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The Washington Center is excited to again announce unique internship opportunities available through its Competitive Government Program! If interested, you should apply by March 1, 2012 for paid internship opportunities with a wide range of federal agencies this summer.

Internship opportunities act as a unique supplement to traditional classroom learning. Professional experience also enhances a student’s employment credentials and statistically increases his or her chances of obtaining an entry-level position post graduation. Taking advantage of this program could help you to become more competitive as you enter the job market, and we hope you are able to apply.

Students selected for positions available through the Competitive Government Program will intern for 10 weeks at offices within the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, or a similar agency. Positions may be available in Washington, D.C. and several regional locations. Participants will also take part in academic programming provided by TWC.

Many available positions call for candidates from the fields of business, human resources, computer science, mathematics, statistics, and engineering, so applications from students pursuing these majors are welcomed. Additionally, TWC encourages students from many diverse backgrounds to apply--including women, minorities and students with disabilities.
Accepted interns will receive significant financial assistance, including a stipend, fully-furnished housing, and a travel allowance. Students will not be responsible for housing, program, or application fees.

For more information on the Competitive Government Program please visit: www.twc.edu/competitive

Applicants must:
- have U.S. citizenship; - be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program* with a GPA of 2.75 or above; - obtain approval from their campus liaison (if attending through an affiliated institution) or campus sponsor (if pursuing credit at an unaffiliated institution); - be available for a ten-week period beginning May 23, 2012 (summer term); - demonstrate experience and/or a strong interest in working for the federal government.
*some agencies may welcome post-degree students

How to Apply
To apply, submit an application at http://portal.e.twc.edu. The application is fairly straightforward – composed of an online form as well as a number of supplemental documents. When prompted, select option 2 for the Competitive Government Program. You are encouraged to select more than one agency from among the choices listed, as similar positions may be available in multiple agencies.

Securing academic credit is encouraged (but not required) for undergraduates to be considered for the Competitive Government Program during the summer. Students who come from an affiliated university should contact their campus liaison, regardless of their intentions regarding credit. If interested in receiving credit, students from unaffiliated colleges or universities must find a campus sponsor to endorse their application.

There is no application fee for the Competitive Government Program. If you are asked to submit a $60 application fee, you have selected an incorrect program option.
Students are required to submit their applications before March 1, 2012; additional candidates will be considered after that date on a space-available basis.

Selection Process
The Competitive Government Program is highly selective, and placements are filled as they become available. As decisions are made by individual agencies, timetables may vary. For many opportunities, students may wait until close to the summer start date before hearing about any official offers or positions being filled.

If, at any point, you have already accepted another internship or job opportunity and would like to withdraw your application, you are encouraged to notify The Washington Center. Further, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your time. We are hopeful that one of these opportunities works for you!

For questions, please feel free to contact Reid May at reid.may@twc.edu or 202-238-7702
Posted By: Elynor Moss
Thursday, February 23rd 2012 at 7:35PM
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