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Now Accepting Spring 2010 Applications


Application Deadline: November 20, 2009


Apply now for the Spring 2010 NAFEO Internship Program. Full-time paid internships are available in Washington, DC. The program dates are January 11-April 30, 2010.


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About the NAFEO Internship Program 


For over a decade, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) has facilitated internship assignments in government and industry for students enrolled in historically and predominantly black colleges and universities. Additionally, for interns who are employed in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, NAFEO provides an orientation session at the beginning of each program session, and brings all interns together at least twice during their assignment periods for seminars on a range of topics which enhance the internship experiences. If you are a student looking for opportunities to gain valuable work experience to supplement your coursework, or an employer seeking to diversify your talent pool, recruit and offer internship experiences to African American and other students, you have come to the right place.

Application Requirements

Preference will be given to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at historically or predominantly black colleges and universities. A grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale is required. (Please note that some internships require U.S. citizenship.)
Application requirements are as follows:

Selection Process

In conjunction with NAFEO member institutions, NAFEO staff reviews applications to ensure that applicants are eligible and that the applications are complete. NAFEO staff then refers applications to employing agencies based on the academic disciplines they are seeking. Employing agencies review the applications, conduct interviews if necessary, and make all final selections.

Selected students will be notified by NAFEO staff and provided with an official internship offer.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot verify that each student transcript is received.

Stipends and Allowances

For a forty-hour work week, NAFEO interns receive the following pay:

Undergraduate Students $400 per week
Graduate Students $500 per week

Stipends are paid according to a student's classification at the time of application.Roundtrip travel: Students selected for summer internships only who reside outside of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area will receive a travel allowance.

Housing: Housing is provided on an "as needed" basis. All applicants requesting housing must indicate this need on the online application.

Local travel: Summer interns receive a $200 allowance to subsidize daily travel to and from their work assignments. Fall and Spring interns will receive $300.

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Former Interns' Comments

"The NAFEO internship program is one that I encourage all college students to take part in. My experience with NAFEO is one that will last a lifetime. I learned a great deal of information and gained numerous resources that are not only helping me in the present but will serve to help me in my future endeavors as well. NAFEO has played a major role in my academic goals, I have plans to attend medical school at the University of North Carolina and through my internship with the FDA I was able to work on a drug safety survey with UNC which was a wonderful experience. The new skills I learned this summer is greatly appreciated."
Domonique Bulls
North Carolina A&T University, Food and Drug Administration, Summer 2007
"This Internship was an experience of a life time. The entire summer has been a real eye-opener. I gained valuable work experience and I have a sense of professionalism. The people at HRSA helped me to understand the work force. I had the opportunity to work on numerous projects and activities, including collecting budget data for a PowerPoint presentation. Not only was this a great experience, but I also got a chance to network and meet people that can help me later on in life."
Brandon Wims
North Carolina A&T University, Health Resources and Services Administration, Summer 2007
"From this internship at National Institutes of Health, I have gained further verification on my thoughts of attending graduate school also a small fragment of how a government research organization functions on a day to day basis. I was exposed to various levels within the organizations hierarchy structure and how various branches relied on each otherís productivity to work towards a common goal. I am appreciative for the opportunity of becoming an NAFEO intern. NAFEO was an integral part in putting me in the position to experience a real world environment."
Kendal Purington
Elizabeth City State University, National Institutes of Health, Summer 2007
"I had an amazing time interning with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment. Being able to actively engage with government officials and see in the inner workings of a government office was truly a one in a lifetime experience. While speaking daily with disabled and retired veterans, I was exposed to a side a life that the everyday US citizen does not experience, a life of sacrifice, service, and duty. Working at Department of Veterans Affairs VR&E was the best job an intern could ask for."
Stella Adegite
Syracuse University, Department of Veterans Affairs, Summer 2007