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District Leadership Program (DLP) - Paid Internship Opportunity

paid internship

Program Information:

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) (Part Time); 3 (8/hour) days per week )

DLP Internship Summer application opens on February 3rd, 2020.

Internship Activities:

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 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; and
  • Guest lecturers focusing on topics such as Customer Service, Priorities for the District of Columbia, and Leadership Development.

The specific requirements for the Summer 2020 program will be the following:

  • The program will operate from May 26th to August 14th. Applications will be deemed incomplete if any of the four attachments are missing and or not attached.
  • All applicants must be available as of May 15th. The Meet & Greet is a mandatory part of the selection process.
  • It is a 40-hour per week full time internship experience. Your tour of duty will be Monday through Friday within the hours of 7 am and 6 pm.
  • Applicants will be evaluated by the following documents which must be attached to the application;
    • three essay questions, and
    • 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 a 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

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 Educational Status letter from a school administrator. It cannot be a letter from a professor.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States. (Documents must be approved immediately after Meet & Greet if you reach this point of the process.)
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are;
    • Residents of the District of Columbia, and
    • Graduates of a District of Columbia High School.

 Application Requirements:

Each applicant must submit the information below to be considered for the DLP

  • 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 required essays, described in detail below.

You MUST complete the application in one session. You cannot save an incomplete application. This 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.

Required Essays:

Three well written essays of 350 to 400 words each (use word counter in Microsoft Office to confirm the number of words). 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. All three essays should be saved in one word document.

  1. How did you decide on your major and area of concentration? What have you learned about yourself from that experience thus far?

  2. Explain your reasons from wanting to participate in this program. Why are you a good candidate?

  3. Visit dc.gov/directory and you will see a list of agencies and offices. Name your top three preferred agencies or offices and describe why you would choose to experience your internship this summer with them.

Online Application:

Deadline to submit application is March 27th before midnight.

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