Sample of Popular Federal Government Internships

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Undergraduate Internship Program

Applications for winter, spring, and fall employment should be sent nine-to-twelve months before the desired start date. Applicants will hear back from the CIA within 45 days or they are not being offered employment at that time.

National Clandestine Service Internship Program (Directorate of Operations)

This opportunity is designed for current freshmen and sophomores to apply during the spring for the next summer’s positions. Applications for Summer 2017 internships opened December 26, 2015 and are due by midnight, EDT, April 15,  2016. If you expect to be abroad in Summer 2016 the application should be turned in by January 31, 2016.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Does not offer school year internships.

Summer Internships

CBO summer internships provide an excellent opportunity for graduate students to participate in CBO's analysis and to observe budget and economic policymaking at close hand. These paid internships are located in Washington, D.C. and normally last 10 weeks. The deadline to apply is February 29. 2016.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Summer Internship (Pathways Program)

Applications will be open in the fall, likely October 2016, for positions for the following Summer of 2017. Internship opportunities will be posted on the CFPB website as they become available.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security offers internship opportunities in various fields, from health sciences to nuclear research. The most popular  is the Pathways Program internship. The deadline for this program is mid-October 2016 for Summer 2017.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The Honors Internship Program and the Volunteer Internship Program applications are expected to open in October 2016 and close at the end of November 2016 for positions in the Summer of 2017. Check the FBI internship page for more details.  

Defense Intelligence Agency

Academic Semester Internship Program

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. Search the DIA website for vacancies as they are updated frequently.

Summer Intern Program

Application deadline: November before the Summer you wish to intern (All application material must be received by the deadline. Please be sure to include your GPA when submitting your application). Applicants will be notified as to their status no later than March the following year.

Cooperative Education Program

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.

Workforce Recruitment Program

Students and recent graduates work in a full-time, paid summer internship. Participants must have proof of a disability in order to participate. Participants receive full salary and workplace accommodations. For more information, contact the disability coordinator or career counselor at your school

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. Participants are selected by scientific mentors from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research. The application is available from mid-November 2016 to March 1, 2017 for Summer 2017.

National Security Agency (NSA)

The Intelligence Careers Community Website offers information regarding countless internships through the NSA in fields ranging from Cybersecurity to Human Resources to the famous Summer Language Program. Academic internships such as the Cooperative Education Program through the NSA require applications to be submitted online between Feb. 1st - March 31st and/or Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st. for the following semester. Applications for Summer 2017 will be accepted until October 15, 2016.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The Intelligence Careers Community Website offers information regarding countless internships through the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Student Employment Program

Student employment assignments are open to associate, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and are based on entry-level professional job descriptions, which will involve a great deal of independent and team oriented work under the guidance of a senior-level supervisor and mentors. Students who perform successfully and meet program requirements are invited to continue in the program for the duration of their degree programs, and may be granted the opportunity for conversion to permanent employment upon graduation. Applications are due for Summer 2017 by April 30, 2016.

National Labor Relations Board

The National Labor Relations Board offers internships to undergraduates through the Pathways Program. Available internships include part-time temporary positions as well as full time employment opportunities.

Supreme Court of the United States

Judicial Internship Program

For more than 40 years, the Judicial Internship Program has provided advanced undergraduate students and recent college graduates a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the field of judicial administration through working in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice.  Many prior Judicial Interns have become practicing attorneys. Some have become law clerks at the Supreme Court and other federal courts, professors and deans of leading law and business schools, senior staff members in Congress, and attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice. Applications deadlines: For fall placement - June 1 For spring placement - October 20. For summer placement - February 10


Student Internship Program

Spring 2017 Internship applications will close July 1, 2016. Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid) applications will close mid-October 2016.

Please note this is an earlier-than-usual deadline. You are highly encouraged to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principal foreign affairs agency.

So if you would like to spend next Summer as an intern with the U.S. Department of State, please mark your calendar and make sure to apply before the deadline. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

* Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

Please visit the state department's internship page for more information about the Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs.

U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program 2016/2017 (paid)

USFSIS applications are ONLY OPEN from September 25 until October 2, 2016 on USAJOBS.

Students should prepare their applications beforehand, as there is a lot to submit within a one week time-frame. It is a PAID, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy over two summers. The first summer will be in the District of Columbia and the second summer will be in an embassy abroad (with housing and transportation costs covered as part of the program).

Key requirements:

  • U.S. citizens enrolled in undergraduate degree program; cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.

  • Must be in their sophomore or junior year when applying.

  • Must have firm plans to continue their education in the year after the first summer.

  • Must apply for and receive a security clearance prior to the start of the program and remain in good academic standing.

Applications must include:

  • Applicant profile (if new to USAJOBS) - long format federal resume

  • USFSIP Application, including Statement of Interest (why you're interested in a public service internship)

  • Transcripts

  • Essay

  • FAFSA/Student Aid Report

  • Endorsements

This opportunity will ONLY BE POSTED ON USAJobs from September 25 until October 2. All materials and endorsements must be submitted within that window.

Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. There are hundreds of internship, fellowship and research opportunities available for talented and motivated students. Many deadlines for summer positions are in early January. School year internships last 10 weeks and accept applicants on a rolling basis. To learn more about all the programs, register with their internship portal.

U.S. House of Representatives & Senate

Individual Congressional Offices recruit for their internships on their own timelines. Please start your research by looking at Members’ personal, committee or campaign websites. Some offices regularly post their openings on Hoya Career Connection (HCC) or communicate with the Georgetown University Office of Federal Relations about their needs. You can register for more information through their Internship Resource Center.

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)

The intern program at USTR is a semester-long, volunteer program in which undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students gain knowledge and experience in conducting U.S. trade policy. Assignments may include research, analysis, statistics, and coordination of briefing books, report preparation, meeting and conference planning, letter writing, and covering meetings, hearings, and/or legislative markup sessions. Internships are available in all 26 departments of the Washington, DC office as well as at USTR’s offices in Beijing, China, and Geneva, Switzerland.

Spring internship applications are due November 15, Summer are due April 15 and Fall are due August 15.

White House

White House Internship Program (WHIP)

This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. These committed citizens become a part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.

While the interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Application deadlines: Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016. Spring 2017 (likely mid-September 2016)

Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve Board Summer Internship Program

The Federal Reserve Board provides students avenues of opportunity for career success. The Board's Avenues Internship Program is designed to provide valuable work experience for undergraduate and graduate students considering careers in economics, finance and accounting, information systems, law, and other areas. The Board believes that by combining academic endeavors with project-related work experience, qualified and capable college students can gain the practical knowledge needed in a competitive global job market. Paid and unpaid internships are available. Applications are Due March 1 for Summer 2017.

Library of Congress

There are many internship, fellowship, and volunteer program opportunities throughout the Library of Congress. Internship types and application deadlines vary. Check out their internship portal for more information and to browse their opportunities.