Federal Agencies Internship Opportunity Bank

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative) is aiming to make federal opportunities available for the Hispanic community. One way is to raise awareness of internships within the federal government.

The valuable experience provided by federal internships gives students more insight into possible careers in the public sector and makes them better candidates when pursuing future jobs. The  Initiative is one of many federal agencies involved in the Federal Interagency Working Group’s efforts to promote these internships.

Since one of the issues preventing students, particularly Hispanic students, from completing internships is not having access to information, the Initiative compiled a list of federal internships in one location. By compiling the opportunities in one area, students will have easier access to information about the many opportunities available, as well as necessary information about the application process and what the internships entail.

With the wide array of internship opportunities, every student can find something that fits their career interests. Internship duties can vary from research analysis,  computer programming, event planning, to designing mechanical devices, evaluating cost proposals, drafting legal memorandum, acquiring data on field and many more. Although a large number of internships are located in Washington D.C., many can be found across the country.

There are two types of internship programs in the federal government: Pathways Internship Program and the Student Volunteer Program

  • The Pathways Internship program is great place to find paid internship opportunities. The internship program are for current students and can be either part- or full-time.  Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. To learn more of the program, click here. To apply for these opportunities, you will need to create a profile on USAJOBS. To view current Pathways Internship opportunities, click here.
  • The Student Volunteer (Unpaid Internships) opportunities which are opened to students in high school and college. They are offered by various agencies and and have different application processes and deadlines. These opportunities allow students to gain work experience and explore career options,  all while developing personal and professional skills.  To learn more about them, click here.

The agencies are listed in alphabetical order below, and each link will direct to information about their specific internship offerings.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Internships

The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. It performs five general functions to promote the effective operation of the U.S. economy and, more generally, the public interest. It was created by the Congress to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system.

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Internships

When you’re part of the CIA, you can.

To say working at the CIA as a student is unique would be an understatement. Whether you’re in an internship, Cooperative Education (Co-op) program or scholarship program, you are tackling some of the most critical work that keeps our nation safe.

Offered throughout the year in the Washington, DC area, our paid student programs span various fields of study. From accountability and finance, to foreign languages, economics, engineering and information technology, we need talented and intelligent people to do the the work that protects all Americans. As you work alongside experts in your field, you will obtain real-world insight into the CIA and Intelligence Community – preparing you for a career more impactful than you ever dreamed possible. Learn more about these opportunities and how you can apply at https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-programs/.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Internships

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created to provide a single point of accountability for enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. CFPB regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educate and empower consumers to make better informed financial decisions.

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Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) Internships

The Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) Internships

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent, self-sustaining Executive Branch agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services.  EXIM fills in the gap for American businesses by equipping them with the financing tools necessary to compete for global sales. In doing so, EXIM levels the playing field for U.S. goods and services going up against foreign competition in overseas markets, so that American companies can create more good-paying American jobs.

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Internships

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.

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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Internships

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection, making large and complex financial institutions resolvable and managing receiverships.

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Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Internships

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) and is responsible for the effective supervision, regulation, and housing mission oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which includes the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks and the Office of Finance. FHFA ensures that the housing government sponsored enterprises operate in a safe and sound manner so that they serve as a reliable source of liquidity and funding for housing finance and community investment.

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Internships

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to protect consumers by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices, enhancing informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process, and accomplishing this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Internships

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. IMLS serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage, and increase civic participation.  IMLS serves to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Internships

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) serves as the nation’s forefront of such exploration and continues to pioneer in aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations. NASA is responsible for unique scientific and technological achievements in human spaceflight, aeronautics, space science, and space applications that have had widespread impacts on our nation and the world.

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National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Internships

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is an independent federal agency that insures deposits at federally insured credit unions, protects the members who own credit unions, and charters and regulates federal credit unions. NCUA’s mission is to provide, through regulation and supervision, a safe and sound credit union system, which promotes confidence in the national system of cooperative credit. Its vision is to protect consumer rights and member deposits.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Internships

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. NEA is the largest national source of funds for the arts, whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Internships

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH grants are typically awarded to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Internships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and to secure the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, federally-supported college and university research.

