Intern at ED

Do you have an interest in education policy analysis or research? In intergovernmental relations or public affairs? Does working with social media while learning about the role of the Federal government in education sound like your cup of tea?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you think you might have a future in government or education, then an internship at the Department of Education could be for you.

Not only will an internship at ED provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about federal education policy while developing a variety of other skills, including writing, researching, communication, and time-management skills, but interns are also encouraged to participate in group intern events, such as brownbag lunches with ED officials, movie nights, and local tours. For many, one of the many advantages of an ED internship is the proximity to such historical and celebrated sites it provides via its location at our nation’s capital.

Secretary Duncan joins ED interns for a Q/A

Secretary Duncan took questions during a recent intern lunch meeting at ED. Official Department of Education photo by Leslie Williams.

ED accepts intern applications on a rolling year-long schedule, but due to the competitive nature of securing an internship at ED, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in interning this upcoming spring term, there are three materials you must send in  before being considered for an interview:

    1. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here what particular offices interest you, keeping in mind that due to the volume of applications received, you may not be awarded with your first-choice office upon acceptance.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. A completed copy of the Intern Application.

Once these three documents are finalized, prospective interns should send them in one email to with the subject line formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name: Spring Intern Application.

An internship at ED is one of the best ways a student can learn about education policy and working in the civil service, but it is not limited to this definition. Your internship at ED is where you will develop crucial workplace skills that will help you down whatever career path you choose, and it is also where you will meet fellow students like yourself who share your passions for education, learning, and engagement.

Click here for more information or to get started on your application today.

Alexandra Strott is a student at Middlebury College and a recent intern in ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach


  1. Hello!

    If I recently submitted an application for the Spring 2013 term, approximately how long will it be before I receive a response?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hello

      I am an international student, Can I apply for this internship?

      And, is it possible that I do intern not only spring but also to summer or fall?

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