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  1. Agency: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)

  2. Description: Internships are available in the fall, winter, and spring in the areas of economic policy, foreign and defense studies, social ad political studies, media affairs, The American magazine, publications editing, information systems, marketing and human resources. The internship offers opportunities for extensive interaction on an everyday basis in an arena with more than 50 of America's most cited experts in the fields of politics and public policy.

  3. Required Documents
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Writing Sample
    • Unofficial Transcripts

  4. Internship Dates: The dates of our internships are flexible in order to accommodate various school schedules, but in general, our schedule for the three internship terms is as follows:
    Term Internship Length Applications Posted
    Fall August through December March
    Winter/Spring January through May September of the previous calendar year
    Summer May through August November of the previous calendar year

    We accept interns on a rolling basis. We recommend that interested candidates submit their applications as early as possible.

  5. Current Listings:

  6. Contact:
    1. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
    2. 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
    3. Washington, D.C. 20036

  7. Phone: (202) 862-5800

  8. Fax: (202) 862-7177

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For Students: Political Science Opportunities:

Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior.

Political science subfields include political theory, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields. For a good cross section of the areas of study, see the list of APSA Organized Sections.

Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.

Why Study Political Science?

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as health, the environment, civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should consider studying political science.

Political science students can gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.

Graduate Student Resources

One key component of APSA's mission is to support political science education and professional development. The links below provides resources and opportunities available to political science students.

Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs:

Through its facilities and endowed funding programs, APSA'S Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs celebrates the past by investing in the future. Opened in 2003, the centenary of APSA's establishment, the Centennial Center encourages individual research and writing in all fields of political science, facilitates collaboration among scholars working within the discipline and across the social and behavioral sciences and humanities, and promotes communication between scholars and policymakers.

The Centennial Center, its facilities, and research support programs continue to be made possible in part through the generous donations of APSA members.

Current Opportunities and Information

Applications for the Fund for Latino Scholarship

The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latino/a political scientists, and also supports research on Latino/a politics. Applications for the Fund for Latino Scholarship are open through Wednesday, June 15. For more information about the fund and how to apply, please click here.

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs assists APSA members with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to archives, or costs for a research assistant. Funds can also be used to assist scholars in publishing their research. Grants can range in size from $500 to $10,000, depending upon the research fund.

Your membership with APSA must be active in order to be eligible for a grant. You do not need to be a member of our visiting scholar program in order to be eligible for a grant. Senior or junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Centennial Center research grant program here.

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs houses several fellowship programs for ASPA members, all supported by generous donations and bequests.

Beryl Radin Pracademic Fellowship Program: This program provides APSA member academics in the fields of public policy and public administration with practical, hands-on experience off campus that recipients can take back to institutions and classrooms to help build bridges between the worlds of academe and applied politics. Read more about the Pracademic Program here.

Kenneth Sherrill Prize: The Prize recognizes the best doctoral dissertation proposal for an empirical study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues in political science. The purpose of the Prize is to encourage and enable empirical work on LGBT topics by graduate students, and broaden the recognition of this work within political science. Read more about the prize here.

William A. Steiger Fellowship: Incoming Congressional Fellows are eligible to apply for a grant from the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies to spend up to two months at the Centennial Center, carrying out a research project on legislative studies, in advance of the main fellowship year. APSA members interested in the Steiger Fellowship as part of their Congressional Fellowship experience must express their interest while applying for the Congressional Fellowship Program.

The Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs assists scholars from the United States and abroad whose research and teaching would benefit from a stay in Washington, D.C. and access to the resources available in the nation's capital.

The Center can host scholars for short periods to extended periods of time, ranging from weeks to months. All APSA members are eligible to use the Center. Senior or junior faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about the Visiting Scholar Program here.

APSA Congressional Fellowship Program

The American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health policy specialists, and international scholars to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work.

The program lasts nine months, beginning in November and ending in mid-August. Fellows spend the month of November in an intensive orientation where they participate in daily seminars with policy specialists, congressional staffers, scholars, and journalists. After orientation Fellows work on a congressional staff of their choosing.

Through this unique opportunity, the American Political Science Association enhances public understanding of policy-making and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics.

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Support the Congressional Fellowship Program

The Congressional Fellowship is endowed by MCI and receives support from our sponsor organizations and friends and alumni of the program. Donate today to the Congressional Fellowship Annual Fund!

Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Achieving diversity and inclusion in political science is a priority for the American Political Science Association. Recognizing the many differences, among them — demographic, substantive, intellectual, pedagogical, methodological, and institutional — and leveraging this variation is critical not only to the success of individual political scientists but to the strength and longevity of the disciplinary enterprise. The individual and collective creativity and innovation required for disciplinary responses to an ever-changing world depend on our ability to harness the variety of unique contributions and differences in our research, teaching, and service. The role of APSA is to facilitate this endeavor.

Current Opportunities & Information

Apply for the Fund for Latino Scholarship. Deadline: June 15, 2016
The Fund for Latino Scholarship encourages and supports the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. The fund also supports research on Latino/a politics across the discipline. Learn more.

The APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) Celebrates 30 years!
Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner, former APSA President, and the first African American to receive a PhD in political science, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, for thirty years the RBSI program has been educating and training students to pursue academic careers in political science by enhancing writing, research, and analytical and statistical skills used in political science; exposing participants to the significant questions in the discipline and profession of political science. To date there are over 500 alumni, over 100 of which have earned PhDs.

New APSA Minority Fellowship Program Spring 2016 Round
APSA announces a new spring cycle of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program for first and second year political science PhD students from underrepresented backgrounds. Fellows will be announced in June 2016.

Resources for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

APSA Programs Promoting Diversity

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
Minority Fellows Program is a fellowship provides support for individuals from under-represented backgrounds applying to and currently enrolled in doctoral programs in political science.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)
Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is an annual five-week program designed to introduce undergraduate students from under represented racial/ethnic groups or students interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups to the world of graduate study and to encourage application to PhD programs. This is the 30th year of RBSI excellence! The 2016 RBSI program, held at Duke University, runs from May 29-June 20, 2016.

Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP)
Minority Student Recruitment Program (MSRP) is a collaboration between undergraduate and graduate programs in political science that connects undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in, or show potential for, graduate study with graduate programs interested in recruiting diverse cohorts of doctoral students.

APSA Mentoring Program
The Mentoring Program connects undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty to experienced and senior members of the profession for professional development mentoring.

Fund of Latino Scholarship
The primary purpose of the Fund for Latino Scholarship is to encourage and support the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latino/a political scientists. A secondary goal is to support research on Latino/a politics. 2016 Application deadline: June 15, 2016.

Awarding Excellence in the Profession

  • Ralph J. Bunche Award [$1,000]: For the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year on ethnic and cultural pluralism.
  • Victoria Schuck Award [$1,000]: For the best book published in the previous calendar year on women and politics.
  • All APSA Awards: Books, Career, Dissertation, Papers/Articles

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The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize

The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize is offered every other year if a suitable recipient is identified. Funding for the award comes from a memorial endowment established following the death of David N. Kershaw and managed by independent trustees. The award was established to honor persons who, at under the age of 40, have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management. David Kershaw was the first president of Mathematica Policy Research; he died of cancer at the age of 37. The 18th award in the series is planned for November 2016 in conjunction with the APPAM Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC.

The award consists of a commemorative medal and a cash prize of $10,000. This prize is among the largest awards made to recognize contributions related to public policy and social science. The 2016 recipient will be announced in advance of the APPAM Fall Conference, and invited to give a talk at the conference about the research recognized by the award.

A nominee must be under the age of 40 at the time the nomination is made (but not necessarily at the time the award is bestowed). A person may be nominated again if not selected for the current award. Any body of work will be considered, although the selection committee may, from time to time, decide to establish time limits for what may be considered. The selection committee may decide not to make an award in any particular year. Joint awards for a single contribution will be considered where the contribution can be clearly identified and attributed.

According to the rules governing the award endowment, the selection committee always consists of the president of Mathematica Policy Research, the president of APPAM, and the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.) The letter of nomination (with the nominee's current address, email address, and phone number) should include a nominating essay, the c.v./resume of the nominee and written evidence of the nominee's contribution in the form of an article, book, report or other appropriate evidence. The latter requirement is to provide convincing evidence of the nominee's responsibility for the contribution identified. Nominations should be emailed to Paul Decker, President, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. at kershaw2016@mathematica-mpr.com or sent by regular mail at PO Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393, or by delivery service at 600 Alexander Park, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Nominations are currently open and will close on July 29th.

The Exemplar Award:

The Exemplar Award recognizes the work of an individual who has made major contributions to public policy by valuing the knowledge resident in academia and using research and analysis to craft innovative solutions to policy problems. This award serves to recognize extraordinary skills in policymaking and serve as a counterpart to those awards recognizing outstanding research. The award was created by APPAM's Policy Council in 2013 to draw attention to the important role individuals play in connecting research and policy in the policymaking process.

Given annually at the Fall Research Conference, the Exemplar Award provides the recipient a chance to deliver a talk or other program deemed appropriate by the President-elect for the conference's programming. The recipient will receive a plaque, $2,500 cash award, and travel and lodging for attending the conference.

Nominees for this award should be those who successfully link knowledge and discovery to practical applications that can be implemented successfully for the public good. Only APPAM members may nominate an individual. Nominations must be accompanied by a written description of the significant contributions by the nominee over time and should involve high-level, complex issues. A small committee of three members from the Association's Policy Council, selected by APPAM's President, will review all nominations and make a recommendation.

Awardees possess the following characteristics:

  • Values intellectual rigor.
  • Holds own work to highest standards.
  • Works across political perspectives.
  • Demonstrates a strong moral and ethical character.
  • Fosters mutual respect.
  • Seeks innovative approaches to policy problems.
  • Sought out by peers for his/her counsel and advice.

A letter of nomination detailing the nominee's accomplishments should be sent to Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org.

The deadline for submitting nominations is July 29th.

Raymond Vernon Memorial Award

APPAM created the Raymond Vernon Memorial award in 1985. All funding for the award comes from a special grant to APPAM from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Initially called the Vernon Prize, the title was amended to add "Memorial" after Raymond Vernon died in August 1999. Among his many lifetime accomplishments, Vernon contributed to the Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after World War II, led the development team for the Peanut M&M (tm), was among the first to conduct quantitative analyses of stock markets using computers, served on the faculty of the Harvard University Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, and was the founding editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM).

APPAM seeks to recognize excellence in research by annually selecting a research paper published in the current volume of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management to receive the Vernon Memorial Prize.

The author(s) of the winning article share a cash award in the amount of $1,000 in addition to a certificate, recognition at the annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, and recognition in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. A separate grant covering travel costs to the Fall Research Conference also will be provided to one author.

Any research article accepted for publication in the current volume of the journal is eligible for the award.

The journal's editorial office and current editor are in charge of the selection process, including the appointment of three persons to serve as the prize selection committee. The committee reviews all research articles that are scheduled for publication in the current volume of the journal.

Poster Session Awards

The APPAM Policy Council approved creation of this award on March 30, 2007. There is no external funding for this award and the recipients do not receive cash prizes.

APPAM seeks to reward and encourage excellence in research by new/emerging scholars as represented among the poster sessions delivered at the Annual Fall Research Conference.

Up to three poster presentations will be recognized each year through this award. The presenters of the winning poster sessions each will receive a custom prize ribbon created specifically for the award.

All poster sessions presented at the Fall Research Conference will be eligible for the award provided that they are presented in person during one of the three poster sessions.

A selection committee of three people will be appointed by APPAM to review the posters on display at the conference, attend the poster presentations, and, at the conclusion of the presentations, select up to three posters to receive the award, one per poster session.

Peter H. Rossi Award

The APPAM Policy Council approved this award on April 8, 2005. Funding for the award comes from an endowment managed by the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. This endowment welcomes additional donations. The University of Maryland School of Public Policy hosts a separate website for the Rossi Award, welfareacademy.org/rossi

The Rossi Award is given out every other year and will be presented next at the 2016 Fall Research Conference.

