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Opportunities in the Federal Government
Hey #Hoyas – interested in opportunities in the federal government but not sure where to start? Many departments and agencies offer a wide range of opportunities that might fit your interests. You may also discover some you didn’t even know existed.
Here are some resources to help you get organized for Fall 2021- Summer 2022 Federal Government And Intelligence Community Opportunities: bit.ly/gov-careersBack to Top
Victory Congressional Internship
Spring ’22: Apply here. Deadline: Sept. 26th, 2021
Summer ’22: Apply here. Deadline: Jan. 9th, 2022
Fall ’22: Apply here. Deadline: April 17th, 2022
The Victory Institute’s Victory Congressional Internship is developing the next generation of LGBTQ public leaders. Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBTQ undergraduate students to Washington, DC, for an intensive leadership program, including:
- An 8 or 10 week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBTQ-friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process; and
- An educational and leadership development program to learn about careers in policy-making and engage with subject-matter experts in the District of Columbia working across sectors.
In December, students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference for three days of training, skills building, networking, and discussion alongside hundreds of openly LGBTQ leaders in government, politics, advocacy, business, and community organizations.
The Victory Congressional Internship prepares young LGBTQ people to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world.
Online Application will ask for the following:
- Professional Resume (one-page)
- Unofficial Transcript
- Two Essay Responses
- Professional Headshot
- Professional Biography
- Demographic Information
Sent directly via email:
- One Letter of Recommendation
You will need to submit one letter of recommendation – either from an academic institution or from someone who can speak to your leadership skills. Please have your recommender email the letter directly to Lucy Arthur-Paratley, Domestic Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Free housing accommodations in downtown DC
- Living wage stipend to cover other living expenses in DC equal to $15 per hour
- Airfare or other transportation to and from Washington, DC, at the beginning and end of the program
- Academic credit (depending on each participant’s college or university), and
- Airfare, shared hotel, and conference fees covered for the Victory Institute’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in December 2021
The Victory Congressional Internship is open to undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations. Women, people of color, trans individuals, individuals with disabilities and individuals from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Must be LGBTQ+ to qualify. Note that “allies” of the LGBTQ community do not qualify.
All applicants must meet the following criteria to satisfy the Victory Institute and Congressional requirements:
- U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or permit to work in the U.S. (Foreign students with F-1 visas are not eligible)
- 18 years of age before the day of arrival in Washington, D.C.
- Currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program, will have completed at least one year by the beginning of the program; program participants must have at least one full semester remaining after the program has completed (i.e., students graduating prior to or during the course of the internship program are not eligible and must graduate at least at the end of the following semester)
- Applicants from a diverse array of disciplines are encouraged
- Active participation in public and/or community service activities
For questions regarding the Victory Congressional Internship Program, please contact Lucy Arthur-Paratley, Domestic Programs Manager, at email@example.com.
Elizabeth Dole Foundation Programs Intern
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is seeking an Intern to support its Programs team starting in Fall 2021. The Intern would be responsible for supporting the team and assisting in providing coordination of programs, meetings and calls with EDF’s stakeholders.
• Assist in facilitating monthly update and enrichment calls for the Dole Fellows and the Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community
• Assist in overseeing and providing support for EDF Fellows Program Coordinator for Fall events schedule
• Support administration functions for EDF Programs team to include (but not limited): managing inbox to respond to caregiver inquiries, coordinating mailings to Hidden Heroes Cities officials and Fellows, supporting meeting preparation, note taking, etc.
• Assist in coordination of weekly call with EDF Fellows Program Coordinator and HCC Program Coordinator to check in on the status of the Fellows Program
• Other duties as assigned
• Excellent interpersonal skills for internal and external communication
• Excellent organization and time management skills; attention to detail
• Highly energized to engage and respond to the perspectives of a broad range of stakeholders, especially the ability to work with donors with an excellent service ethic
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Knowledge of the not-for-profit environment
• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for EDF’s mission
• Ability to work under pressure and meet numerous deadlines
• Sensitivity to and understanding of people
• Excellent ability to interact on a professional level with all levels of staff, membership, and outside organizations
• Maintains excellent ethics and values and respects the Foundation’s mission
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
This Foundation is seeking an Intern based in Washington, DC., with the ability to work from home and within an office environment and have significant interaction via telephone, videoconference, slack, and email with EDF’s national team.
The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or military and veteran caregiver status.Back to Top
OPM Student Volunteer Program
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) leads and serves the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. OPM provides leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. At OPM, we recruit, retain, and honor the American workforce that is landing rovers on Mars, fighting a global pandemic, and building this country back better.
- Enrolled as a degree-seeking student in good academic standing with at least a half-time course load at undergraduate, graduate, or professional school.
- Have an interest in at least one of the following areas:
o Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs
o Data Management
o Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
o Human Capital/Resource Management
o IT Modernization
• Gain exposure to public service while enhancing your educational goals and shaping your career choices
• Work with federal agencies under the Biden-Harris Administration
• Earn school credit
• Flexible work schedules and assignments*
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student volunteers will perform work virtually.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit your resume and proof of enrollment to Jason Tengco, OPM’s White House Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit an optional cover letter describing your interest in volunteering with OPM.
For more information, visit www.opm.gov.
