Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Diversity Internship Program Opportunity 


CAPAL, HN Consulting, and The Washington Center were awarded a contract in 2019 with the VA to place interns at VA facilities across the country. The internships are open to all majors. Full-time and part-time positions are available. Please read the following information carefully to see if you are qualified.

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 fall sessions are 15 weeks long and run from September to December.


At a minimum, 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, and in good standing at said institution at the time the application is submitted. In order to accept an internship opportunity, the student must be currently enrolled and a lawful permanent resident or otherwise legally eligible to work in the United States per FAR Part 22.18. 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 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/GetDownloadFile.aspx.
Degree Seeking Program– A program that leads to a recognized degree or certification by the accredited educational institution.

Internship Program

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 Requirements

The following information must be received in the CAPAL office by noon on August 20. All information requested below must be included in the application packet. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

a. Name, citizenship status (a lawful permanent resident or otherwise legally eligible to work in the United States per FAR Part 22.18), current address, primary email, secondary email (if available) and current phone number;
b. Academic status, major, expected graduation year, and Grade Point Average (GPA);
c. Name and type of post-secondary institution the student is enrolled in (e.g. HBCU, HSI, TCU)
d. A copy of their most recent Transcript/Grade Record/Report;
e. A letter 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.);
f. 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,

g. Veteran’s Status, and,
h. Full or part-time preference.

Please submit all required documents in one email or direct any questions to Dung Tran at dung.tran@capal.org.

Thank you for your interest in this program.

Join CAPAL’s Board of Directors


Thank you for your interest in joining the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)’s Board of Directors. CAPAL seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. CAPAL envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.

CAPAL was founded in 1989 by seven AANHPI professionals in D.C. It has since grown from an all-volunteer non-profit organization to one with two paid full-time staff and a board of early- to mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, and profession. CAPAL’s Board of Directors exists to provide foresight, oversight, and insight, governing the overall execution of the organization’s mission. Board members work alongside staff by providing guidance and support in order to ensure programmatic success. Board members also share responsibility with the Managing Director on key fundraising and operational activities and are expected to provide logistical assistance at events in a volunteer capacity, as needed. The members of the board contribute the management, organizational, strategic, financial, and legal skills required to sustain the long-term development and growth of CAPAL.

General Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Actively engage in monthly board meetings and regular strategic planning meetings
  • Participate in two retreats annually, one scheduled over a weekend in the fall/winter and another mid-day retreat in the spring
  • Oversee fiscal and legal responsibilities, including determining budget allocations, program budgets, and staff salaries
  • Serve on at least one task force–which in the 2018-2019 term included the Programs, Branding, Human Resources, and Board Management Task Forces–and fulfill its associated responsibilities
  • Serve as an ambassador for CAPAL by attending and supporting regular CAPAL programming
  • Support staff with programmatic planning and execution, when necessary
  • Leverage personal and professional networks to recruit program applicants and participants, volunteers, donors, and speakers
  • Check emails and other communications daily and respond in a timely manner

Board members are expected to serve a minimum term of two years and may serve up to six years. Board members must be based in the D.C. metro area. Though the time commitment fluctuates throughout the year, members of the board can anticipate committing an average of 5-10 hours a week to CAPAL-related work. There is no compensation for this position, as it is a volunteer position.


  • Enthusiasm to accept and promote the mission, goals, and objectives of CAPAL
  • Ability to contribute professional expertise, including nonprofit development, organizational change management, program evaluation, legal, and strategic planning skills
  • Demonstrated leadership capability in the community and a willingness to provide that expertise to the Board and its task forces
  • Willingness to provide personally significant financial support and to ask others in their networks for financial and in-kind support

Application Instructions

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 9, 2019, by 11:59 pm. Complete an application form here.

The application is comprised of 24 questions that range from checkboxes to short answers regarding employment history, education history, interest in CAPAL, etc.

Send any questions to the Board Management Task Force at applications@capal.org.