The Rossi award honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi (1921–2006) by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. The award may be for a recent paper, publication, or for an entire body of work.

The 2016 winner will receive a plaque, recognition at the annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, reimbursement for travel expenses to the meeting, and a cash award in the amount of $2,000.

Any recent paper, publication or entire body of work will be considered however, the selection committee may, from time to time, decide to establish time limits for what may be considered. When appropriate, joint awards will be made for co-authored works or joint products. The paper, publication, or body of work may involve any aspect of planning, conducting, or analyzing evaluations of social programs and may be directed to lay or professional audiences. The work should reflect the importance of precision and objectivity in setting the evaluation framework, design, execution, and reporting, as well as the value of evidence-based presentation or translation for varied audiences. Illustrative examples include works on the state of evaluation or knowledge in a particular substantive field, new approaches to program evaluation, and program evaluation and its role in the political decision-making process.

The selection committee is chaired by Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland, and includes two former presidents of APPAM and two past Rossi awardees, to serve for staggered, three-year terms.

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.) The letter of nomination (with the nominee's current address, e-mail address, and phone number) should detail the work's contributions to the field of evaluation and should include the paper or relevant parts of the body of work. Nominations should be e-mailed to Professor Besharov, Besharov@umd.edu.

Nominations are currently open and will close on July 29th.

APPAM Equity and Inclusion Student Fellowship

In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM's Diversity Committee created the 'APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship' in April 2016.

The fellowship will support the travel and participation of up to 25 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 3 -5, in Washington, DC. While at the conference, the fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to formally network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee at a Fellowship Breakfast, recognizing them, their accomplishments and bright futures. They will also have many opportunities to informally network with other students and professionals during the conference. The goal of this fellowship program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM, and foster a lifelong affiliation and engagement with both.


  • PhD or Master's students enrolled in a policy related program at an institution of higher education.
  • Must be able to attend the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 3-5, 2016, in Washington, DC.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 2 – 4 hours of volunteering at the 2016 Fall Research Conference. Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to, session blogging/live tweeting, performing room counts, and drafting session summaries.
  • Student applicants must be members of a racial or ethnic minority group that is significantly under-represented in public policy, such as the racial or ethnic groups indicated in the application.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: July 30, 2016
  • Winners Notified: August 31, 2016
  • APPAM 2016 Fall Research Conference: November 3-5, 2016

Fellowship Terms

APPAM will provide the following:

  • 2016 Fall Research Conference Registration Fee
  • 2 Night Hotel Stay (November 3-5, 2016) at Host Hotel (Washington Hilton)
  • A scholarship in the amount of $599 to offset costs of transportation (air and ground) as well as meals during the conference
  • A meet and greet breakfast for APPAM Student Fellowship recipients on Thursday, November 3rd. Members of the APPAM Policy Council and Diversity Committee will be invited to attend the breakfast as well.

Application Requirements

  • A 750-word statement on the student's academic training and professional goals, why attending the APPAM Fall Research Conference is important to their professional development, and how they see themselves contributing to the APPAM community now and in the future. Applicants should also touch on how their background, life experience, and/or scholarship will bring greater diversity to the field.
  • Letter of recommendation/support from a professor.
  • Resume or CV.

The full application can be found here. There are boxes to cut and paste the statement, letter of recommendation and resume/CV but there are space restrictions. If you cannot paste any of the items into the provided boxes, please email the items to Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org. All application materials MUST be received by Saturday, July 30th. All applications will be reviewed by the APPAM Diversity Committee and all applicants will be notified of their status by Wednesday, August 31st.

Any questions regarding the fellowship or the application process should be directed to Tara Sheehan, APPAM Executive Director, tsheehan@appam.org or 202.496.0130, ext. 25.

Spencer Foundation Lectureship

The APPAM Policy Council approved this award on April 8, 2005. Funding for the award comes from the Spencer Foundation, created by Lyle M. Spencer in 1962 to "investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world."

The Spencer Foundation Lecture recognizes noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management.

The winner will deliver the lecture at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. In addition, the winner receives $5,000 and support for travel expenses, and APPAM and the Spencer Foundation may arrange to publish the lecture. The recipient is expected to produce a written version of the lecture within a reasonable time after the public presentation.

Any body of work will be considered, although the selection committee may, from time to time, decide to establish time limits for what may be considered. The selection committee may decide not to make an award in any particular year.

The selection committee for the lecture consists of three people appointed by APPAM and two persons appointed by the Spencer Foundation.

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.) The letter of nomination (with the nominee's current address, email address, and phone number) should detail the contributions made by the work to the field of education policy and management, and should include examples of the body of work.

A letter of nomination detailing the nominee's accomplishments should be sent to Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org.

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Are you looking for an exciting and challenging internship experience? Consider employment with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a graduate student.

Graduate Studies Program opportunities for Summer 2017 are now open. Applications will be accepted until midnight, EDT, 15 September 2016. Applications received before 1 May 2016 will have the highest chances of being selected and completing the clearance process in time for Summer 2017.

Applications for winter, spring, and fall employment should be sent 9-12 months before the desired start date.

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Learn about the process of health policy development by working directly with policy-makers in both the public and private sectors. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a twelve-month period beginning in June.

Applications to join the Fellowship are due October 14

Fellowship Application Overview

  • The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a twelve month period beginning in June.
  • The Fellowship offers a postgraduate experience to a master's or doctoral degree graduate of any school or program housed in a college or university that is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
  • There is no limit on the number of students who may apply from a department or school.

