by the Department of Education (ED). This internship program gives the student volunteers an opportunity to give meaningful contributions in line with ED’s mission which revolves in promoting student achievement, as well as in preparing these individuals for global competitiveness. By helping out in educational excellence and by ensuring that everyone gets equal access to this, the department assists the students achieve excellence.
The students can choose their internships that may take place in the fall, winter/spring and summer. The internship with the department can last for eight to ten weeks,p while some can opt to stay longer or to shorten is as well, depending on circumstances).
Types of Internships
There are various types of internships that students can choose from depending on their interests and skills. Among these are Policy analysis and evaluation,
Research, Finance, Public affairs and communications, Community outreach, Intergovernmental relations, Legislative affairs, News media, Legal work and other projects.
Applicants can indicate their choice of office in their application through a list of ED’s offices.* Availability of internships, as well as specialized requirements may vary depending on the office,.
Activities for ED Interns
Aside from their offices, the students can also participate in certain events like the Brownbag lunch series with senior ED officials, Tours of D.C. landmarks, Professional development and resume-writing workshops, Social activities. Since the department is basically located in the heart of the nation’s capital, internship is very advantageous.
The Application Process
The Department of Education does not give compensation or housing for the internship program, however, all interns are given Metro Transit benefits to cover transportation to and from work. Students with grants or other outside funding, or school credit for the internship are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible for internship, students must be at least 16 years of age and currently attends an accredited educational institution which may be, but not limited to, highschool, tradeschool, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university or graduate school. Recent graduates may only apply after showing proof of future enrollment.
For currently enrolled students, permission to participate in the internship from the institution from which he/she is enrolled is required and must be enrolled in not less than half time in a course of study related to the work performed.
For international applicants, they can still apply even if they are not US citizens but currently resides in the country as long as they are lawful permanent residents or are non-immigrant aliens with F-1 or J-1 visa status, are bonafide students residing in the country solely to study a course at a recognized and approved institution of education.
How to Apply
To apply, students must submit three documents before they can be considered for interview. These documents include:
- A cover letter
This should contain which particular office you are interested with. However, considering that there may be volumes of applications received by the department, there may be chances that applicants are not assigned to their first choice of office once accepted.
- An updated resume
- A completed copy of the Internship Application Form
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All these should be sent in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov. Don’t forget to specify the exact term (fall, winter/spring, summer) you would like to apply for.
For candidates who would like to have internships with the Office of General Counsel (OGC) please click here. Interested internships outside of OGC are required to submit a separate application with the same instructions above. All interns, including the selected ones by OCG, will be included in the internship programming.
Approximate dates of internship are listed below. It may begin or end before or after the dates indicated.
For Fall, dates of program start from September through December. Submission deadline is on July 15.
For Winter/Spring, dates of program start from January through May. Submission deadline is on October 1.
For Summer, dates of program start from May/June through July/August. Submission deadline is on March 15.
Note that until after the submission deadline, you may not receive any response from the department. Your status of application will be sent to you via email.
During spring, interns work 20 to 40 hours per week, and full time during summer. Although these were created to match the most students’ schedules, these are still negotiable between the intern and his/her office during the interview of the selection process.
For further inquiries regarding the internship program, you can email your questions to StudentInterns@ed.gov.