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District Leadership Program Internship – Summer FY18


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 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 seminars and presentations; 
  • 360⁰ performance feedback for each intern; and 
  • Guest lecturers focusing on topics such as Customer Service, Priorities for the District of Columbia, and Leadership Development.

Program will operate from June 4th to August 24th. All applicants must be available as of May 16th.
It is a full time experience 

  • Monday thru Friday
  • 40 hours per week


  • Undergraduate (junior or senior year) and graduate students;
    • Currently enrolled, and
    • Good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at a U.S college or university
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States


  • Applicants will be evaluated by the following;
    • Three essay questions (all written materials must be attached to the application),
    • Human Resources panel interview, and
    • Interview with host agencies
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the District of Columbia and graduates of a DCPS/DC Pubic Charter High School.
  • The following documents must be attached to the application. If not, the application will be incomplete.
    • Letter of recommendation from school official (verify enrollment, status in school, and support transcript)
    • Unofficial transcript dated within the past two months
    • If claiming residency preference, the following documents must also be attached;
      • Government ID (driver’s license, voter registration card, etc),
      • Lease, mortgage, or letter from landlord, and
      • Utility bill (including phone bill) to verify address
    • If claiming graduate from DCPS/DC Public Charter High School;
      • Copy of diploma, or
      • Letter from principal or guidance counselor 

Essay Questions:

Each essay must be between 250 to 400 words. Use word counter in Microsoft Office word. All three essays should be saved in one document.

Your essays must demonstrate the following:

  • Logic, thought process,  and ability to analyze
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Organizations and clarity of argument or thought

1.    Describe a personal achievement that has had a significant impact on your life.

2.    The District of Columbia government is a huge employer of 36 thousand employees and extremely diverse. The District Leadership Program has always attracted a very diverse pool of applicants. If accepted, how will your experiences contribute to this?

3.    There are 75 plus agencies and or offices in the District of Columbia government. Name your top three preferred agencies and describe why you want to serve as an intern for each one this summer?

Application Process:

Important things to consider in the process of applying to the District Leadership Program (DLP):

  • You MUST complete the application in one session. You cannot save an incomplete application.
  • Unofficial & current transcript. And old transcript from previous semester will not be accepted.
  • Official letter from your current school administration, dean, or advisor. It CANNOT be from a professor.
  • Professional resume
  • Three well written essays of 300 to 400 words each. You should use font 11 or 12 single space. They must be saved as a word document. Your essays will be evaluated for logic, judgment, thought process, grammar, clarity of argument, and organization The application will be deemed incomplete if any field is empty and or not fully answered. The application will also be deemed incomplete and not acceptable if any of the four attachments are missing.

Online Application:

Apply Now

Deadline to submit application is  April 27, 2018 before midnight.
For more information on the DLP, please contact DCHR at (202) 442-9700, option 2.