ED Accepting Applications for Summer 2014 Internships Through March 15

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The Department of Education (ED) is the place where you can explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, or intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or even work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education.

If the above appeals to you, then an internship at ED may be right for you. Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy while developing a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication and time-management skills, but interns also participate in group intern events, such as brownbag lunches with ED officials, movie nights and local tours. One of the many advantages to an ED internship is the proximity to some of the most historic and celebrated sites in our nation’s capital, all accessible by walking or taking the metro.

ED is accepting applications for Summer 2014 through March 15. If you are interested in interning for the upcoming summer term, there are three materials you must send before being considered for an interview:

    1. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here what particular offices interest you, keeping in mind that due to the volume of applications received, you may not be awarded with your first-choice office upon acceptance.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. A completed copy of the Intern Application.

Once these three documents are finalized, prospective interns should send them in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Fall Intern Application.

(Note: For candidates also interested in applying specifically to the Office of General Counsel (OGC), please see application requirements here.

An internship at ED is one of the best ways a student can learn about education policy and working in the civil service, but it is not limited to this. Your internship at ED is where you will develop crucial workplace skills that will help you in whatever career path you choose, and it is also where you will meet fellow students like yourself, who share your passions for education, learning, and engagement.

Click here for more information or to get started on your application today.

De’Rell Bonner works in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach

ED Accepting Applications for Winter-Spring 2014 Internships Through November 15

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Earlier this year, Secretary Arne Duncan joined ED’s 2013 summer interns for a brown bag lunch.

The Department of Education (ED) is the place where you can explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, or intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or even work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education.

If the above appeals to you, then an internship at ED may be right for you. Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy while developing a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication and time-management skills, but interns also participate in group intern events, such as brownbag lunches with ED officials, movie nights and local tours. One of the many advantages to an ED internship is the proximity to some of the most historic and celebrated sites in our nation’s capital, all accessible by walking or taking the metro.

ED is accepting applications for Winter-Spring 2014 through November 15. If you are interested in interning for the upcoming winter or spring term, there are three materials you must send before being considered for an interview:

    1. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here what particular offices interest you, keeping in mind that due to the volume of applications received, you may not be awarded with your first-choice office upon acceptance.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. A completed copy of the Intern Application.

Once these three documents are finalized, prospective interns should send them in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Spring Intern Application.

(Note: For candidates also interested in applying specifically to the Office of General Counsel (OGC), please see application requirements here)

An internship at ED is one of the best ways a student can learn about education policy and working in the civil service, but it is not limited to this. Your internship at ED is where you will develop crucial workplace skills that will help you in whatever career path you choose, and it is also where you will meet fellow students like yourself, who share your passions for education, learning, and engagement.

Click here for more information or to get started on your application today.

De’Rell Bonner works in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach

Apply Today for the Virtual Student Foreign Service

VSFS PosterAre you yearning to get some hands-on experience learning about how federal agencies operate, but can’t make it to Washington, D.C., for an internship? Federal Student Aid (FSA), a principal office of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), is teaming up with the Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) to harness technology and to engage students who are interested in careers in postsecondary education but can’t make it to Washington.

VSFS is a virtual e-Internship program housed in the Department of State that matches student interns with federal agencies to complete projects virtually from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world.

This year, VSFS has 276 projects available, and student interns are asked to commit 10 hours per week from September through April. Past e-interns have worked on projects focused on research, social media, website design, data visualization, reporting, teaching, and a plethora of other areas.

Check out this introductory video for an overview of the VSFS program or visit the VSFS website for more information.

To Apply

Applications for the 2013-2014 VSFS e-Internship program will be accepted until July 22, 2013 on USAJobs.  Interested U.S. citizen undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students are encouraged to apply to make a real difference – virtually – during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.  As part of the application package, students must submit an official or unofficial transcript, a statement of interest, and a resume.

ED will screen all applicants who successfully meet the criteria and have selected an ED-posted project as on their top three choices.  Selected interns will be subject to ED’s standard student volunteer and recruitment and onboarding procedures. U.S. citizen students studying abroad or attending foreign universities are welcome to apply.

If you have questions about ED-posted projects, please e-mail VirtualIntern@ed.gov.

Nicholas Owen is a management and program analyst in the Immediate Office of the Chief Operating Office at Federal Student Aid

Intern at ED

Do you have an interest in education policy analysis or research? In intergovernmental relations or public affairs? Does working with social media while learning about the role of the Federal government in education sound like your cup of tea?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you think you might have a future in government or education, then an internship at the Department of Education could be for you.

Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy while developing a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication, and time-management skills, but interns are also encouraged to participate in group intern events, such as brownbag lunches with ED officials, movie nights, and local tours. For many, one of the many advantages of an ED internship is the proximity to such historical and celebrated sites it provides via its location at our nation’s capital.

Secretary Duncan joins ED interns for a Q/A

Secretary Duncan took questions during a recent intern lunch meeting at ED. Official Department of Education photo by Leslie Williams.

ED accepts intern applications on a rolling year-long schedule, but due to the competitive nature of securing an internship at ED, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in interning this upcoming spring term, there are three materials you must send in  before being considered for an interview:

    1. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here what particular offices interest you, keeping in mind that due to the volume of applications received, you may not be awarded with your first-choice office upon acceptance.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. A completed copy of the Intern Application.

Once these three documents are finalized, prospective interns should send them in one email to StudentInterns@ed.gov with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Spring Intern Application.

An internship at ED is one of the best ways a student can learn about education policy and working in the civil service, but it is not limited to this definition. Your internship at ED is where you will develop crucial workplace skills that will help you down whatever career path you choose, and it is also where you will meet fellow students like yourself who share your passions for education, learning, and engagement.

Click here for more information or to get started on your application today.

Alexandra Strott is a student at Middlebury College and a recent intern in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach