Internships 4 Diversity

Experts in Finding and Developing World Class Diversity Interns

Target Recruitment + Talent Development = Transfer Knowledge

Helping Minority College Students with Internship Opportunities
Our staffing mission is to help minority college students who are Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students attending colleges or universities within the United States.

The target participants for this program are current collegiate students and recent graduates, with particular attention given to ensure full representation of women and participants from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) or other schools with diverse student populations, to include African Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans, Hispanics, Veterans, and individuals with disabilities.   MSIs include Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Tribal Colleges/Universities.

We add value by recruiting, hiring, and training professional and passionate interns within the Federal sector so that others are impacted positively. 

Interview Tips
1. Get organized
Write down the date, time and location of your interview in your smart phone or date book right away.

2. Research the company
Their website: Check out their mission statement, values/competences, services or products, case studies, awards, blog and executives. Be confident you can summarize why you want to work at the company and why you are a great fit with this company in particular.

Job site: See what current job openings they have other than your specific interest. This will give you a well-rounded view of the company.

LinkedIn: Do they have a company page? Any relevant information that isn’t on their website?

Google search: Look for press releases and any awards or information that the company may not have highlighted on their website.

Also, write down any questions you have to ask to determine if the company is the right fit for you and you are the right fit for them.

3. Get the REAL story via social media
  • Check out their Facebook page to see photos, comments and general company news. This can be a great place to see company social event photos.
  • See if they have a Twitter account or a company #hashtag so you can see what your future colleagues are tweeting about.
  • See if there are any employee videos on YouTube.
  • Check out job posting sites for ratings and candid feedback from past employees.

4. Research your interviewers
If you have the interviewer names, check them out on LinkedIn. See how long they have been with the company, which positions they have held, what their interests are, who they might know in your network, etc.

5. Research the industry:
  • What are top trends in the industry right now?
  • Why do you feel this industry is a great fit for you?
  • Who are the biggest competitors of this company?
6.  Practice being interviewed
Have a family member, friend, or roommate ask you interview questions and practice giving answers.

7. Plan your interview outfit
Don’t wait until the morning of your interview to figure out what to wear. Plan it out the night before, and ensure it is ironed and ready to go first thing.

8. Re-read your notes and prepare your own questions
Read over your research the night before or that morning. Don’t memorize everything but ensure you know their service offerings or products, their vision/mission statement, and any top trends in the industry. Write down a list of potential questions you would like to ask the interviewer.

9. Arrive early
Leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at your interview location. Remember to have confidence in introducing yourself with a smile, confident tone and great eye contact.

What is the Internship for Diversity Program?

The Internship for Diversity Program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the work place through full time and part time internships. The program allows talented college students to experience the full scope and diversity of career opportunities available in the management, professional and technical domains of participating entities.

What are some of the advantages of the Internship for Diversity Program?

The Internship for Diversity Program is a well-designed program that offers students far more than the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in professional environments. As a I4D intern, you will receive:

Interns have the opportunity to attend special seminars and workshops to enhance their professional and personal development

A team of professionals, most with experience in postsecondary administration and/or employment counseling and placement, is available at all times to offer guidance and lend assistance and

Academic Credit
Students may receive academic credit for internships. Students should advise I4D of eligibility requirements after checking with the appropriate office on their campuses.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are accepted on-line from full time undergraduate and graduate students. Students in good academic standing with their institutions are encouraged to apply. However, priority is given to students with a minimum 3.0 or better grade point average. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

How are interns selected?

Interns are selected by the participating agencies, when students are selected by agencies, I4D will notify the student. I4D does not select the interns.

Are internships paid?

Yes, all internships are paid positions. I4D also provides housing assistance, training, and manages the on-boarding process.

Where are interns placed?

I4D has overseen the placement of college and university students in internships with the Federal Government at work sites throughout the United States. There are no general listings of work sites since they change each session.

Is the Internship for Diversity Program restricted to minorities?

NO! All students are encouraged to apply.
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