Doctoral Student Internships at the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Are you interested in engaging in federal early childhood education policy?  Do you have a burning desire to learn more about the U.S. Department of Education?  Do you need new ideas to enhance your dissertation research? Do you want to network with other interns with like interests?  Well, look no further.  It’s not too late to apply for a summer or fall internship to enhance your doctoral education!  Consider interning with the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education for an exciting opportunity to learn about federal policy that supports children with disabilities and their families. 

 Apply today by submitting the following documents to

*   A cover letter, including the kind of work that you are most interested in.
*   An up-to-date resume.


 Are disciplines other than education eligible to express an interest?

Absolutely!!  All Doctoral students prepared in early intervention/early childhood disciplines and practices are welcome to apply including, but not limited to:  PT, OT, speech therapy, nursing, psychology, social work, assistive technology, vision, education, audiology.

 We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division, Department of Education offers internships for interested early childhood/early intervention/early childhood special education Doctoral students seeking valuable work experience in federal education policy. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to OSEP’s mission to prepare high quality personnel to serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.

OSEP offers internships in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Typically interns are with the Department for eight to ten weeks (some can stay shorter or longer depending on circumstances).

Types of Internships

OSEP works to tailor each intern’s experience to their interests, and matches skills of the interns with the needs of Division. In the past, interns have completed early childhood projects focusing on:

*   Personnel Preparation
*   Professional Development
*   Parent and Family Engagement
*   Training and Technical Assistance
*   Assistive Technology
*   Other interesting projects

Interns usually work 20 to 40 hours per week during the spring and fall terms and full-time during the summer session. While these timeframes work best for most interns, all scheduling, including start/end dates and hours per week, is flexible and negotiated between the candidate and his or her office during the interview stage of the selection process.


In order to apply to intern at OSEP, students must:

* Be a current early childhood, early intervention or early childhood special education Doctoral student

Letter of Interest

Applicants must submit the following documents to<>

*  cover letter, including the kind of work that you are most interested in.
*  An up-to-date resume.