Federal Diversity Internship Initiative

Location: United States

If you want to spend your life serving the public good, consider a satisfying career as federal employee. Join students from a wide variety of backgrounds, exploring potential careers with select U.S. federal agencies. In this highly selective program, you’ll get first-hand insight into working for the federal government, gain valuable professional experience and build a network of fellow public servants.

In partnership with multiple U.S. federal agencies, this program will give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like working for the U.S. government.

Students from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Due to COVID-19 considerations, the 2021 iteration of the program will be virtual. Interns will engage in remote work as directed by mentors and program guidelines.

Federal Agency Partners

Some of our Federal Agency partners include:

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
  • Census Bureau
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Library of Congress (LOC)
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)


This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (visit https://www.ed.gov/accreditation to verify your school and/or program of study).
  • Have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Have a strong interest in working with the federal government.
  • Be able to work full-time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship.

Program Components

During this 10-week (summer) or 15-week (fall or spring) program, you’ll be immersed in a full-time federal work environment five days a week, assisting with projects and performing tasks that your internship mentor assigns. Your internship placement may be in the Washington, D.C. area, or in one of several regional locations across the United States, where our federal partner agencies have availability and internships that fit your skills, interests and career objectives.

Program Benefits

This is a fully funded program sponsored by multiple U.S. federal government agencies. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, housing (if needed) and roundtrip travel to and from the internship site city. You will be responsible for living expenses and local transportation. However, a stipend will be provided to help alleviate these expenses.

Housing and Living

Fully-furnished housing is provided by TWC for all participants who need it. Housing is arranged in close proximity to internship sites, both in Washington, D.C. and in regional locations across the United States. Housing accommodations can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements with other interns. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities.

Academic Credit

You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the program.

How to Apply

Express your interest in the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative using this form:


You can also email federal@twc.edu with questions.

Upon submission of a completed interest form, your resume will be considered for referral to a variety of Federal Agencies based on the availability of positions each term. Before a referral is made, we’ll contact you to confirm your availability, eligibility and interest in being referred for a position.