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 if you have more questions.  Posted 11/16/18.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – The National Institute of Health offers a Summer Internship Program (SIP)  to Juniors and Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and seventeen (17) years of age by 15 June.  Initial applications must include a resume/curriculum vitae, a list of coursework and grades, a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for two references.  Successful applicants will need to provide official transcripts and proof of citizenship/permanent residency.  This program is highly competitive.  Do not wait til the deadline.  In the past, interns have been selected on a rolling basis which means this highly competitive program will be even more competitive near the deadline.  Take time to discover what research is being done and to learn as much as you can from the web site.  There is a lot of great information and tips at final deadline for application receipt is 1 March 2019.


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.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP), 17 June – 16 August 2019, Alexandria, VA and Silver Spring, MD – This U.S. Army-sponsored program matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with high school students to create a direct mentor-student relationship.  Students are able to participate in real-world research alongside scientists and engineers.  Location is important because this is a day program with no residential facilities.  Although programs are available at several DoD laboratories around the country, the locations in Alexandria, VA and Silver Spring, MD are the closest to the DMV area.  Stipends are provided based on experience and education level, but room, board, and travel expenses are not covered.  Visit for specific age and eligibility requirements for each location as well as additional dates.  Completed applications are due 28 February 2019.


The Smithsonian offers a variety of internships for individuals who are at last 16 years of age. Information aboutf fellowships and internships can be found at Plan ahead. Submitting a great application will take time.


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


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 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


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 For questions, call 301.429.2575.


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 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.


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


The MWAA is offering apprenticeship opportunities for high school graduates.  To apply for airport jobs, students go the  Candidates need to upload a resume and complete an application to apply.  Examples of apprenticeship jobs currently posted 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.


Pursue an engineering degree from ODU while doing an apprenticeship at the Newport News Shipbuilding Yard.  Get all the details by visiting


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 and click on “Training Center.”