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HBCU Public Service Program

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University of the District of Columbia
Howard University

Introducing: The District of Columbia's HBCU Public Service Program

Applications for Spring 2024 have now closed.

University of the District of Columbia Information KioskAbout the Program

In a bold move to empower the next generation of public servants, the District of Columbia launches the HBCU Public Service Program - a groundbreaking partnership with Howard University (HU) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). This dynamic alliance will create a seamless pipeline for HBCU graduates to enter public service roles, ensuring the DC government benefits from the brightest and most passionate talent.

Starting in 2024, the program will place 25 graduating seniors from HU and UDC in year-long apprenticeships within the District government agencies and DC Water. This immersive experience will combine full-time employment with on-the-job training, mentorship, and ongoing professional development. Participants will gain invaluable hands-on experience while receiving a competitive salary, benefits package, and paid time off. The Public Service Program apprentices will operate as a cohort and together they will have many opportunities to network, perform community service projects, and receive professional development. The program offers a diverse array of career paths, allowing participants to choose how they want to serve their community. Upon successful completion, graduates will be guaranteed advancement within the DC government, playing a vital role in shaping the future of the city.

This strategic partnership marks a watershed moment in nurturing a public service workforce that reflects the vibrancy of the District. It provides HBCU students with an exceptional education and a direct path to fulfilling careers. In turn, the DC government gains a talented and dedicated workforce empowered to make a real difference in the lives of residents. This collaboration is not only an investment in the future of public service, but also a powerful commitment to strengthening neighborhood engagement and building a more inclusive and equitable District of Columbia.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the HBCU Public Service Program must be bachelor’s degree graduates from Howard University or University of the District of Columbia in December 2023 or Spring 2024.

Salary and Benefits

All apprentices will receive full benefits including, but not limited to, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and service contributions to retirement plans after one year of service

Program Components

  • Nationally accredited apprenticeship with on-the-job training
  • Structured, fun opportunities to connect with apprentices across the 25-person cohort
  • Opportunities to network with established professionals within the Administration
  • Mentorship program with HBCU Alumni Senior Staff
  • Additional professional development opportunities, and so much more!

Application Requirements

To complete the application for the HBCU Public Service Program, applicants will need to submit a completed application for each position of interest including:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing relevant experiences
  • Unofficial college transcript

Apprenticeship Requirements

Participation in this apprenticeship program requires residency in the District within 180 days of hire.

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University of the District of Columbia
Howard University