2013 Internship Opportunities
The National Academy of Public Administration (Academy) Internship Program is designed to offer both undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to participate in addressing critical and timely government challenges and to consider careers in public service. Interns are given the opportunity to gain solid work experience. In addition to their day-to-day assignments, interns will have the opportunity to attend the National Academy Project Panel meetings and to network with Academy Fellows.
The Academy Fellows are elected based on their distinguished contributions to the field of public administration and serve as expert advisers on Academy projects. The Academy projects are performed at the request of and/or funded by Congress, government agencies, or foundations, and are influential in the formulation of public policy at the federal, state and local levels.
Sponsorship Opportunities: The Academy welcomes inquiries from colleges and universities that would like to support one or more students in a work-study program in collaboration with the Academy. Students are highly encouraged to inquire within their institution about work-study sponsorship opportunities.
The Academy seeks interns, in addition to participants of work-study sponsored programs, with a broad range of backgrounds, including but not limited to: public administration, political science, business, finance/accounting, marketing, and information technology. Candidates should be familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite Software and Internet research techniques. Provide support for the day-to-day operations of the Academy.
Undergraduates who are completing their junior or senior year and graduate students will be considered.
- Duration of Assignment: Internships may range from two to three months, depending on the assignment.
- Requirement: An intern must reside in the Washington, DC metropolitan area during their assignment.
- Stipend: Internships are unpaid.
- Orientation: Tour the office; fill out minimal paperwork; participate in round table discussions with various groups; meet with President and CEO, Director of Project Development, Project Directors, other department management and a few Academy Fellows.
- Attend: Panel meetings and other Academy events as applicable, participate in team projects and/or individual projects as assigned.
Strategic Planning and Business Development
Intern will assist in the delivery of strategic initiatives by conducting primary and secondary research, interviewing clients and other stakeholders; gathering and analysis of facts; synthesizing conclusions and recommendations; and learning about how technology and business forces are changing the way government works.
Intern will have a significant role as part of a project to document and diagram the internal processes and decision points of internal controls. This will involve exposure to the organization as a whole, as well as evaluation of accounting and other systems strengths and weaknesses. Business and accounting principles knowledge beneficial.
Intern will perform a variety of tasks related to the Fellow and Board nomination processes, including but not limited to drafting candidate profiles, researching additional biographical information on the candidates, compiling committee briefing books, providing hands-on assistance with the Fellows and Directors election process and assisting on a number of Fellow initiatives.
Intern will be assigned to work in tandem with project staff on one or more of the National Academy government studies. Tasks will include but are not limited to conducting government document and literature reviews; setting up and participating in group conferences and study related interviews; writing, editing and reviewing various documents; and providing support for the day-to-day operations.
Intern will work closely with the Information Technology Department to help maintain and implement the current and new Academy technologies. Duties may include configuring and replacing hardware and software applications; helping to maintain and monitor the Academy’s security infrastructure; assisting in the implementation of technology solutions and web technologies; and providing helpdesk support for daily operations.
How to Apply
To apply for Academy internship, please send the following documents to Victoria Wickert, Director of Human Resources at email@example.com:
- Cover Letter, includes the duration of your commitment and the number of hours/week you are available
- Current Resume
- Writing Sample