Application materials should be submitted directly to the Winston Fellowship by the applicant no later than 5:00 pm Pacific Time on October 16, 2016. There is no limit to the number of individuals that may apply from a single program. The application requires the following:

  • A current resume.
  • A statement of interest that details your motivation for a career in health policy, a description of what you hope to gain from the Fellowship, and how your experiences and education will complement the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship. The statement should not exceed 1,200 words.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a current faculty member, one from a current or former supervisor, employer, or preceptor, and one from an individual who is knowledgeable about your academic and/or leadership experience.
  • Academic transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts may be photocopies and need not be sent through the university. Online grade reports will not be accepted unless sent directly from the registrar. A key to interpret coding on transcripts must accompany transcripts that do not use the A-F grading format.
  • A narrative synopsis of your community involvement, including past and current extracurricular and volunteer activities in the community and on campus. Do not exceed one page.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current first year graduate students in their second full-time equivalent semester or third full-time equivalent quarter studying at any AUPHA member graduate program or affiliated health policy program. A minimum of five courses must have been completed in order to be eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be scheduled to complete the didactic portion of their degree not later than December of the year following the awarding of the scholarship.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Scholars are selected based on expressed and demonstrated commitment to health policy, leadership, academic achievement, community involvement and long term career interest in health policy.

Submission Requirements

  • A resume detailing both professional and extracurricular activities.
  • A personal statement detailing the applicant's interest in and commitment to health policy and how they intend to pursue policy within their career. This statement should be roughly one and one half single spaced pages in length and should provide detail on what experiences in your life have directed you towards a career in health policy and what your future career aspirations are. The statement should outline how your academic preparation has and will continue to prepare you for a career in health policy.
  • Undergraduate and graduate registrar-issued transcripts (at least one full-time equivalent semester of graduate work in health management or health policy must appear on graduate transcript). All transcripts from all higher education institutions attended are required and must arrive by 5 pm ET Friday, April 14, 2017.
  • Two letters of nomination. One letter must be from a faculty member in your degree program. The second letter must be from a preceptor or employer. Both letters should be on letterhead, signed, and speak specifically to your qualifications for this scholarship.

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Cooperative Education Program

DIA's Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program provides a select number of talented undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in combination with their academic studies. This is an excellent opportunity for students seeking to serve their country to participate in the critical work of the Agency through an extended work period. Co-ops are often selected from academic institutions with recognized Co-op programs, though not exclusively. You must be eligible to work a six-month period during your academic career. You will be considered a full-time, temporary employee during the six-month Co-op. You'll be provided with increasingly challenging assignments that are commensurate with your academic training and ability to assume additional responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are deemed critical to DIA such as:
  • foreign area studies
  • intelligence studies
  • international relations
  • political science
  • geography
  • computer science
  • business administration
  • human resources
  • public administration
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology
  • toxicology
  • engineering
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 undergraduate semester hours or its equivalent at time of employment.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship of applicant and all immediate family members. Applicants with dual citizenship will not be eligible for employment with DIA. All DIA employees are subject counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.
  • The security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while you are overseas. Do not apply for the program if you are studying abroad within 6-9 months prior to the co-op.


As a Co-op, you will be appointed at the GG-05 through GG-09 depending upon number of credit hours completed and relevant work experience. During the six-month program, you are eligible for paid Federal holidays, annual and sick leave. However, you will not receive health benefits since this is a temporary appointment.

Application Process

Visit diajobs.dia.mil, click View Vacancy Announcements and Apply for DIA Jobs, and then click No when you are asked if you are a current DIA employee. Click the link to view job postings, place a check-mark next Cooperative Education Program. To apply for the program, click apply.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762.

Application Deadlines

For additional information about DIA, please visit our website at www.dia.mil. DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation.

Academic Semester Internship Program

DIA's Academic Semester Internship Program (ASIP) provides promising undergraduate seniors and graduate students enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at U.S. accredited universities and colleges, located within commutable distances to DIA locations, the opportunity to gain practical work experience in intelligence analysis while enrolled in classes. The Agency offers a limited number of paid academic semester internships. Interns can be appointed for two semesters (depending on the university calendar) normally beginning in September. Students may be extended for a second semester, and are employed as part-time temporary employees (working between 16 and 29 hours per week).

Eligibility requirements are the same, regardless of pay status. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at universities and colleges located near/in the following localities only:
  • Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland
  • Quantico, VA
  • Reston, VA
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Miami, Florida
  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are deemed critical to DIA such as:
  • foreign area studies
  • computer science
  • business administration
  • human resources
  • public administration
  • international relations
  • legal
  • political science
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biology
  • microbiology
  • pharmacology
  • toxicology
  • engineering
  • intelligence analysis related courses
  • Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of participation in the program.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship of applicant. Security clearances are not granted to holders of dual citizenship. All students conditionally accepted for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and a periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
  • All applicants conditionally accepted for internships, and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.

Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the on-line application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.
  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.
  • Indicate how you learned about the Academic Semester Internship Program.
  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information.
  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

Applications will only be accepted on-line at https://diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee. Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to ""Academic Semester Intern Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.


Interns are paid an hourly rate (within GG5 to GG9) depending upon the number of credit hours completed, and relevant work experience. ASIP interns do not receive any benefits.

Application Deadlines

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our world wide website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may apply.

FAQs for Academic Semester Internship Applicants

How should I submit my resume and other required materials?
Applications will only be accepted through the on-line application process at http://www.dia.mil. Your resume, unofficial transcript and cover letter should be attached to your on-line application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Applications will not be considered without all required documents. Please be sure that you include your GPA on your submitted application.

Should I submit additional material such as recommendation letters or writing samples?
No, letters of recommendation and writing samples are not required with the application.

Once I have been notified that I am a finalist or alternate, what is the next step?
DIA will ask you to complete pre-employment forms which include the SF-86 background questionnaire for a security clearance. When you return the pre-employment forms, we will request our vendor to schedule a drug screening test. ** You will not receive a final official offer letter until all required documentation has been received and a security clearance is approved **

How long will it take to get a security clearance?
It varies depending on your personal background and the volume of clearances being processed. In general, if you have significant foreign travel and/or foreign relatives or contacts, the clearance can be rather lengthy – up to 6 months or more to receive a full clearance. Individuals with limited or no overseas travel, who have not moved around much and who have no foreign relatives or contacts can usually receive a determination within 3 months. Students must be fully cleared before being able to begin work.

I have dual citizenship with another country. What are my chances of getting a security clearance?
Individuals with dual citizenship can be granted clearances.

