U.S. Department of Education internship

US Department of Education building

The Department of Education offers internships for students interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the department’s mission to promote student achievement and prepare for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. 

The department works to tailor each intern’s experience to the interests and skills of the interns against the needs of department offices. In the past, students have completed projects focused on policy analysis and evaluation, finance, public affairs and communications, community outreach, intergovernmental relations, legislative affairs, media and legal work.

Eligibility to apply:

  • Attend an accredited educational institution. A recent graduate is ineligible to apply unless he/she can provide proof of future enrollment.
  • Have permission from the institution at which he/she is currently enrolled to participate in the internship program.
  • Be enrolled not less than half time in a course of study related to the work to be performed. 
  • Interns usually work 20 to 40 hours per week during the spring and fall terms and full-time during the summer session.

Individuals who are not U.S. citizens, but who reside in the U.S., may volunteer (1) if they are lawful permanent residents, (2) if they are non-immigrant aliens with F-1 or J-1 visa status, who are bona fide students residing in the U.S. solely to pursue a course of study at a recognized, approved institution of education or (3) have deferred action (DACA) status.

National intern applicants have additional criteria to meet for consideration, more information can be found in the job posting.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, log into Handshake with your FIU credentials and type in the following keyword: education.  

Deadline to apply is Oct. 1.