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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

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 a U.S. college or university. This must be supported by a transcript and an official letter from school administration.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Applicants will be evaluated by the following documents which must be attached to the application; three essay questions, answer to a reflective question, and a panel interview.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are;
    • Residents of the District of Columbia, and
    • Graduates of a District of Columbia High School.

These are the key elements of the Summer 2016 Program

  • The program will function from May 31st to August 19th. Applicants must be available as of May 17th.
  • It is a full time commitment with no exception. The program is a 12 weeks commitment. If you are not able to make this commitment, please do not apply.

District Leadership Program Summer FY16 Application Timeline

  • February 1, 2016 - Application goes live on website
  • April 15, 2016 - Deadline for Application
  • April 4 - 29, 2016  - Screening process (Interviews & review Writing samples) + Interview may be conducted by telephone if necessary.
  • May 17, 2016 - Mandatory Meet & Greet interview session with agencies and applicants. This activity will influence selection process.
  • May 31, 2016 - Program Start date
  • August 19, 2016 - Program completion date & ceremony

Apply Online

To apply, visit DLP Online Application

Supporting Documents: (All documents must be attached or your application will be incomplete and will not be processed.)

  • Answer to three essay questions
  • Current Transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Recommendation letter from a college/university administrator
  • Professional resume

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