Summer Internship Now Open!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities offers full-time internships year round (spring, summer, and fall). Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered, although the Initiative prioritizes full-time applicants (32-40 hours a week). Internships are available in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Education, Initiative headquarters.

The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of Executive Order 13779, dated February 28, 2017.  Its purpose is to promote Excellence and Innovation at HBCUs.

Interns at the Initiative are responsible for assisting the staff on a wide range of HBCU issues and priorities, including economic competiveness, economic development, education, workforce diversity and workforce development. In addition, interns will help write memos and proposals, assist with communications and social media, coordinate and staff events, and conduct outreach to national and local HBCU organizations and leaders.

Applicants for intern positions must be undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time. at an HBCU.  Candidates should be familiar with HBCU issues and have outstanding research, writing, communications, and computer skills.

How to Apply:*

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Department of Education’s Internship page for detailed instructions and the internship application.

Additionally, please send the following to

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Department of Education Internship Application

(*If not accepted to this program in our office, your application may be passed onto other federal agencies for consideration.)


Please note that the dates below are approximate. Based on a student’s availability and school schedule, internships can begin or end before or after the dates indicated below.

  • Fall
    • Dates of program: September through December
    • Submission Deadline: July 15
  • Winter/Spring
    • Dates of program: January through May
    • Submission Deadline: October 1
  • Summer
    • Dates of program: May/June through July/August
    • Submission Deadline: March 15

All applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Enrolled at and HBCU in a degree-seeking program at an accredited academic institution
  • U.S. Citizen and authorized to work in the United States

All internship positions at the U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on HBCUs are unpaid. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.