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

FORMDESIGN, LLC INTERNSHIP – FORMDesign is an architectural company seeking future architects who may be interested in an internship.  Interns will support architects in creating drawings.  They will learn how to put together a set of design and construction drawings.  Applicants need basic AutoCAD knowledge.  This is a paid internship offering $7.25 per hour.  Work hours will be Monday – Friday from 3– 6 pm.  The company office is located at 9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 530, Fairfax, VA.  Applications are available in the Career Center.  Contact Ms. Campbell at 703.503.5555 or at vcampbell@formdesign.net if you have more questions.  Posted 11/16/18.

GEOSCIENCES BRIDGE PROGRAM

1 July – 9 August, University of Maryland Eastern Shore - Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) the Geosciences Bridge Program offers a 6-week paid internship for graduating high school Seniors planning to pursue careers in the geosciences.  The program will introduce high school seniors to ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences, and geographic information systems (GIS)/Remote Sensing techniques.  Participants will learn from lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and two for-credit college courses.  They will also receive housing, meals, travel to and from UMES, and a stipend.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.umes.edu/cscgeosciences/All application materials must be received by 19 April.

J. CRAIG VENTER INSTITUTE SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

June-August 2019, Rockville, MD (other locations may be available)The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is a non-profit research organization using science to impact the world. Their research groups focus on human genomic medicine, infectious disease, plant, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering.  Their summer internship program runs between 8 – 12 weeks.  For additional information and a list of available positions, visit https://www.jcvi.org/internship-opportunities.  A limited number of positions for high school Seniors are available and the closest openings are in Rockville, MD.  No deadline is cited which suggest the need to apply promptly after a position is posted.

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.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) INTERNSHIPS

Summer 2019, Locations vary by program – NASA Internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators. These opportunities serve students by integrating interns with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related tasks, while contributing to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NASA's missions.  For specific program details, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/.  Applicants will need to create an account to access programs.  The application deadline for Summer 2019 programs is 1 April.

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.

POLITICAL CAMPAIGN OPPORTUNITIES

Both internship and volunteer opportunities are available for a variety of political campaigns.  You can discover them in the Enrichment Database found in Family Connection.  Log into Blackboard; Click the Family Connection link; Click the “college” tab; scroll down to, find, and click “enrichment programs” on the right under “college research.”  This is a searchable database.  Try searching for “political” or “campaign” to discover what is available.

ROSIE RIVETERS VOLUNTEER SPRING INTERNSHIP

Arlington, VA - Rosie Riveters is a non-profit organization that inspires and motivates elementary and middle school girls to try new STEM skills to help bridge the gender gap currently found in the sciences. Rosie Riveters is seeking high schoolers who would like to share their passion for STEM with younger students. Volunteers will assist with everything from setting up materials to guiding girls as they build projects ranging from tubular science bracelets to solar-powered night lights.  Volunteers will build STEM skills by teaching others, design and present their own Rosie Riveters project, and participate in a workshop on navigating the college search.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.rosieriveters.com/volunteer_internship.  For questions, contact us info@rosieriveters.com.

SMITHSONIAN INTERNSHIPS

The Smithsonian offers a variety of internships for individuals who are at last 16 years of age. Information about fellowships and internships can be found at https://www.smithsonianofi.com/. Plan ahead. Submitting a great application will take time.

2019 DC SUMMER CONSERVATION CREW PROGRAM,

1 July – 9 August, Washington, DC area – Student Conservation Association’s Summer Conservation Program will have crews of high school members, aged 15-19, working in parks throughout the D.C. Metro Area. The crews will work Monday through Friday each week during the summer program.  As a member of the 2019 DC Summer Conservation Crew, students will earn $330/week or earn community service hours and receive a gear package at beginning of summer.  Participants will work 35 hrs/week Monday- Friday and work in local parks (Rock Creek Park, Greenbelt Park, Fort DuPont Park and more) doing hands-on trail work.  The program also includes a week long all expenses paid recreation trip.  Students accepted into the program must be available for the ENTIRE program.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.thesca.org/serve/program/washington-dc#The application deadline is 3 May.

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.

True Apprenticeships

Learn about a true apprenticeship.

APPRENTICESHIP JOB POSTINGS – The Division of Registered Apprenticeship is now offering a job posting feature.  Examples of postedare apprenticeship 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.

JOINT APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING COMMITTEE (JATC)

The Washington, DC JATC offers accredited three, four, and five year electrical and telecommunications apprenticeship programs at its facility in Lanham, MD.  Apprentices attend class in hands-on labs and learn from instructors who have real-world experience.  Applicants must be 18 years of age upon entering the program in September 2018, must submit an official copy of their high school transcript or GED, must have a passing grade in Algebra 1 or GED equivalent, and are required to take an aptitude test.  Applications are accepted year-round.  For more information and to apply, visit www.getchargedup.org. For questions, call 301.429.2575.

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 bassis 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.

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 JATC APPRENTICESHIP, Virginia and Maryland locations – Individuals interested in serving an apprenticeship in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Process Piping, and Environmental Systems Trades may wish to consider an apprenticeship with the Steamfitters.  Apprenticeship applications will be accepted in person only at the following dates and locations.

  • Monday, 7 January 2019, 8 – 11 am at the Maryland location (UA Mechanical Trades School, 8509 Ardwick Ardmore Rd, Landover, MD 20785, 301.341.1555)
  • Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 8 – 11 am at the Maryland location
  • Friday, 11 January 2019, 8 – 11 am at the Maryland location
  • Monday, 14 January 2019, 8 -11 am at the Virginia location (UAM Steamfitters Local Union 602, 7552 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield, VA 22150, 703.569.0602)
  • Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 8 – 11 am at the Virginia location
  • Friday, 18 January 2019, 8 – 11 am at the Virginia location

Be Prepared:  All testing will be done the same day the application is made.  Applicants must provide an official (sealed) high school transcript.  High school Seniors must also provide a letter from their guidance counselor stating they will graduate by 30 June 2019.  In lieu of a high school transcript, American Council on Education accredited GED scores and certificate may be used.  Applicants must also bring ALL of the following: a Social Security Card; a County or State-issued birth certificate, Unites States Passport, or Naturalization Certificate; a valid driver’s license or a state issued picture identification card; AND a DD214 (for veterans of military service only).  Note:  There is a $50 processing fee.  For additional information, visit http://www.steamfitters-602.org/ and click on “Training Center.”