The Federal Diversity Internship Initiative provides an amazing opportunity to intern within the Federal Government. Carefully consider this resource to help you determine whether it is the right choice for you. As a general note, the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative is not the best or only way to seek an internship with a federal agency. Further, if you attend a TWC-affiliated institution, you are likely to be better off applying for the D.C. General Program (option 1 in the application), through which you will be considered for all opportunities that match your experience and background.

Important Information for Applicants

  • Please read all details provided on the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative section of the website for information on this opportunity. This initiative differs from the Washington, D.C. Internship Program in many ways.
  • Internship opportunities through the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative are available during the fall, spring, and summer each year. The number and types of positions open vary by term, and you can be considered across multiple terms and years.
  • Given the uncertain nature of placement timelines, applicants may be notified of their status only if they have been offered an interview.
  • All supplemental materials should be submitted as soon as possible after applying. You must submit an official transcript to complete your application. You may be asked to submit an updated transcript and/or resume if you are being considered a semester or more beyond the time you initially submitted these items.

Placement Availability

The government often has internships* available with the following agencies:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • and others!

*Please note that internships may be regionally based.


The Washington Center facilitates placements for each semester and summer with as much notice as possible, but some applicants may be informed of an internship opportunity near or after previously listed start dates for their term of interest. Applicants are encouraged to inform TWC of changes in their availability for a given term.


If you have questions about applying to the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative that cannot be answered by the website, please feel free to contact Reid May at or 202-238-7702.