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District Leadership Program (DLP) - Paid Internship Opportunity


The District of Columbia Government’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) is once again proud to announce its District Leadership Program (DLP). The DLP is an internship program designed to provide tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge, tools, skills, and experiences that can be readily applied to their future challenges and pursuits, whether personal or professional. The DLP internship has two cycles: Summer 12 weeks (June - August) and Year Round (October - May).

Internship Activities

Our program takes a holistic approach to developing Interns by providing a wide range of stimulating and developmental activities including:

  • Substantive assignments in an unlimited array of functional areas related to government operations (i.e., Human Capital Management, Finance and Budgeting, Information Technology, Legal, Contracting and Procurement, Small and Local Business and Economic Development, Legislative Affairs, Health and Human Services, Education, and Performance Management)
  • A customized Individual Development Planning Learning Lab and Tool Suite
  • Classroom lectures and coursework on topics centered around core business services as well as other specialty topics
  • Web-based training and development courses
  • A series of Profiles in Leadership brown bag luncheons
  • 360⁰ performance feedback for each intern
  • Guest lecturers focusing on topics such as Customer Service, Priorities for the District of Columbia, and Leadership Development
  • The Year Round FY15 DLP internship is from November 3rd  to May 21st
  • It is a 24 hours per week work requirement

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate  (Junior or Senior year) and graduate students currently enrolled, who are in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at an accredited U.S. college or university. This must be supported by a transcript.
  • Recommendation letter from an administrator and a reference letter from an advisor or professor must both be attached to the application. Absent of any of these three aforementioned documents, the application will be deemed incomplete.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Applicants will be evaluated by their essay questions, answer to a reflective question, professional resume, and interview.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the District of Columbia.

Apply Online

The deadline for applying has passed. Please continue to check on this website for the summer 2015 DLP experience.

Supporting Documents:

  • Transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Recommendation letter from an administrator
  • Reference letter from an advisor or professor
  • Professional resume

For more information on the DLP, please contact DCHR at (202) 442-9700, option 2.