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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 has two cycles: Summer 12 weeks (June - August) and Year Round (October - May).

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate (Junior or Senior year) and graduate students currently enrolled, who are in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at a U.S. college or university. This must be supported by a transcript and an official letter from school administration.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Applicants will be evaluated by the following documents which must be attached to the application; three essay questions, answer to a reflective question, and a panel interview.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are;
    • Residents of the District of Columbia, and
    • Graduates of a District of Columbia High School.

Summer 2015 program

For the summer 2015, DCHR is partnered with a host agencies that are invested in the program and committed to champion the professional and personal development of the selected applicants. These agencies include Office of Human Rights, Office of Planning, Child & Family Services Agency, Office of Finance & Resource Management, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, District Department on the Environment, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Health Benefit Exchange, etc.

  • The program will function from June 1st to August 21st. Applicants must be available as of May 19th.
  • It is a 40 hours per week commitment for the 12 weeks of the program.
District Leadership Program Summer 2015 Application Timeline
March 09, 2015 Application goes live on website
April 27, 2015 Deadline for Application
April 13, 2015 Pre-screening process (Interviews & review Writing samples)
       -  Interview may by phone or in person
May 14, 2015 Notification to Selected Applicants
May 18, 2015 This is for agency meet & greet. This will guide placement.
(Selected applicants must be available)
June 01, 2015 Program Start date
August 21, 2015 Program completion date & ceremony

Apply Online

To apply, visit Employment Opportunities

Supporting Documents:

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

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