An internship in Washington, D.C. will have lasting impact on your future career. Before you start your search, here are some tips:
- Rely on the existing network infrastructure you already have! FIU professors, friends, alumni, and staff may know of an opportunity, key agency, or an organization that is looking to hire interns, entry level, or experienced candidates. Your network will be your biggest ally, so start cultivating it now by arranging informational interviews and coffee chats. Alumni and professors are usually more than willing to help make connections!
- Build a game plan by conducting research on the organizations that exist in Washington, D.C. There are many different types: congressional offices, government organizations, think tanks, non-profits, businesses, and more that deal with a myriad of topics. Many organizations may already have formalized internship programs that you could be eligible for, so search for those as well. Once you have your game plan, start by reaching out to the organization to learn more information.
- Tap into job listings in Washington, D.C. by searching LinkedIn, Office of Personnel Management's USAJobs, emailing your congressional representative for internship and job opportunities, or the many affinity group organizations that have formalized internship programs (CHCI, AIPAC, CBCI, CHLI, APAICS, etc.).
- Reach out to your school/college to learn about internship and career opportunities. Many of the colleges have dedicated career services staff to assist in resume/cover letter development, applications, interviewing, etc. Colleges with career staff include:
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, Florida 33199
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Nelly C. Leon, Asst. Director Career Development Services
School of Communication + Journalism
Biscayne Bay Campus - Academic Two
3000 NE 151 St.
North Miami, FL 33181
Lynne Farber, Advertising and Public Relations Internship coordinator
Prof. Lilliam Martinez-Bustos, Journalism, Digital media, and Broadcasting Internship Coordinator