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

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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.

ASPIRING SCIENTISTS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (ASSIP)

15 June – 7 August 2020, George Mason University College of Science, Fairfax, VA – This unpaid internship program is designed to give high school and undergraduate students, 16 years or older, who have an interest in STEM, access to real-world, hands-on research.  As part of the 8-week full-time training, students will gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge sophisticated equipment and technologies, develop and exercise scientific writing and communication skills, explore STEM career choices through discussion forums and meetings with role models, and develop and exercise creative skills, crucial to performing innovative research.  Participants work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis driven questions in Biochemistry, Biodefense, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Genomics, GeoInformation Science (GIS), Mathematical Modeling, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Serious Game Design, Sports Medicine, Physics, and Proteomics.  For more information and to apply, visit http://assip.cos.gmu.edu/.  There is a $25 application fee.  The application window closes 2 February.

BANK OF AMERICA STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM

The Student Leaders program helps Juniors and Seniors learn how nonprofits, government and businesses partner in the community through employment, skills development, and service.  The program lasts eight weeks and includes a Student Leadership Summit (13 - 18 July) in D.C. plus the opportunity to work with a local nonprofit organization 35 hours a week.  Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship through the end of September, be in good standing at their high school, and provide a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.  Visit https://www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 31 January.

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/.

ELEGANT DANCING STUDIO INTERNSHIP

The Elegant Dancing studio is seeking interns interested in Ballroom dancing as well as owning a small business.  Interns will perform receptionist duties; assist with advertising in both hard copy, social media, and promotion events; help at special events, perform clerical duties; and assist in daily/weekly priority items.  Applicants must have attention to detail; strong math, organization and computer skills; friendly disposition relate well to adults; be organized, patient, positive.  Applicants should also be willing to be helpful, gracious, and courteous to others.  Applicants must learn studio offerings and be able to communicate knowledge to people new to the studio.  Elegant Dancing is located at 11230 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA  22030.  For more information and to apply, contact Una Lee at 703.281.0395 or @email.

HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (HSAP)

HSAP provides rising Juniors and Seniors with a chance to engage in authentic science and engineering research alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office.  Participants will earn $10/hour for up to 300 hours over 8 to 10 weeks, build experience in developing and presenting scientific research, develop an independent research program in preparation for research fellowships, graduate school, and careers in science and engineering, develop skills and background to prepare for competitive entry to science and engineering undergraduate programs, and benefit from the expertise of a scientist or engineer as a mentor for professional and engineering research.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents able to commit to their program.  The Virginia location is at Norfolk State University in Richmond.  For more information, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/hsap/Completed applications are due 29 February.

HUTTON JUNIOR FISHERIES BIOLOGY PROGRAM

The American Fisheries Society sponsors the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program which is a paid internship and mentoring program.  Hutton Scholars are Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who reside in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.  Once in the program, scholars are matched and mentored by a fisheries professional in their local area (30 – 45 min from home) to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.  Scholars are required to make mid-summer and final reports to complete the program.   For all the information, visit https://hutton.fisheries.org/about-us/ using the menu icon on the right side of the page to find everything and to apply.  Completed applications are due 16 February.

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.

NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The National Eye Institute (NEI) takes interns who will be at least 17 by 15 June 2020.  High school applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be enrolled at least half-time in their high school, able to pass a background check, and reside within 40 miles of the NIH Bethesda campus if under 18.  Internships are 8 – 12 weeks long and include the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops hosted by both NEI and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.  Completed applications will require a resume, list of coursework and grades, a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals, and two references.  Interns receive a stipend.   For more information and to apply, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/grants-and-training/training-nei/internships-and-student-programs/nei-summer-intern-program.  Completed applications are due 1 February.

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.

RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (REAP)

June – August 2020, Various locations - REAP is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, gain valuable mentorship, and learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours), and apprentices receive a stipend.  This program is for commuting students only. Students are required to travel to and from the program site daily. In addition, the program does not supply an allowance for housing, meals, or travel reimbursement.  Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident and a high school student meeting 2 of the following requirements: attends a rural, frontier, or other targeted outreach school, a female in certain STEM fields (e.g., physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering), a minority historically under-represented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander), qualifies for free or reduced lunch, speaks English as a Second Language, or a first-generation college student.  For program locations and to apply, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/reap/The application deadline is 29 February.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)

June – August 2020, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD - SEAP matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with talented high school students in grades 10-12 creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training, first-hand research experience, and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories. SEAP fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM.  Participants will receive a stipend, however, the program is for commuting students only and housing, food, and travel costs are the responsibility of the student.  For more information, additional locations, and to apply, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/seap/The application deadline is 28 February.

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.

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.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION – NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY YES! TEEN INTERNSHIP

The Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of Natural History Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) Internship offers a career immersion and science communication program for youth ages 14 – 19 who are enrolled in high school (grades 9 – 12) in the Metro DC area.  The YES! Program, which runs from June-November gives interns practical experience through a hands-on science internship.  Participants also learn how to effectively engage public audiences and will have access to behind-the-scenes tours and field trips, creative studio workshops, college preparatory classes, and the opportunity to create their own TED-type talks.  Interns completing the program receive a stipend of $2,500.  Visit https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/youth-programs/yes-teen-internship-program to learn more about the program and to apply,  Completed applications are due 31 January.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (HS-SIP)

Summer 2020 (start date of 5, 12, or 19 June), most opportunities in Bethesda, MD – High School SIP provides students an opportunity to spend a summer working at the National Institutes of Health side-by-side with leading scientists in an environment devoted to biomedical research.  HS-SIP internships cover a minimum of eight weeks beginning on one of the above-listed start dates.  In addition to their work in a research group, lectures, career development workshops, and college readiness activities will be available to participants.  Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 17 years old by 15 June 2020, and be high school Juniors or Seniors at the time of application.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/hs-sip.   The application will be available mid-November.  The application deadline is 1 February.  Start early.  This application will take some time.

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. 

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.

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.