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FIU in DC supports students in the process of securing an internship in Washington, D.C., and provides a cohort-based learning and professional development experience for all students and recent graduates who have a DC internship.  You're on the right page if you want to sign up for our internship alerts, let us know you have an internship, see sample internship placements, and review resources on federal hiring, scholarships, housing and more.  

 

Seeking a DC Internship?

Sign up for the Talent Lab Prep Network by letting us know more about your ambitions, skills, and interests. You will begin to receive email announcements of DC-based internship and job opportunities, as well as Miami-based events, scholarships, fellowships, and short-term DC fly-ins to network with potential employers.

Secured a DC Internship?

Don't spend the semester in Washington without letting us know. Regardless of how you found your internship or where you are interning in the District, take a few minutes to tell us about yourself and your internship so we can welcome you to FIU in DC when you land, and invite you to exclusive Talent Lab Impact Series events featuring government and industry leaders from our DC network.

Ready To Make an Impact? Be a Hamilton Scholar

All FIU interns in DC have access to FIU in DC's team, space, and events. If you're looking to commit exceeding expectations through a more structured experience, including in-person courses in Washington and ongoing interactions with an assigned mentor, see if our Hamilton Scholars program is right for you.

Sample Placements

There is no limit to the type of internship placement that you can have in Washington, D.C.  Our team supports you in searching for your own dream internship, and shares new postings with our student community every two weeks.  Here are some of our key placement partners and sites that have hosted, and paid, FIU students in the recent past.  All opportunities listed here are paid or stipend-bearing.

  • U.S. House of Representatives

    Members of Congress from South Florida and across the country host FIU interns to handle constituent inquiries, policy research, and press relations. Students also access Congressional internships through CHCI, CHLI, and CBCF.
  • Partnership for Public Service

    The Public Service Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to make the federal government more efficient, from the vantage point of this nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
  • AARP

    AARP Interns make life better for aging Americans through a variety of roles at one of the nation's largest advocacy organizations.
  • Government Accountability Office

    This legislative-branch federal agency oversees the spending of the federal budget and ensures that executive branch programs are operating effectively.
  • The Heritage Foundation

    The mission of Heritage's Young Leaders Program is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
  • MITRE

    MITRE's interns solve problems for a safer world through federally funded R&D centers and public-private partnerships.
  • HACU (National Internship Program)

    The HACU National Internship Program places students in paid internships with federal government agencies.
  • Brookings

    Brookings Institution interns work on a vareity of projects at one of the most well-known research think tanks in DC.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Interns at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce support the organization's mission of promoting free enterprise and a strong economy.
  • Win Without War

    Win Without War is an advocacy organization which promotes a progressive foreign policy less reliant on armed conflict.
  • Center for American Progress

    The Center for American Progress' goal is to inspire, train, and educate the next generation of progressive Americans. 
  • National Geographic

    Interns at National Geographic Society work in a variety of units and roles within this global media and environmental organization. (Summer only).
  • Koch Internship Program

    The Koch Internship Program places students with a variety of ideologically diverse think tank partners while providing in-house professional development.
  • World Resources Institute

    Students seeking an internship related to the environment should explore World Resources Institute, a global research organization.
  • Inter-American Development Bank

    Passionate about Latin America and global development finance? Don't miss IDB's Washington, D.C. internship program.

Resources

Use these links and tips to help secure and design your dream internship semester.

If you are interested in federal government careers, you should begin to create a federal government resume which has some very different features from a standard resume.  The following resources explain key features of federal resumes.

The Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit which works to create a more effective federal government, has created the below Go Government guide with a wide variety of resources about career paths in the federal government.

https://gogovernment.org/

This page has information about the federal government's GS Pay Scale, which is found on all federal job postings: https://gogovernment.org/pay-and-the-general-schedule-gs/

For agencies which require a security clearance, this resource can help you prepare:

https://careersingovernment.com/tools/gov-talk/about-gov/education/5-tips-prepare-us-government-security-clearance/

FIU Federal Government Statewide Conference 

Be sure to save the date for and attend FIU's annual Federal Government Statewide Conference for comprehensive federal career preparation. 

Check out this video from a previous Conference with advice from federal employees. 

Looking for a career in Congress?

This Congressional Research Service guide provides useful information about internships across the federal government:

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-654.pdf