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

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 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. It cannot be a letter from a professor.
  • 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.

The specific requirements for the Year Round FY18 will be the following:

  • The program will operate from October 30th to May 24th. Applications will be deemed incomplete if any of the three attachments is missing and or not attached.
  • All applicants must be available as of October 11th. The Meet & Greet is a mandatory part of the selection process.
  • Accepted interns must work three full (8-hour) days per week. It will be up to a maximum of 52 hours per pay period. This is including four hours per pay period for seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Accepted interns’ tour of duty (work hours) must be week days and within the hours of 7 am to 7 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

Required Attachments to the application:

  • Professional Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Official letter from school administration. In reference to school administration, we will consider a dean, chair of a department, advisor, etc. It cannot be a professor.

Evaluation process:

  • Initial:
    • Assessment of the three essays
    • Interview with a panel of at least two individuals
  • Final -- If you are successful with the initial evaluation process, you will be invited for the final evaluation process:
    • Mini interviews with projected Host Agencies

Apply Online

Deadline to submit application is September 29th before midnight.

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