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District Leadership Program Internship – Summer 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 Summer FY 2019 program will be the following:

  • The program will operate from May 28th to August 16th. Applications will be deemed incomplete if any of the Four attachments is missing and or not attached.
  • All applicants must be available as of May 13th. 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 thru Friday 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
    • 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

Early Acceptance

Applications submitted by March 22nd will be evaluated for early acceptance.
If you are highly ranked, you will be invited to an Early Acceptance Meet & Greet on April 4th. If selected by a Host Agency, you will receive a conditional acceptance letter within one week of the Meet & Greet.

Dates Events/Activites
January 28th Application begins
March 22nd Last day to apply for Early Acceptance
April 19th Application will close
May 15th Mandatory Meet & Greet (part of the selection process)
May 28th First day of Orientation
August 16th 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.
  • 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.

  1. Unofficial transcript dated no longer than 3 months. And old transcript from previous semester will not be accepted.
  2. 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.
  3. Professional resume
  4. Three essays described in detail below.

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

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 document.

  1. Discuss a non-academic personal failure. What did you learn from the experience?
  2. What do you consider to be the most impactful societal problem? Why?
  3. After researching the District of Columbia Government and its agencies, share specific skills, knowledge, and classes you have taken and or experience that you make you a qualified and successful District Leadership Program intern.

Online Application:

Apply Now
Deadline to submit application is  April 19, 2019 before midnight.

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