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4.1. Internships with the White House

White House Summer Internship
What: The President, First Lady, and staff are committed to providing young leaders from all across the nation an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain exposure to the public service sector through the White House Internship Program. This program was developed to provide hands-on experience and cultivate such skills. It also features a weekly speaker series with senior staff, and interns participate in service projects throughout their time at the White House.

Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships
Deadline: January 22, 2012

Who can apply: US Citizens, over 18 years old, college undergraduate/graduate students or those who have graduated within two years, or veterans who have served on active duty within the past two years.

Presidential Appointments Process

What: President Obama has challenged Presidential Personnel to build an administration that reflects America. We work with all cabinet agencies to find qualified candidates for political appointments that can drive the kind of creativity, innovation and change that President Obama has brought to Washington. The President sees the disability community as part of our talent pool and we hope to give interested candidates a sense of what we do in PPO and offer tangible tips of how you can put your best foot forward in pursuit of a potential appointment.

Who can apply: Anyone

Website: https://app2.whitehouse.gov/ppo/

Email: presidentialpersonneloffice@who.eop.gov subject line: Public Engagement Call


Summer Jobs +

What: On January 5th, the White House announced Summer Jobs+, an initiative to add 180,000 summer jobs, internships, and fellowships for young Americans. In the coming months, young Americans will be able to search these openings through the Summer Jobs+ Bank and apply online.

Web: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/05/we-cant-wait-white-house-announces-federal-and-private-sector-commitment


2012 Student Summer Programs at DOL

What:  The Department of Labor's Student Summer Programs provide current students with experiential work experience as an integral part of the student's course of study.  To ensure a productive experience for both the student intern or volunteer and the sponsoring agency, the Agency promotes an educational environment for the benefit of the student by offering substantive and developmental work, close and constant supervision and feedback, and sets clear expectations regarding the desired outcomes of the student's internship or volunteer service.  The goal is to have at least 100 student summer interns and volunteers housed in the National Office and at least 80 student interns and volunteers in the regions during the 6-10 week summer program.
Website: www.dol.gov

Deadline: Students must submit all application materials (resume, cover letter, and short writing sample) to students@dol.gov by COB on April 6, 2012.
Who can apply:  Candidates must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution.    


Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP)
What: The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
Website: https://wrp.gov
Deadline: Interviews are conducted in the fall semester at participating campuses and the database is published each December. For the 2013 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2012.

Who can apply: Candidates must be U.S. citizens. In addition, candidates must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database.

Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates
What: The Pathways Programs are three clear program paths tailored to recruit, hire, develop, and retain students and recent graduates. It lays the groundwork to improve recruiting efforts; offers clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates; and provides meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal careers. The three program paths included in its framework are: an Internship Program, a Recent Graduates Program, and a reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.  
Website: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/pathways/ and http://www.usajobs.gov/studentjobs
Deadline: Varies by Federal agency
Who can apply: Programs will be launched in the spring of 2012. All the eligibility requirements will be provided on the websites above once the program regulations are implemented.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

What: The Presidential Management Fellows Program is the flagship leadership program for advanced degree candidates and is designed to develop potential government leaders. It also seeks to encourage lasting careers and dedication to public service and government.

Website: http://www.pmf.gov/

Deadline: Applications for the 2012 cycle were completed in September 2011 through usajobs.gov website. For the 2013 program, applications will be accepted in September 2012.

Who can apply: US citizens or in rare cases, non-US citizens appointed by Federal agencies or who will earn citizenship by fellowship completion. Applicant must be enrolled in a graduate degree program within one year of applying and complete their degree by August 31st in the year their fellowship begins.

United States Department of Agriculture Summer Internship Program
Student employees gain valuable professional experience as an assistant in scientific, professional, technical, and/or administrative areas. The "Student Internship Program" could be a paid or unpaid internship. The internship opportunity gives students insight into considering a future career with USDA. Annually USDA employs thousands of students nationwide throughout our 7 Mission Areas, 17 agencies and 14 offices.
Who can apply:
Students aged 16 or older in high schools, community colleges, 4 year colleges/universities, trade schools, career/ technical education programs, graduate programs and other qualifying educational institutions and programs, as determined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are all qualified to apply.


More Great Links

  1. 1.     Federal Internship Directory

This directory lists internship opportunities in many federal agencies


  1. 2.     USAJobs
    Most federal vacancies are advertised on the USAJOBS Web site found at www.usajobs.gov.This is the Federal government's official site for job information and includes over 16,000 job postings. Through this site, you can search for openings in a particular field, city, or agency, or all three
  2. Disability.gov
    This website, managed by the Department of Labor, lists many employment resources. https://www.disability.gov/employment/finding_a_job/places_to_search_for_a_job
  3. Learn about Schedule A
    Schedule A is an excepted service hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote individuals with disabilities by avoiding the traditional, and sometimes lengthy, competitive hiring process. You are eligible for a Schedule A appointment if you are a person with a severe physical or mental disability, and meet the qualifications of the job in question. http://golearn.gov/HiringReform/applicant/hpd.htm

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