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The Department of Education (ED) 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 preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. ED offers internships in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Typically interns are with the Department for eight to ten weeks (some can stay shorter or longer depending on circumstances). Read more details about application timelines. Types of Internships 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 focusing on: Policy analysis and evaluation. Research. Finance. Public affairs and communications. Community outreach. Intergovernmental relations. Legislative affairs. News media. Legal work. And a host of other projects. Candidates should indicate which offices most interest them in their application. See a list of ED’s offices. Please note that availability of internships within given offices varies throughout the year, and some offices require specialized subject knowledge to qualify. Activities for ED Interns In addition to the opportunities within their offices, students are encouraged to participate in ED-sponsored intern events, such as: Brownbag lunch series with senior ED officials. Tours of D.C. landmarks. Professional development and resume-writing workshops. Social activities. Interning at ED makes it easy to take advantage of the Department’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital.