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District Leadership Program (DLP) - Paid Internship Opportunity


The District of Columbia Government’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) is once again proud to announce its District Leadership Program (DLP). The DLP is an internship program designed to provide tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge, tools, skills, and experiences that can be readily applied to their future challenges and pursuits, whether personal or professional. The DLP internship begins on June 2, 2014 and concludes on August 22, 2014.

Internship Activities

Our program takes a holistic approach to developing Interns by providing a wide range of stimulating and developmental activities including:

  • Substantive assignments in an unlimited array of functional areas related to government operations (i.e., Human Capital Management, Finance and Budgeting, Information Technology, Legal, Contracting and Procurement, Small and Local Business and Economic Development, Legislative Affairs, Health and Human Services, Education, and Performance Management)
  • A customized Individual Development Planning Learning Lab and Tool Suite
  • Classroom lectures and coursework on topics centered around core business services as well as other specialty topics
  • Web-based training and development courses
  • A series of Profiles in Leadership brown bag luncheons
  • 360⁰ performance feedback for each intern
  • Guest lecturers focusing on topics such as Customer Service, Priorities for the District of Columbia, and Leadership Development
  • The program has the following timeline;
            Year-round (October to May), and
            Summer (June to August).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate (junior or senior year) and graduate students currently enrolled, who are in good academic standing.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the District of Columbia.

Application Deadline

Apply Online by May 9, 2014

Complete the online application: http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/dchr-district-leadership-program-application and submit the following documents:

  • Transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Recommendation letter from an administrator
  • Reference letter from an advisor or professor
  • Professional resume

Applications submitted without all required documents will be considered incomplete. Applicants will be evaluated by responses to the essay questions and a reflective question in the online application, their professional resume, and an interview. Initial screening will begin April 21. Early decision will be made by May 5 and final decision by May 23.

For more information on the DLP, please contact DCHR at (202) 442-9700, option 2.

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