I plan to study abroad for all or part of the academic year. Is that a problem?
Yes. While the experience of living abroad is of value to DIA, it is impossible to complete the security background investigation and the necessary drug screening test when someone is overseas.

What type of work will I do?
Intern assignments are based on entry-level professional job descriptions and will involve a great deal of independent work under the guidance of a senior level supervisor and mentor. For example, duties for intelligence analyst intern positions, may involve research and drafting reports and presentations. Assignments are not clerical in nature. Particular occupational areas may be crisis management, counterintelligence, military economics, homeland security, imagery, information warfare, arms control / proliferation, leadership analysis, etc.

Can I earn academic credit for my internship?
Depending on your school's requirements, academic credit may be earned. DIA will work with your institution to provide any necessary evaluation, etc. Any written product provided to your institution must be cleared by your unit's security officer.

What hours will I work?
You will arrange a set work schedule with your supervisor normally between 16 and 20 hours per week.

How is my pay determined?
Your salary will be determined by the amount of relevant education and work experience you possess and will generally range within GG 5 to GG9). It is extremely important that you provide a complete transcript through the most recent semester completed in order to determine your pay rate.

Will I earn leave?
No, You will strictly work on an intermittent work schedule 16-29 hours per week (get compensated for the hours you work only with no leave earnings).

Is my work location accessible by public transportation?
The location of the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters (DIA HQ) on Bolling Air Force Base is accessible via a DIA shuttle from the Anacostia Metro Station. The shuttle runs continuously during rush hour on weekdays. Shuttle riders must have the required identification badges. For new employees, you must carry a copy of your offer letter and picture ID to gain access to the shuttle and base.

Is parking available?
Parking is available, although limited at DIA HQ and Reston. Public transportation is recommended. You will need a copy of your vehicle registration and proof of insurance to park at the facilities and to apply for a parking permit.

What will the first day of my internship be like?
You are asked to report by 8:00 to the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center (DIAC) on Bolling Air Force Base. Specific instructions and directions will be in your final offer letter. Wait in the lobby for a representative from HR to escort you to the "in-processing" location, where you will participate in a 4 day New Hire Orientation. Your first day will consist mainly of meeting other students and new employees, welcome to the agency, completion of the necessary new hire and security paperwork, orientation briefings, issuance of security badge and other administrative tasks.

What is the dress code for the agency?
Iin general, the dress for civilians at the agency is conservative business attire – shirts and ties for men and appropriate dress, skirt and blouse, or pant suit for women. Some offices are more informal than others and allow business casual wear on a routine basis. Others have a "casual Friday". Men will need a suit and women a tailored dress or suit for meetings and making presentations.

What is the role of my Sponsor?
Your Sponsor has volunteered to assist you with in-processing logistics and provide assistance to you throughout your semester's internship. He or she is available to orient you to your specific office and the agency, provide guidance on how to perform your specific work duties and generally answer questions you may have.

I am interested in permanent employment at DIA. Does DIA make offers of permanent employment to interns?
DIA routinely considers successful interns for permanent hire. Students who will graduate within the next calendar year may be given conditional offers, pending graduation. Your supervisor will be asked to evaluate your work performance and suitability for permanent employment. If selected, you will receive a conditional offer letter at the end of the semester. Permanent employment is not a guarantee through the ASIP Program.

I won't graduate during the academic year or am not sure I want a career with DIA. Are there any other options?
Yes, you may apply to return for another academic semester internship or for a summer internship. Returning interns may receive preference over any new applicants.

Summer Intern Bulletin

DIA's Summer Intern Program provides promising undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the areas of analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program management, and computer applications related to the intelligence field. Interns are appointed for a 10-week period from June through August, as full-time, temporary employees. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are critical to DIA, such as: foreign area studies, legal, computer science, business administration, human resources, public administration, international relations, political science, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, engineering, or intelligence analysis related courses.
  • Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of participation in the program.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship of applicant. All students conditionally accepted for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and a periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while you are overseas. Do not apply for this program if you are studying or working abroad anytime 6-9 months prior to the summer during which you wish to work as an intern.

Application Procedures

  • List your top 3 desired work locations from the following: Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Huntsville, AL; Charlottesville, VA; Tampa, FL; Omaha, NE; Colorado Springs, CO; Scott AFB, IL; Honolulu, HI; Miami, FL; Stuttgart, Germany; and, Molesworth, United Kingdom. (Majority of the summer intern positions will be in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area).
  • Discuss your interest in a particular functional area(s) such as, Geography; Foreign Area Studies; International Relations with a concentration in a specific geographic region; Political Science; Engineering (Aerospace, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Information Systems, or Nuclear); Computer Science; Information Systems; Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, or Toxicology), or Business/Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, Accounting or Finance and Legal.
  • Attach an unofficial college transcript at the time of application. Finalists will be provided instructions for the submission of their official transcripts.


As in intern, you will be paid an hourly rate between GG5 and GG9 depending on the number of college credit hours that you have completed. Because this is a temporary appointment, you will not receive employee benefits. Please note that candidates selected for the Summer Intern Program are responsible for securing their own travel and lodging arrangements along with expenses incurred prior to and during their employment with DIA.

Application Process

Visit diajobs.dia.mil, click View Vacancy Announcements and Apply for DIA Jobs, and then click No when you are asked if you are a current DIA employee. Click the link to view job postings; four Summer Intern Program Vacancy Announcements will be posted to accommodate the four DIA Mission Area: Collection, Mission Enablers, and Information Systems. Place a check-mark next to the desired "Summer Intern Program'" To apply for the program, click "apply".

Application Deadlines

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer.

DIA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact listed above. The decision to grant reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Identification of reasonable accommodation needs should be made as early as possible so that necessary accommodations are available by the time of arrival.

National Security Education Program


Congress established The National Security Education Program (NSEP) through the David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991 to provide a broader and more qualified pool of US citizens with foreign language and international exposure to work in national security programs. NSEP is a scholarship program that promotes language skills, cultural awareness and understanding of national security issues. In collaboration with the National Security Education Program Office, DIA has established a new 1-year, full-time internship program designed to provide a small select number of recent college graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain practical work experience. To participate in the program, applicants are required to have a 3.0 GPA and be a recipient of a grant or scholarship under the David L. Boren National Security Education Program.

