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In-School Youth Leadership Program

Eligibility
Requirements
Compensation/Incentives
Application Process
Online Application

The Program

The In-School Youth Leadership program is an experiential hands-on and practical program for District of Columbia Residents between the ages of 16 to 21 who are enrolled in District of Columbia high school or a Post-Secondary Educational Institution such as a college or university.

This program is intended to

  • Support academic retention and success
  • Provide additional out of school resources for youth in this current moment
  • Prepare the high school students for an informed transition to post-secondary education and or employment
  • Prepare the college students intentionally for eventual employment

Participating students will work virtually with high performing professionals throughout the District Government. This experience will include, but is not limited to, skills appropriate projects tasks, coaching, mentoring, workshops, seminars, and other professional development activities including leadership development presentations from Certified Management Program (CPM) Alumni, Capital City Fellows (CCF) Alumni, and District Leadership Program (DLP) Alumni.

Eligibility:

  • 16 to 21-year-olds
  • District of Columbia Residents
  • Currently Enrolled in School
    • High School, or
    • College

Requirements:

  • Commit to 6 - 10 hours per week for high school students
  • Commit to 10 - 15 hours per week for college students
  • Participate actively in the program from February 2022 – June 2022 (to be transitioned into MBSYEP)

Compensation/Incentives:

  • Students will receive a stipend from DOES
  • Students may earn Academic credit based on successful completion of Internship projects and positive Performance Evaluation
  • Students will be connected to MBSYEP
  • During school closures, students will participate in virtual presentations from DCHR Facilitators and other guest speakers
  • Students will be expected to engage one hour every other week with a strategically matched mentor to be selected by DCHR

Application Process:

  • Complete the application that will be posted on our website
  • Attach all required documents
    • If you are a college student:
      • Resume
      • Transcript (it does not have to be an original)
      • Two letters from school officials (Dean, Department Chair, Advisor, etc) to indicate that you are enroll in school.
      • Well written essay
    • If you are a high school student:
      • Resume
      • Two letters from school officials (Principal, Dean, Guidance Counselor, Advisor, etc) your advisor to demonstrate their commitment to support you.
      • A letter from your parents/guardian to both provide consent and commit to support you.
      • Well written essay

For college applicants, a well written essay of 1000 to 1200 words. Use the Microsoft office word counter. You must enter your name and school on the word document. In the essay, you are expected to answer the following questions:

  • How will this internship prepare you for your future career goals?
  • During your experiences while attending college, give an example when you demonstrated that you have leadership ability and skill?
  • What will you bring to the table that will have the biggest impact during your internship?
  • How will you prioritize your personal obligations, academic commitments, and extracurricular activities during this internship?

For high school applicants, a well written essay of at least 500 words. Use the Microsoft office word counter. You must enter your name and school on the word document. In the essay, you are expected to answer the following questions:

  • Why are you applying and what do you hope to get out of this Internship program?
  • What would you say are the best skills to have in order to be successful as an intern?
  • How will you prioritize your personal obligations, academic commitments, and extracurricular activities during this internship?
  • What are you looking for in both a supervisor and a mentor?

Online Application:

Applications are due on January 31, 2022

Application for College Students

Application for High School Students