Carnegie Mellon University

Federal Agency Internship Resources

Applying for internship opportunities with US government agencies requires more time and planning than traditional internship applications. Many agencies also have very early deadlines. If you’re interested in interning with a federal agency, you’ll need to start working on your application at least one year before you plan to come to Washington.

Follow the steps below to prepare:

  • Before you begin an application, review the Office of Personnel Management -- Federal Internship Guide page for eligibility and general requirements.
  • Check agency internship pages (sample linked below) to determine required documents and application deadlines -- they can vary by agency, so it’s important that you don’t skip this step!
  • When you’re ready to begin searching for openings, use the USA Jobs -- Federal Internship Job Board.  Most agencies advertise their openings here, as well as on their own websites. Start by searching with the keyword “intern.”
  • "If you have any questions about the process or individual applications, reach out to IPS Deputy Director Emily Half to set up an application consultation."

Below are links to some of the most popular federal internship programs to get you started. There are hundreds of Federal Agencies and offices, however, so use USA Jobs to find additional opportunities that are of interest to you!

Congressional Research Service Internship Program
Department of Agriculture Internship Program 
Department of Commerce Internship Program 
Department of Defense Internship Program
Department of Education Internship Program
Department of Energy Internship Program
Department of Health and Human Services Internship Program 
Department of Housing and Urban Development Internship Program
Department of the Interior Internship Program
Department of Justice Internship Program 
Department of Labor Internship Program
Department of State Student Internship Program 
Department of Transportation Internship Program
Department of the Treasury Internship Program
Department of Veterans Affairs Internship Program
Environmental Protection Agency Internship Program 
US Agency for International Development Internship Program  
The White House Internship Program