Internships and Apprenticeships

A listing of available internships and apprenticeships

Opportunities are posted for the convenience of students and their families.

Disclaimer: Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS. Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children. This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network. Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of those pages.

Youth Internships and Apprenticeships

THE BORGEN PROJECT INTERNSHIPS

Ongoing opportunities at various locations – The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization that addresses extreme poverty and hunger across the globe.  The organization meets with U.S. Congressional leaders to secure support for crucial poverty-reducing legislation, mobilizes people across the world behind efforts to make poverty a political priority, teaches basic advocacy skills that allow citizens to communicate with their government, and builds awareness of global issues and innovations in poverty-reduction through online and community presence.  There are several unpaid work from home internships available. College credit may be earned.  For a list of current openings and to apply to individual internships, visit https://borgenproject.org/telecommute-internships/.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS INTERNSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Dates and locations vary by program – The Library of Congress offers a number of internships across all departments.  Paid and unpaid as well as long-term and short-term internships are available.  For more information and a list of current openings, visit https://www.loc.gov/internships-and-fellowships/overview/faqs/.  Follow the link at “How do I find an internship that matches my interests, skills and goals?” to find the listings.  Applications are ongoing.

NASA INTERNSHIPS

NASA offers internships during three sessions: Fall (16 weeks), Spring (16 weeks, and Summer (10 weeks).  Submitting an application enables applicants to see specific projects and their locations.  Participants must make their own housing and transportation arrangements.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 16 years or older, full-time students (high school through graduate) attending a degree-granting institution, and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Get details and apply at https://intern.nasa.gov/   Applications are due 8 March for the summer session, and 6 July for Fall.

NOAA NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES

Ongoing, Silver Spring, MD – The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has several volunteer internship opportunities where participants can work on a variety of projects tailored to meet one’s capacity, availability, and interests. Volunteer internships are open to anyone over the age of 15.  Volunteer opportunities include working on the web and media team, environmental videography, administrative history, legislative affairs, education, and graphic design.  Volunteers will be encouraged to attend marine conservation events, lectures, conferences, and receptions that provide fantastic networking opportunities for career development.  Students will receive credit for their volunteer hours.  Part-time and full-time positions are available, and although the duration of volunteer internships can vary, most typically last at least eight weeks. As these are volunteer positions, stipends are currently unavailable.  For more information and to apply, visit https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/involved/volunteer_future.html.

PEPCO HOLDINGS INTERNSHIPS

Pepco Holdings provides paid internships for 51 – 100 students.  A standard internship lasts 6 – 12 weeks beginning in May.  Interns work full-time during the summer and part-time hours may be available during the spring/winter.  Except for Life Guard and Assistant Pool manager Positions, the intern’s field of study must be in alignment with the hiring department.  Interns must be U.S. citizens or legally authorized to work in the U.S., have a 2.5 or better GPA, able to pass a background check and medical screening, and able to get parental consent if under 18.  The initial application requires your profile and resume.  Applicants must register to see available intern positions.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.vault.com/internship-program/utilities/pepco-holdings/internship-opportunities.

SECRET SERVICE STUDENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROGRAM

The U.S. Secret Service Volunteer Service Program is designed to provide students ages 16 and older who are U.S. citizens with an understanding of the nature and structure of the U.S. Secret Service.  The program provides unpaid, academic-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options while developing personal and professional skills. Participants must be currently enrolled in school and are expected to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least one semester, two quarters or summer session.  Openings are posted at https://www.usajobs.gov/ in February and July.

OTHER SMITHSONIAN INTERNSHIPS

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships offers a number of opportunities.  To discover all of them, visit https://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/.  Deadlines are usually between January and March.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY

Washington, DC – The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is always looking for bright, talented people to help develop innovative services, programs, and exhibits. Unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities are available across the library. Applicants can step into projects or opportunities NAL hopes to fill, or applicants can customize an internship or volunteer position to fit special interests or career goals upon request and subject to staff availability.  High school students ages 16 and up are eligible to apply. For more information and a list of departments, visit https://www.nal.usda.gov/internships. Applications are accepted year-round.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) opportunities only provide about 5 days to apply.  Although few, there are some opportunities available for high school students.  Parents and students can sign up for email updates to receive listings of internship opportunities with the state department.  You must be at least 13 years of age to register for the updates.  These emails will provide students with up to date information on the latest internships and their corresponding deadlines.  To sign up for government updates as soon as they are posted, visit https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSTATEBPA/subscriber/new

U.S. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Competitive internship program provides selected high school students with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. For more information visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/. Check periodically. Deadlines may appear in the fall.

USAID STUDENT INTERNSHIPS

USAID offers paid and unpaid internships… to qualified, talented students and recent graduates.  Participants explore Federal careers while still in school and, upon successful completion of the program, may be eligible for a permanent job in the Civil Service.  Internships are advertised as they become available.  For more information, visit https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/careers/student-internships.

 

True Apprenticeships

Learn about a true apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP JOB POSTINGS – The Division of Registered Apprenticeship is now offering a job posting feature.  Examples of posted apprenticeship are opportunities in cosmetology, electrical work, plumbing, machinist, optician, and early childhood learning.  Bookmark this page to see all opportunities as they are posted.  One may be for you!  Visit www.dolivirginia.gov/apprenticship/sponsorjobspage.html.

AMERICAN LINE BUILDERS APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING COMMITTEE (ALBAT Program)

ALBAT accepts applications for apprenticeship programs including outside lineman, substation technician, cable splicer technician, traffic signal technician, underground residential distribution technician, and transmission technician on a continuous basis to maintain a standby list of qualified applications.  There are IBEW Local Unions that are presently not accepting applications due to limited opportunities.  Find the application online at www.albat.org for Local Unions that are currently accepting applications that have jurisdiction for the ALBAT Program.  For Virginia/Maryland/Washington DC the following programs are currently open:  Lineman, Traffic Signal, Cable Splicer, and Transmission.  Office is located at 3506 Steward Road, Forestville, MD 20747, 301-316-7730.

BUILD GREAT SHIPS

The Apprentice School offers opportunities for persons interested in learning aspects of the ship-building trade.  This apprentice program provides each apprentice with the technical knowledge required for the mastery of a trade, and an opportunity to obtain an associate degree in business administration, engineering technology or engineering. The curriculum provides the educational foundation necessary for continued growth throughout a career.  The school is in Newport News.  Information on the program can be found at http://www.as.edu.

HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS AND ALLIED WORKERS

The Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #24 Joint Apprenticeship is taking applications at 9 am on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 9602 Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy, Lanham, MD 20706.  Please visit http://insulators24.org/index.aspx for more information (good videos), and to get properly started by registering.  If you have questions, you can call 301.731.9101. 

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS (IBEW)

The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC), Local 26 chapter of the IBEW is accepting applications for their apprenticeship programs.  The JATC offers 3-year and 5-year apprenticeship programs as well as a residential training program.  For more information on the Telecommunications Apprenticeship 3-year program including pay information, visit http://www.jatc26.org/telecomprogram.cfm.  For more information on the Inside Wireman “A” Apprenticeship 5-year training program, visit http://www.jatc26.org/wiremanprogram.cfm.  Information on the Residential Training Program is available at http://www.jatc26.org/residentialtraining.cfm.  Applications must be submitted online and require action steps prior to the deadline.  For more information including how to apply, visit http://www.jatc26.org/apply.cfm.  The application deadline is past for this year, but you can get ready for next year.

METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS (MWAA) TRADES APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The MWAA is offering apprenticeship opportunities for high school graduates.  To apply for airport jobs, students go the www.mwaa.com/about/careers.  Candidates need to upload a resume and complete an application to apply.  Examples of apprenticeship jobs might include: Electrician Apprentice, Heavy Equipment Mechanic Apprentice, and Plumber Pipefitter Apprentice.  Positions are open at Dulles International Airport, MWAA Headquarters, and Reagan National Airport.  A background security investigation is required for all new hires.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY & THE APPRENTICE SCHOOL

Pursue an engineering degree from ODU while doing an apprenticeship at the Newport News Shipbuilding Yard.  Get all the details by visiting www.odu.edu/news/2014/1/engineering_apprenti.

STEAMFITTERS' APPRENTICESHIP FOR THE HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING, REFRIGERATION PROCESS, PIPING, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM FIELDS

Steamfitters Local 602 usually accepts applications for those interested in serving an apprenticeship in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Process Piping, and Environmental Systems trades in January.  Watch for an announcement and be prepared.

All applicants must take an aptitude or math test on the day the application is made.  Applicants must be 18 years and have a high school diploma earned by 30 June of the application year or a GED certificate by 31 December before applying.  There is a  non-refundable application processing fee due at the time of application. The following original documents must be presented at the time of application:

  1. Official transcript of High School grades (in a sealed envelope from the school with a raised seal) OR
  2. GED scores and certificate (only GEDs that are American Council on Education accredited will be accepted.  Online diplomas are not accepted.)
  3. Social Security Card
  4. County or State-issued Birth Certificate, United States Passport or Naturalization Certificate
  5. Valid Driver’s License or State-Issued Picture Identification Card
  6. DD214 (for veterans of military service only)

For questions, call 301.341.1555 or visit www.steamfitters-602.org.