Department of Veteran Affairs Internship

CAPAL, HN Consulting, and The Washington Center were awarded a contract in 2019 with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to place interns at VA facilities across the country. Various internship opportunities are offered during the spring, summer, and/or fall for students. The internships are open to all majors. Full-time and part-time positions are available.

Program description

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) provides internship opportunities to diverse undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled, full time or part-time, in a degree-seeking program at an accredited post-secondary institution and recent graduates who have graduated within one year of the internship session which they are applying to. Various internship opportunities are offered during the spring, summer, and/or fall for students from institutions such as, but not limited to, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and disability communities.

The VA Internship Application is Open Year-Round.

New applications will always be considered for the next upcoming semester. Opt-in to reapply for the following semester.

By applying, you understand that you will be a candidate for any VA location across the country.

This internship program requires each student to complete 40 hours per week (full time) or 20 hours per week (part time) on site at the VA Headquarters or a field unit facility. Full-time interns receive housing and a travel stipend. Part time students must be local to the area they are assigned to and no housing or transportation will be provided.
Tasks include, but are not limited to, VA project assignments as well as attending seminars, workshops, training sessions, field trips, etc. Generally, all events shall occur during standard business hours. However, these activities can, and on prior occasions have occurred immediately preceding, or immediately following standard business hours.

  • Application
  • A copy most recent Transcript/Grade Record/Report
  • A current 1-page resume, reflecting work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership, and
    extra-curricular activities; for Graduate and Doctoral students, CV’s may not exceed three pages
  • Two letters of reference from a department chair, professor, or academic advisor (*it is permissible to mention in the letter that you are applying to the VA, but DO NOT mention CAPAL in the body of the letter. This is to ensure a blind selection process in determining intern placement.*)
  • Student must be a lawful permanent resident or otherwise legally eligible to work in the United States per FAR Part 22.18.
  • Students must be currently enrolled, on a full or part-time basis in a degree-seeking/certificate-seeking program at an accredited post-secondary institution. Graduating students may intern up to two sessions immediately following their graduation (i.e. students graduating in December are eligible to intern in the spring and summer; students graduating in May/June may intern in the summer and fall).
  • Student must be in good standing at said institution at the time the application is submitted.

Student in Good standing- a student who meets the minimum required academic status of the accredited post-secondary institution who’s cumulative and current Grade Point Average (GPA) does not fall below the GPA required by the institution. Students who are in academic good standing are not on academic probation or suspension.

Currently enrolled – Student is actively enrolled in a degree/certificate-seeking program a minimum of six semester credit hours, or the equivalent in quarter hours, at an accredited post-secondary institution. Currently enrolled does not differentiate between full time and part time students. Students who need to acquire less than six semester hours in order to complete a degree/certificate and graduate are considered “currently enrolled” for purposes of this procurement.

Accredited Post-Secondary Institution – A qualifying educational institution recognized by an accreditation service. See Department of Education’s website for a full list of accredited institutions:
Degree Seeking Program– A program that leads to a recognized degree or certification by the accredited educational institution.