Program Benefits:

  • An annual salary (paid bi-weekly).
  • Full-time employment for at least a year in a job related to their academic/foreign language skills and experience.
  • Full benefits including health insurance, life insurance and retirement.
  • Leave and Holiday Pay
  • Potential to apply to internal vacancies.
  • Consideration for full-time employment with DIA upon completion of program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • NSEP Boren Scholars and Fellows with an (anticipated) graduation date between September-June.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • Provide a narrative in work experience section indicating interest in the intelligence field or specialized skills.

The NSEP Service Requirement:

  • The awardee is spending 100% of his or her time on federally funded projects.
  • The projects are funded by the Departments of Defense, State, or Homeland Security, or by an agency in the Intelligence Community.

How to Apply:

Applications will only be accepted on-line at diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA Jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee. Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to the "National Security Education Program". To apply for the program, click where it says "apply" next to the program. Please submit only the information requested. Upon request, additional documents can be mailed to:

National Intelligence Scholars Program Manager
Defense Intelligence Agency
Attn: OHR-1, Student Programs
200 MacDill Blvd. (Building 6000)
Washington, D.C. 20340

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762.

Operation Warfighter Initiative

The Operation Warfighter (OWF) Initiative is a Federal internship program established by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2006. The Initiative calls on Federal agencies to identify temporary assignments and opportunities for service members convalescing at military medical centers in the National Capital Region (NCR). The goal of the Initiative is to match service members with opportunities that utilize both their military and non-military skills, thereby creating productive assignments that are beneficial to both the service member and the employer. Service members on medical hold, even if assigned to the National Guard and/or a Reserve Component unit, are eligible to participate in the program. The Initiative represents an opportunity to facilitate recovering service members' development and employment readiness by providing assistance with resume building, exploring employment interests and developing job skills through internship opportunities.

In order to participate, recovering service members must obtain "medical and command approval" from their Recovery Team and Chain of Command. OWF Regional Coordinators then assist recovering service members in identifying an internship opportunity based on their interests and capabilities. Duty schedules for OWF participants are dependent on each individual treatment schedule. These are flexible so as not to interfere with the service member's medical treatment or adversely affect their well-being and recuperation. The average length of the temporary assignment is 3-5 months for an average of 20 hours per week. DIA does not pay a service member's salary, as they are paid by their respective service.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is recruiting for the next generation of leaders to join the federal ranks and support our mission to serve the American public.

The HHS Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a competitive, two-year, paid, federal internship within HHS. The program provides interns with a unique opportunity to develop enhanced leadership skills in one of the largest federal agencies in the nation. HHS is looking for talented and highly-motivated individuals with a commitment to public service. The program provides an excellent opportunity for participants to begin a professional career in HHS.

HHS is composed of the following eleven Operating Divisions offering placement and rotational opportunities for Emerging Leaders Interns:

The ELP offers participants the following:

  • Promotions from the GS-9-12 during the 2-year program
  • Formal competency-based leadership training and professional development
  • Rotational opportunities within HHS
  • Mentoring from senior executives and renowned experts in HHS
  • Networking opportunities with HHS leaders

Top candidates will possess the following:

  • A Master's Degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7
  • Commitment to public service
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability through academic and professional accomplishments

Qualified applicants should apply to the Program during the vacancy announcement period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The ELP is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back for future updates. Visit www.USAJobs.gov for other employment opportunities.

Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General's Honors Program -- the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.

Eligibility for the Honors Program

Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Participating Components

Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. The number of entry-level attorney positions varies from year to year. Review the list of the components participating this year.

Selection Criteria

Justice takes pride in the fact that we consider the "whole candidate" when making selections for employment. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate's background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.

Every year the Department hires a significant number of entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Selectees represent diverse backgrounds and interests, and come from law schools throughout the country. The Honors Program is centrally managed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, but each participating component reviews the applications submitted and makes independent hiring decisions.

How to Apply

Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with Justice must apply through the Attorney General's Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment beginning in 2017, the application opens on July 31, 2016, and closes on September 6, 2016 We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application [external link]. If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis at (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the "Avue Dojo" link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).

Key Dates

  • July 31: Application Opens
  • Early September (day after Labor Day): Application deadline
  • Late September: Interview candidates selected
  • October 17 - November 4: Main Honors Program interview period
  • Late November - February: Offers Extended

If you are Selected for an Interview

If you are selected for an interview for the Honors Program, see Honors Program Interviews for information about selection, the notification process, interview and travel schedules, and reimbursement.

Also see Component Contacts, Pre-Interview Submissions, and Interview Locations.

Additional Information

  • Salary, Promotion, and Benefits Information
  • Conditions of Employment (Hiring Process, Policies, Requirements)
  • Components, Offices and U.S. Attorneys' Offices
  • Disability Hiring

Applications for the Honors Program 2016-2017 will open on July 31, 2016 and close on September 6, 2016.

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EEOC hires in many locations around the country for investigators, mediators, attorneys and administrative and clerical positions. listed at USAJOBS See USAJobs.Gov for a list of current vacancies.

Employment Opportunities at EEOC include:

  • Investigators who perform work involving the handling of inquiries and complaints of employment discrimination under the federal statutes enforced by the EEOC.
  • General Attorney, Trial Attorney, Administrative Judge and Law Clerk positions handling civil rights cases and appeals.
  • Mediators who process charges through the Alternative Dispute Resolution process to settlement.
  • Administrative and Clerical support positions handling incoming phone calls, correspondence and document management.
  • Senior Executive Service (SES) positions including most managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above General Schedule (GS) grade 15 or equivalent positions.
  • In addition, EEOC hires Information Technology Specialists, Program Analysts, Management Analysts and more...

Bilingual skills in any of these occupations are often desired.

Applying for a Job

EEOC's job vacancies are listed at USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government, along with information on how to apply.