OPM is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit. OPM provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff Digital Intern
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff seeks a motivated and reliable student to fill a full-time digital intern position this fall.
Digital intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, content creation, graphic design, manual photography, videography, website maintenance, analytics and performing other press and administrative tasks as necessary. Successful candidates will possess familiarity with programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Canva, OBS Studio, as well as compiling and interpreting social media analytics.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapid response environment and willingness to learn is a must; sense of humor strongly encouraged. This position reports to the communications director. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume and portfolio to email@example.comBack to Top
House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff Press Intern
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform Majority Staff seeks a motivated, reliable, and detail-oriented student with a passion for communications to fill a full-time press intern position this fall. The ideal candidate should be a strong writer, team player, and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
Press intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, compiling press clips, maintaining press lists, and drafting press releases. This position reports to the communications director and broader communications team. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to Top
The Mellman Group Political Public Opinion Research Internship
We are always looking for interns interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics and a statistics background to work on public opinion research for political campaigns, public interest groups, membership organizations and businesses. Ideal person is interested in public opinion polling with a commitment to Democratic politics and has a statistics background. The primary internship responsibilities include:
- Conducting background research on candidates, opponents, or potential clients
- Editing memos, PowerPoint presentations and proposals
- Reading and understanding crosstab banners and topline questionnaires
- Monitoring polls the first night they are in the field
- Sorting quotes from focus group transcripts
- Creating focus group handout summaries
- Some administrative work when necessary
Knowledge of SPSS, statistics, or quantitative analysis would be helpful, but not required. Applicants must be able to work fast, have a commitment to detail and accuracy, handle a high-pressured working environment, and work well in a team atmosphere in a small office. This is a full-time position with a 40 hour work week. Applicants must be available to work between 9am-6pm ET, and have a flexible schedule to work early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, staff and interns are currently working remotely, though once it is safe, staff and interns will be expected to work in our DC office. Pay is $15/hr. Casual workplace.
Send resume and cover letter to: email@example.comBack to Top
Punchbowl News Fellow
Punchbowl News is looking for a journalist to join their team as a paid fellow for six months. More info from Punchbowl: We are a news publication with a 3x daily newsletter publishing Monday through Friday. Journalism experience of at least two years is required. The fellow would be involved in producing, copy-editing and publishing the newsletters. Attention to detail and being able to work under time-sensitive deadlines is critical. Other responsibilities include prepping newsletters, social media engagement, finding relevant articles for the newsletters and writing projects for new products.
This is an hourly paid position.
We would require somebody to work at a minimum between the hours of 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. There would be opportunities for additional hours based on discreet projects and need.
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to Top
374Water Government Affairs Internship
374 Water‘s Government Affairs Intern(s) will have the opportunity to join a fast growing hard science, start up that is changing the water and waste paradigms globally. 374Water’s cleantech, decentralized infrastructure systems will enter the government regulated markets of water, air, chemicals, and waste. 374Water’s decisions to focus on certain markets, channels, geographies and opportunities will be directly informed by the work GA Intern(s) perform.
The goals of these projects are to map out for the company in a clean, structured way the various paths to market in different geographies and who in the regulatory and legislative fields should 374Water be engaging with. The position is remote, but at project end, the intern(s) will (at their option) meet 374Water team members in Washington D.C. for final work assessments and meetings with target decision makers on Capitol Hill. There will be an opportunity to join the 374Water team full time as its lead Government Affairs Associate at the end of the program.
Accepting applications currently and would like to hire immediately for this unpaid internship. Send resume and cover letter to Steve McKnightBack to Top
National Republican Congressional Committee
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is looking for interns in each of our divisions. We are looking for politically interested undergraduate students that want to gain marketable skills, lifelong connections, and have an enjoyable experience interning at our Washington, DC headquarters. Your internship will allow you to contribute measurable value to the NRCC’s operations and stay connected with the organization long after your last day as an intern.
To apply for an NRCC internship, please click below and email your resume and introduction to: email@example.com
Please note that while the NRCC’s official internship program is currently paused due to COVID-19-related restrictions, they are accepting and reviewing resumes on a rolling basis for internships as early as they can accommodate them. Please check the NRCC page for developing updates about their internship program.Back to Top
Andrew Goodman Foundation
The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to students. Our vision is that young people will become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. Join us during this critical time for American democracy and help shape the next generation of civic leaders.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is hiring for several positions in the Programs department.Back to Top
As a full-service public affairs agency, Story Partners has deep expertise and a wide range of traditional and social media skills to meet your challenge and drive to victory. Known for our winning strategies, creativity and zealous determination to win—we offer clients exceptional strength in seven service areas critical to public affairs campaign success.
Story Partners is seeking fall interns. The virtual intern program provides a substantive, hands-on experience in a fast-paced workplace. The ideal candidate is a motivated, self-starter and creative thinker. We encourage students with a communications background or an interest in the role of public affairs in the political process to apply.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Drafting a wide selection of written and creative materials
- Monitoring news coverage (traditional and digital) for client issues
- Facilitating a variety of social media engagements and analysis
- Building and maintaining reporter databases
- Conducting media and issues-related research
This internship will be offered virtually and work hours can be tailored to class schedules.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter Rachael Parry: Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to Top