Government Internship, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness – Washington, DC

Location: 1275 First Street NE, NoMA/Gallaudet, Washington, D.C.

Start Date/Duration: Rolling basis, year round

Description of Responsibilities:

The mission of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to lead the federal response on homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the federal government in contributing to the end of homelessness. Currently USICH is implementing Opening Doors, the first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness as the administration’s response to this important issue.

USICH is seeking interns to support its work on behalf of the nation’s efforts to end homelessness. There are currently multiple intern positions available across the various teams at USICH, including our Policy, National Initiatives, Communications and Executive Office Teams. Assignments may include but are not be limited to:

  • Researching and compiling of information, statistics, studies, etc. on housing related issues;
  • Coordinating activities, meetings, forums and USICH initiatives with federal, state, local and private stakeholders around the U.S.;
  • Supporting essential administrative assignments related to document and correspondence preparation, answering calls, facilitating webinar and conference calls and responding to general questions of a non-policy nature;
  • Tracking and analyzing appropriations, authorizing and other legislative developments;
  • Data analysis and assessment of resource implications of policy decisions;
  • Analysis of federal programs, policies, and procedures as they relate to the Federal response to homelessness-related issues;
  • Writing and editing a variety of publications, presentations, technical assistance materials, and other documents related to the work of USICH;
  • Compilation of content for website; website management; and,
  • Special projects, as assigned.
  • Internships at USICH offer exposure to a range of USICH work ranging from key policy decisions to local and state-level implementation of Opening Doors. Work may involve contact with senior personnel at council member and other government agencies, congressional staff, and the housing industry.


Applicants must be self-starters who are flexible, able to balance multiple competing tasks, work well under tight deadlines, and have excellent organizational skills. Additionally, applicants must have the ability to perform research, think critically, write succinctly, manage multiple deadlines, and work both independently and in a team-based environment. Position requires knowledge of Microsoft Office products and professional English writing and grammar conventions.

Domestic policy knowledge and/or experience, particularly related to housing, homelessness and/or health care, is a plus but not required. Experience with/knowledge of (USICH member) federal agencies’ events process and organizational structures a plus. USICH internships are designed for graduate students; however, high-performing undergraduate students with experience in healthcare, housing, homelessness, public policy and administration and strategic communication are urged to apply. 

How to Apply:

If interested, contact With your inquiry, please include a cover letter which includes your availability and resume.

Positions open until filled.

USICH is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. This position requires a background check. This is a federal government, excepted service (Schedule A) position, open to all candidates with or without prior federal government experience.

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