2012 Attorney Honor Program

EEOC's Attorney Honor Program hires third-year law students, full-time graduate law students, and judicial law clerks for permanent agency positions. This website will be updated with information regarding the 2012 Program, including the application deadline, as soon as it becomes available. You can also call (202) 663-7175 or TTY (202) 663-4593 for recorded information.

Internships at EEOC

Many EEOC offices have internships available throughout the year.

Hiring Reform

EEOC's Internal EEO Program

Employees and applicants for employment with the EEOC who believe that they have been discriminated against by an EEOC employment decision because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or reprisal may pursue such claims through the discrimination complaint process administered by the EEOC's Office of Equal Opportunity.

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Student Eligibility:

  1. Attending a U.S. college or university full-time for the 2016-2017 academic year (including community college, undergraduate, or graduate school)
  2. A legal U.S. resident

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The Institute for Defense Analyses is a non-profit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers to assist the United States Government in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.

IDA only works for the government. To avoid institutional pressures to support Service positions, IDA does not work directly for the military departments. Also, to ensure freedom from commercial or other potential conflicts of interest, IDA does not work for private industry.

IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results. While working closely with sponsors to define research goals, IDA enforces a rigorous review to ensure its analyses and conclusions are thorough and sound.

Summer Associate Opportunities

The IDA Summer Associates Program provides students unique opportunity to use their quantitative and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. Each year, IDA hires paid students at its Virginia and Washington, DC, facilities to work for approximately 10-12 weeks during the summer months. For local students, there are a few opportunities to continue through the year on a part-time basis.

We seek both undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students with strong GPAs (3.3 or above) in a variety of disciplines including computer science, information technology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, operations research, aero/astronautical engineering, mechanical or electrical engineering, as well as materials science, international relations, policy studies, social and behavioral sciences, statistics, finance, and economics. These internships are for continuing students, so applicants must have plans to return to school in the fall.

Applicants who are selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required.

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The Hayek Fund awards up to $750 to cover travel and fees to present papers at conferences or other career-related expenses for IHS alum, PhD students, and junior faculty, both tenure track and non-tenure track.

The Fund is awarded on a rolling basis and can be used to cover travel, conference fees, and other career-related expenses. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Presentations at academic or professional conferences
  • Travel to academic job interviews on a campus or at professional/academic conferences
  • Travel to archives or libraries for research
  • Participation in career-development or enhancing seminars
  • Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers

Please note, Hayek Fund awards cannot be used solely for conference attendance. Funding will only be considered for individuals presenting a paper or interviewing for a job at a conference.

The Hayek Fund is an exclusive award for graduate students and junior faculty who are alumni of IHS programs and events.

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Richard Acker Creation Care Scholarship

The $575 Richard Acker Creation Care Scholarship is provided each year for those students interested in pursuing a career related to environmental studies, policy or law.

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Management Assistant Program

David M. Wodynski Memorial Fellowship

Fast Track Your Future in Local Government Management

The City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program offers an intense and fulfilling one-year apprenticeship filled with challenge, excitement, and tremendous opportunities for career and personal growth - not to mention a host of work-life benefits that are hard to match.

Excellent and meaningful opportunities to explore different career options await you, whether you are looking for a stepping stone to launch your professional life, growing a long-term career, or changing career paths. A unique and rewarding opportunity to work in local government exists where you can gain the knowledge and skills to be effective local government practitioners and make a difference in a community. An opportunity to be a highly valued integral player on the City team makes the City of Long Beach the employer of choice.

About the MAP Program

Introduction to the Management Assistant Program (MAP)

Established in 1980, the City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program is the longest-running nationally ranked municipal management development program in California. The Management Assistant Program is designed to attract, develop and retain innovative local government practitioners. It offers an intense and fulfilling paid one-year apprenticeship to individuals who have earned (or will earn by July 2016) a Master's Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy or related field. The program consists of four, three-month department rotations. Management Assistants will have one rotation each in the City Manager's Office and the Department of Financial Management. The other two rotations will be in areas where the City Manager has identified critical projects that the Management Assistant can help support, while meeting the interests of the program participants. These assignments are designed to give the Management Assistant a broad, positive experience in municipal government while providing resources to areas the City Manager has determined to be high priority. Dedicated rotation programs with the Harbor Department, Community Development, or Water Department may also be available.

A Day in the Life of a Management Assistant

On a daily basis Management Assistants are asked to perform a variety of tasks. These may include attending meetings with staff at multiple levels of the organization, analyzing current City policies and procedures, writing memos to managers and supervisors, preparing council correspondence, researching best practices and other background material, coordinating meetings, preparing presentations, working with consultants, preparing Request for Proposals (RFP), attending community meetings, or conducting site visits.

Management Assistants also attend City Council, management policy, project-specific and department specific meetings. They may also attend in-house, local and regional professional conferences during the year, as well as receive mentoring from a Department Director who helps provide professional guidance and advice.

Examples of Assignments

Management Assistants are considered key members of the City management team and are given assignments in critical areas that develop report writing, research, presentation and analytical skills to prepare them for a successful career in city management. The City is currently undergoing considerable transformation, as it strives to resolve financial challenges while fostering an environment of governmental transparency and optimization. Participants in the program have played an important role in this process.

Each department rotation is unique and host departments involve Management Assistants in a range of projects and processes, from budget development and analysis to optimization projects and City-wide strategic initiatives. For example, the Management Assistant assigned to a rotation in the Department of Development Services may work on optimizing the permit process whereas the Management Assistant assigned to the Department of Health & Human Services may work on coordinating bio-terrorism efforts across the City. Another Management Assistant assigned to the City Manager's Office may work on an implementation plan for the City-wide performance management initiative whereas another Management Assistant assigned to the Department of Public Works may work on optimizing the City's towing operations.

