Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience and help move the needle on education issues in this country?
The Department of Education (ED) may have opportunities that match your interests—and they’re currently accepting applications for interns.
You can explore fields like education policy, education law, business and finance, research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or traditional and digital communications, all while learning about the role federal government plays in education.
Federal interns also participate in professional development sessions and events outside of the office, such as lunches with ED and other government officials, movie nights and tours of the Capitol, Supreme Court and other local sights.
One of the many advantages of interning at ED is its proximity to some of the most historic and celebrated sites in our nation’s capital, all accessible by walking or taking the Metro.
ED is accepting applications for Summer 2017 internships through March 15, 2017.
If you are interested in interning during the upcoming term, there are three things you must send in order to be considered for an interview:
• A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the field of education, if any. Include which particular offices interest you. (But, keep in mind that—due to the volume of applications—if you are accepted as an intern you may not be placed in you in your first-choice office.)
• An updated resumé.
• A completed copy of the Intern Application.
Prospective interns should send these three documents in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Summer Intern Application.
An internship at ED is one of the best ways students can learn about education policy and working in the civil service. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to develop crucial workplace skills that will help you in whatever career path you choose. And, it’s an opportunity to meet fellow students who share your passion for education, learning and engagement. Visit www2.ed.gov/students/prep/job/intern/index.html for more information.
Samuel Ryan writes for the U.S. Department of Education.