FAQs

Who is eligible for the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program?

U.S. citizens currently enrolled at an accredited educational institution in an undergraduate (current 2nd years/sophomores and above) or graduate program with a 2.5 GPA or above are eligible to apply. Students must be current second-year students/sophomores and above. Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 graduates may also apply

How do I submit my reference letter?

Optional reference letters may be uploaded directly through the application portal or emailed to [email protected] with the applicant’s name referenced in the subject line.

How much is the stipend?

The stipend is $4,000 and is typically considered taxable income.

Are all internship opportunities based in the Washington, D.C., area?

Most internship opportunities will be based in the Washington, D.C., area, with some telework flexibility as determined by the agency.

Can my internship be virtual?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many agencies are operating with maximum telework flexibilities until further notice. Agencies will inform interns if they are required to work in person or virtually.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for this internship?

In accordance with the vaccination requirement of Executive Order 14043, interns are required to submit documentation establishing that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to starting their Federal service, despite not being federal employees or entering a federal building on a regular basis. The Partnership will require this documentation at the finalist stage of the process that will be determined between late January and early February.

Who are the participating agencies?

The participating agencies for the Futures Leaders in Public Service Internship Program are the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce.

Can I choose my agency placement?

Applicants can select up to two preferred career tracks. Agencies will rank the intern candidates that are the best fit for their positions. If a candidate receives offers from multiple agencies, the candidate may select the opportunity that is the best fit for them.

How is this program funded?

This program is supported by Schmidt Futures.