District Leadership Program, District of Columbia Government’s Department of Human Resources (Washington, DC)


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) (Part Time); 3 (8/hour) days per week )

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 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


  • 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 Educational Status letter from a school administrator. It cannot be a letter from a professor.
  • Students must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are;
    • Residents of the District of Columbia, and
    • Graduates of a District of Columbia High School.


  • Unofficial transcript dated no longer than 3 months. And old transcript from previous semester will not be accepted.
  • Official Educational Status letter from school administration to support your unofficial transcript, verify GPA, and current academic status. In reference to a school administrator, we will consider a dean, department chair, advisor, etc. It cannot be a professor. The letter must be dated either September or August of 2019.
  • Professional resume
  • Three required essays

For more information and to apply, click here.

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