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The Department of Commerce (DOC) announces opportunities for both summer and academic year paid internships.
• Interns participate in on-site work experiences with DOC bureaus and offices in order to integrate academic theory and workplace requirements, gain relevant skills and knowledge, explore Federal career options, develop professional networks, and gain a greater awareness of the role of Federal agencies.
• Basic eligibility requires enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at two and four-year accredited educational institutions, as well as U.S. citizenship.
• Interns receive stipends as well as paid round-trip transportation expenses between their schools/homes and work locations. Assistance with temporary housing arrangements is also provided. Most internships are in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, but some assignments are available at locations around the United States, where Commerce regional and local offices are situated.
• Interns hosted under the Postsecondary Internship Program are not employees of the Department of Commerce; rather, they are affiliated with one of the four sponsoring organizations with which the Department collaborates to recruit interns.
Students interested in being considered for opportunities under the Department of Commerce Postsecondary Internship Program should directly contact any of the following five sponsoring organizations. Links to the respective web sites are provided for your convenience. Each sponsoring organization has its own eligibility criteria, program benefits and application form; some have an electronic version of the application form available on their web sites. Please note that all programs are open to any students who meet program eligibility criteria; none is limited to minority students only.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) was founded to foster educational programs and strategies that would increase the number of Native American scientists, engineers, and leaders. Since its founding in 1977, its membership has grown to include students and professionals in business and other academic disciplines. In addition to its Summer Intern Work Experience Program, AISES provides pre-college, college, professional and community programs in order to achieve its goals and objectives. With over 3,039 professional and nearly 2,000 student members, 155 college chapters, 43 affiliate school chapters, and 360 pre-college members, AISES’s presence in the American Indian community is far reaching and substantial. AISES collaborates with DOC on summer internships only. For additional information click http://www.aises.org or call Shirley La Course at (505)765-1052
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program (HACU/HNIP). The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is a national association of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)--nonprofit, accredited colleges and universities where Hispanic students constitute twenty-five percent or more of the enrollment. HACU’s mission includes the development of its member HSIs and the improvement of access to post secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students. The HACU National Internship Program is designed to enhance the awareness of Federal sector career opportunities among Hispanic students. Since 1992, HNIP has placed more than 3,600 college students in challenging internship assignments with Federal agencies. For additional information click http://www.hnip.net or call Alexandra Rosales at (202)467-0893
Minority Access, Inc. (MAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was organized in 1994 and incorporated in January 1995. It specializes in the identification and placement of students, faculty members and administrators in Federal agencies and private organizations dedicated to promoting diversity. Minority Access has successfully conducted student internship programs over the past several years for a number of Federal agencies. The goal of Minority Access, Inc.’s intern program is to ensure that students from HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are provided the opportunity for meaningful work experiences that will foster professional and personal growth. For additional information click http://www.minorityaccess.org or call Kathy Lewis or Mel Goldsborough at (301)779-7100
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a private not-for-profit consortium of 87 colleges and universities with a mission to provide and develop capabilities critical to the nation’s science and engineering infrastructure. One of the nation’s first university-based, science-related university consortia, ORAU was founded in 1946. For more than 50 years, ORAU has operated programs for more than a dozen Federal agencies. Annually, it supports approximately 2,600 individuals (undergraduates, graduate students, post graduates, and faculty) in internship, research participation and other education programs at 100 federal laboratories and research centers across the country. Its programs are national in scope and attract participants from the full range of academic institutions, including HBCUs, HSIs and tribal colleges. For additional information click http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/DOC/gi-gugIPS.htm or call Michael Hubbard at (865)576-3937 or Pat Pressley at (865)576-3409
The Washington Center (TWC) is a nonprofit, educational organization that provides full-time academic internships for college students from colleges and universities nationally and internationally. Its mission is to utilize the resources of the nation’s capital to provide participatory learning experiences in order to enhance students’ academic, civic, and professional development. In this way, The Washington Center seeks to promote future leadership for the public, private, and non-profit sectors of our society. It serves more than 1,000 colleges and universities by placing and evaluating the work of college interns for academic credit; student trainees receive academic credit awarded by their home college/university in accordance with institutional agreements with TWC. For additional information click http://www.twc.edu/ or call Feroza Allee at (202)336-7587 or Jennifer Clinton at (202)336-7569
For more information about the program, contact DOC Intern Program Coordinator, Michelle Jordan at (202) 482-4035, MJordon@doc.gov.