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District Leadership Program Internship – Year Round FY19

Online Application

Program:

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.

The specific requirements for the Year-Round FY 2019 program will be the following:

  • The program will operate from November 13th to May 24th. Applications will be deemed incomplete if any of the Four attachments is missing and or not attached.
  • All applicants must be available as of October 30th. The Meet & Greet is a mandatory part of the selection process.
  • It is a part time internship experience. Accepted interns’ tour of duty (work hours) must be 52 hours per pay period. It must be 3 8-hour days within the hours of 7 am to 6 pm.
  • Applicants will be evaluated by the following documents which must be attached to the application; three essay questions 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.
  • If an applicant is claiming residency of the District of Columbia and or graduate of a DCPS High School, they must provide the required documents during the interview process. If not, they will not receive the preference. We need two of the following documents:
    • Government Identification (such as Driver’s license)
    • Voter registration Card
    • Utility Bill (including telephone) with your name
    • Name on a lease or mortgage
    • If your name is not on the lease or mortgage, you must provide a notarized letter from the person who is the lease holder or mortgage
Dates Events/Activites
September 4th Application begins
September 27th and October 3rd Two opportunities for interested agencies to participate in a Host Agency Orientation. This is not optional.
October 12th Application will close
October 30th Mandatory Meet & Greet (part of the selection process)
November 13th First day of Orientation
November 19th First day with Host Agencies
May 17th Last day on site with Host Agencies
May 24th Closing Celebration & Ceremony

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. It cannot be a letter from a professor.
  • 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.
  • Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are;
    • Residents of the District of Columbia, and
    • Graduates of a District of Columbia High School.

Required Attachments to the application:

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 transcript dated no longer than 3 months. And old transcript from previous semester will not be accepted.
  • Official letter from school administration to support your unofficial transcript, verify GPA, and current academic status. In reference to school administration, we will consider a dean, department chair, advisor, etc. It CANNOT be 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. Use word counter in Microsoft Office word. All three essays should be saved in one document.
    1. What have influenced you academically, socially, and personally thus far?
    2. The District Leadership Program is a very competitive and highly regarded internship experience. Why should we select you for this amazing opportunity?
    3. Early in her administration, Mayor Bowser refers to the following as a focus:
            *Economic Opportunity and a Path to the Middle Class for all;
             *Increase Security & Safety in all corners of the district for all residents;
             *Strong Education System to equip young people for a bright future;
             *Healthier DC and provide access to quality health care for all; and
             *Sustainable Healthy Environment and a Strong Infrastructure.
      Which one of them is most closely aligned to your passion or interest? And why?

Online Application:

Apply Now
Deadline to submit application is  October 12, 2018 before midnight.

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