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U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Internships

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) serves as the chief human resources agency and personnel policy manager for the Federal Government. OPM provides human resources leadership and support to Federal agencies and helps the Federal workforce achieve their aspirations as they serve the American people.

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Smithsonian Institution Internships

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world. The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829) according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”

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Social Security Administration Internships

The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s Social Security programs. The Social Security Administration focuses on supporting our customers by delivering financial support, providing superior customer service, and ensuring the safety and security of private information.

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U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Internships

The mission of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors is to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. The agency’s mission is reinforced by those of the individual broadcasters that are overseen by the USAGM.

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U.S. Agency International Development (USAID) Internships

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to ensure a better future for us all. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) Internships

Established as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) informs the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

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U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Internships

The mission of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is to foster open, transparent, competitive, and financially sound markets. By working to avoid systemic risk, the Commission aims to protect market users and their funds, consumers, and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to derivatives and other products that are subject to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA)

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Internships

Established in 1862, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, through stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world. USDA provides economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Internships

The U.S. Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation’s economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels. The Department of Commerce is home to many agencies such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census Bureau, Minority Business Development Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Internships

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes. The Department of Defense is America’s oldest and largest government agency. With its military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation. Today, the Department is not only in charge of the military, but it also employs a civilian force of thousands.

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U.S. Department of Education (ED) Internships

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management, and accountability in federal education programs. ED works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students. ED is dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key education issues, prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Internships

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s goal is to advance national, economic, and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.  DOE is tasked with maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation, overseeing the United States’ energy supply, carrying out the environmental clean-up from the Cold War nuclear mission, and the 17 National Laboratories.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Internships

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves. HHS fulfills that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Its duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear – keeping America safe.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Internships

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management, and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimi nation.

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U.S. Department of the Interior Internships

The U.S. Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the nation’s natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities, and excellence in management. The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities. The Department of the Interior is home to agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Internships

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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U.S. Department of Labor Internships

The U.S. Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits, and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

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U.S. Department of State Internships

The U.S. Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury Internships

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is a steward of United States economic and financial systems, promotes conditions for prosperity and stability in the U.S., and encourages prosperity and stability in the rest of the world. The Department of the Treasury is responsible for a wide range of activities such as advising the President on economic and financial issues, encouraging sustainable economic growth, and fostering improved governance in financial institutions.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Internships

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Internships

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) strives for excellence in patient care and veteran’s benefits for its constituents through high-quality, prompt, and seamless service to United States veterans.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Internships

The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. The EPA develops and enforces regulations, give grants, study environmental issues, sponsor partnerships, teach people about the environment, and publish information.

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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Internships

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

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U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Internships

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) provides centralized procurement for the federal government, offering billions of dollars worth of products, services, and facilities that federal agencies need to serve the public. GSA’s acquisition solutions supply federal purchasers with cost-effective high-quality products and services from commercial vendors. GSA helps federal agencies build and acquire office space, products and other workspace services, and oversees the preservation of historic federal properties. Its policies covering travel, property and management practices promote efficient government operations.

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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Internships

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) enables people to inspect the record of what the federal government has done, enables officials and agencies to review their actions, and helps citizens hold them accountable.

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Internships

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment. NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection, and enforcement of its requirements.

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Internships

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation. The SEC strives to promote a market environment that is worthy of the public’s trust.

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Small Business Administration (SBA) Internships

The Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains and strengthens the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting, and protecting the interests of small businesses, and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters. SBA provides assistance primarily through access business financing, entrepreneurial development, government contracting and advocacy.

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U.S. Intelligence Community Internships

The U.S. Intelligence Community’s mission is to collect, analyze, and deliver foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to America’s leaders so they can make sound decisions to protect our country. Our customers include the president, policy-makers, law enforcement, and the military.

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U.S. Intelligence Community Internships

The White House Internships

The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

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