Examples of Past Projects

Previous Management Assistants have assisted in:

  • Developing and implementing the Financial Strategic Plan, a comprehensive plan to address the City's structural deficit
  • Developing a new Performance Management Program for City operations
  • Providing project management for major optimization studies including Fire Services, Code Enforcement, Emergency Dispatch, Fleet Services, Crossing Guards, and Reprographics, Technology Services, Development Permit & Business License Process, City Communications and Health Insurance
  • Preparing the annual budget as part of the Budget Office team
  • Preparing reports for the Mayor and City Council regarding various policy issues
  • Presenting information to various boards, commissions and neighborhood associations as part of the City's enhanced focus on community outreach
  • Leading key technology initiatives including customer relationship management and workforce projects

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The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) has extended the deadline for submission of applications for its Scholarship Program.

Applicants should go to apply.

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National Military Intelligence Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016-competition for scholarships to support students pursuing courses of study and formal degrees in intelligence studies and related disciplines.

NMIF hopes to award 2 scholarships for full time undergraduate or graduate study each valued at $2000, 2 valued at $1,000 and 2 valued at $500.

Additionally, NMIF will award one scholarship valued at $3000 in honor of LTG James A. Williams, USA (Ret), former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a Fellow of the Foundation, and a NMIA Lifetime Achievement Awardee.

In addition to providing a grant to academic institutions to be applied to the winning applicants' tuition, each award will be accompanied by a free student membership in the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA)

Access information at this hyperlink: http://www.peacecorps.gov/

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The world looks to the UN for solutions to complex problems. The issues the UN deals with are as diverse as the careers it offers. Its work touches every challenge humanity faces, from peace and security, to human rights, humanitarian work, development, and more. Working for the UN is exciting and rewarding, because you are not only working for the UN. You are working for humanity. You are trying to make the world a better place to live in.

Where to Apply

Job openings are published on the United Nations Careers Portal. Applicants with disabilities are considered by the United Nations for employment under all types of contracts in full compliance with the United Nations Charter. The United Nations offers a variety of ways to join its workforce. Professional positions are available by applying on the Careers Portal, or through the examination process. Candidates for jobs in the General Service and related categories, including those in the trades and crafts, security and safety, secretarial and other support positions, are recruited locally.

What are you doing for peace?

The Department of Field Support is running a global awareness campaign to highlight the diverse range of career opportunities that are available in peace operations across multiple duty stations worldwide.

Human Resources Information

At the United Nations HR Portal, you can find information on UN Secretariat Staff Members' duties, obligations and privileges. There is also information on the portal about resources available to staff, pay and benefits, career development, learning opportunities, tracking your performance, taking care of your health and well-being, and other tools and resources.

Competitive Examinations

The United Nations offers the Young Professionals Programme for Junior Professionals and examinations for positions requiring special language skills.

Associate Experts Programme

This Programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutions of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the technical cooperation of the United Nations Secretariat.

Headquarters Internship Programme

The United Nations provides internship opportunities at UN Headquarters in New York, and at other major UN duty stations. Applicants must, at the time of application, either be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher); or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or they must have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation, as provided for in section 11.4 of ST/AI/2014/1.

Working in the UN system

If you are interested in working for other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, please visit their websites directly. Most websites can be accessed through the links found at the International Civil Service Commission.

Warning to Job Seekers

There are job advertisements and offers that falsely state that they are from the United Nations. Please be aware that the United Nations does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process. See more about fraudulent announcements.


You can create beneficial change and have a positive impact on people's lives by volunteering. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is based in Bonn (Germany) and is active in over 100 countries every year. Opportunities range from being a volunteer in the field or online. Focus areas are Development Assistance and Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations.

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  1. Agency: Virginia State Government

  2. Description: Virginia Capital Semester offers students the opportunity to experience an internship in the state capital while continuing their studies on a full-time basis through coursework 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. The students participating in the Virginia Capital Semester will assemble weekly in a policy-making seminar to hear from key leaders at the Capitol and to compare experiences from their various internship placements.

  3. Eligibility: The program is geared toward undergraduate students but graduate students may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Graduate students interested in an internship may make individual arrangements with the VCU graduate program in public administration or other programs for appropriate supporting class work.

  4. Length: The program is offered in the spring semester and begins the first week of January, corresponding with the calendar of the Virginia General Assembly

  5. Payment: Contact the agency for further information.

  6. Application: http://www.vcu.edu/capitalsemester/VCS_App.pdf (application form). The application package includes: A completed application form; transcripts from your current college or university; 1 letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the student's home institution; a one-page description of your career goals and what you would hope to gain as a participant in the capital semester program.

  7. Contact: Julia E. Arnone Coordinator of Development and External Relations L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Virginia Commonwealth University Scherer Hall, Suite 501 923 W. Franklin Street P.O. Box 842028 Richmond, Virginia 23284 (804) 827-3620 arnoneje@vcu.edu

Confidentiality: You must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.

Academic Credit: You may get academic credit from your institution of higher education for the internship. Check with your university to confirm their academic credit policy for internships.

If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes listed, please apply with them directly.

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  1. Agency: The Washington Center for Internships and Academics Seminars

  2. Description: This program has been developed as a partnership between TWC and the Department of Commerce Description: This program consists of 3 main components: and internship, academic courses and a leadership forum. Interns become involved in projects and diverse settings located all over Washington, D.C. International internship opportunities are also available.

  3. Eligibility: Postgraduate Professional Development Program applicants must have received their most recent college degree within 18 months of the start of the program or be currently enrolled in graduate school. They do not receive academic credit and do not need liaison or sponsor approval.

  4. Length: 1 semester

  5. Payment: Program fee is between $2,000 and $3,000. The housing fee ranges from $3,000 to $4,000. Financial assistance is available.

  6. Application: Application fee of $60 applies plus as nonrefundable deposit of $250

  7. Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

  8. Positions: Varies by year and number of applicants

  9. Phone: (202) 238-7900

  10. Toll-Free: 1-800-486-8921

  11. Email: info@twc.edu

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The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing and implementing outreach to younger audiences. We offer young conservatives from around the country Washington, DC's best internship program. Through our Young Leaders Program Facebook Page and our Student Virtual Think Tank, young conservatives can interact with Heritage policy experts on their campuses. For those visiting Washington, the Young Leaders Program will host a briefing about Heritage and policy issues.

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