Funded Federal Diversity Internships Provide Paid Opportunities for College Students

November 4, 2020 The Washington Center

Funded Federal Diversity Internships Provide Paid Opportunities for College Students

Gain meaningful professional experience and build a valuable network of connections. Learn more about The Washington Center's Funded Federal Diversity Internships.

The Washington Center (TWC) partners with multiple U.S. federal agencies to offer paid internship programs with the goal of increasing diversity in the federal workforce. These federal agencies recognize that diversity brings innovation and creativity to the workplace, encourages fresh perspectives that inspire new ideas and sparks positive change.

You can apply for any of the following paid federal internship opportunities through the link to their program pages below. You will gain meaningful professional experience and build a valuable network of connections that could open the door to new opportunities in the future.

Here’s a brief overview of TWC’s Funded Federal Diversity Internships - all of which require U.S. citizenship. Students with a 3.0 GPA and above are encouraged to apply. 


Federal Aviation Administration Minority Serving Institutions Intern Program

If you have an interest in the fields of aerospace and aviation, you should consider an internship with this agency whose mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. 

Funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and administered by TWC, the FAA MSI internship is a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to get hands-on experience in the federal government, while learning more about how the FAA provides the safest, most efficient and environmentally responsible civil aviation systems and airspace possible.

While the FAA MSI internships are typically located either in Washington, D.C., or in FAA regional offices across the country, due to COVID-19, internships for spring 2021 will be remote.

Typically, internships are available during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Fall and spring semester internships are 15 weeks long, and summer internships are 10 weeks long. Selections are made on a rolling basis. Your compensation for this internship includes a bi-weekly stipend that is determined based on the number of hours worked weekly and whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student.

Spring 2021 Program Dates: January 25 - May 7
Application Deadline: November 16, 2020
Questions? Contact FAA@twc.edu

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Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

This unique summer internship opportunity is funded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and administered by TWC. The paid internship program aims to mentor and cultivate tomorrow’s transportation leaders. You’ll get hands-on experience and on-the-job training while working on current transportation-related topics and issues.

Your assignment to one of the Department of Transportation’s Operating Administrations is based on your major, preference for a particular area and geographic preference. Internships are typically located in Washington, D.C. and in regional locations across the U.S.

Due to COVID-19, it has not yet been determined if internships for the summer 2021 program will be remote.

Your compensation for this internship depends on whether you are an undergraduate, graduate or law student. There is funding for roundtrip airfare and fully-furnished housing (if permanent residence is over 50 miles away from the internship assignment site).

Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 7 - August 13
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
Questions? Contact DOTSTIPDG@twc.edu

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Department of Navy (DoN) – Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) HBCU/MI Internship Program

This program provides an opportunity for STEM students to have an enriching summer experience working full time in one of the nation’s leading multidisciplinary science and technology programs under the guidance of senior NRL staff. In addition to scientific research, you will have the opportunity to attend scientific and skill-set seminars on topics including laboratory safety, ethics in science and engineering, job-search and interviewing skills and resume writing.

Sponsored by the Department of the Navy (DoN) and supported by TWC, internships are awarded competitively to students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate training in a STEM discipline. As a program focused on promoting diversity, candidates must be enrolled at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Minority Institution (MI) or Tribal College or University.

All interns will be paid with a small stipend. Funding for roundtrip transportation to Washington, D.C. is available if necessary, and summer housing will be offered at a reduced rate if desired. Housing availability for summer 2021 will be based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’d like to express your interest in the summer 2021 program, please complete this form.

Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 1 - August 6 (tentative)
Application Deadline: Mid-February, 2021
Questions? Contact NRL@twc.edu

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Other Funded Federal Diversity Internships

TWC partners with multiple federal agencies for their internship programs for diverse students.  When you apply through TWC, we work to match you with the federal agency that would best fit your background and interests.

Typically, internships are available during the spring, summer and fall semesters.

Fall and spring semester internships are 15 weeks long, and summer internships are 10 weeks long. Selections are made on a rolling basis.

If you’d like to express your interest in the summer 2021 program, please complete this form.

Questions? Contact Federal@twc.edu

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The Washington Center

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we've helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative.

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