“The end of all education… should surely be service to others.” ~Cesar E. Chavez


Congressional District Office Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program is an unpaid, educational opportunity for college students. Interns will gain invaluable work experience in a fast-paced, constituent-focused, and project-intensive office. Applicants should be students in good standing at a local college or university. Preference will be given to interns able to work full time over the summer.  Office hours are from 9am-5pm each day, Monday thru Friday.

Locations of Missouri 5th District Offices include: Independence, Higginsville and Kansas City

Duties include:

  • Answering Constituent Calls
  • Assist with Constituent Casework
  • Learn about the inner workings of Federal Government Agencies
  • Work on District-Based Projects
  • Research Issues
  • Attend Constituent Meetings
  • Join staff at outreach events

How to Apply:
Log-on to
Submit: Cover letter, Resume, and Writing Sample

Important Dates:
Submit applications by March 31st
Interviews will be scheduled through April
Applicants will be offered an internship before May 1st
Internship starts May 26th  (can be flexible)

Latino Heritage Internship Program

The National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is designed to train young people in the skills of cultural, historical, natural resource management. The program will raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation.

LHIP Internship is an entry internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. Each LHIP Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $400 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. Interns who successfully complete 640 hours of work in one or more eligible internships and are under the age of 26 will be eligible for the Public Land Corps noncompetitive hiring authority for 120 days following the completion of the internship. Successful completion of an LHIP internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.
LHIP Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity aiming to build a pathway to employment in the Department of Interior (DOI). DHA-RA interns will apply cultural and natural resource expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized knowledge and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible to be non-competitively hired by the DOI for two years from the date of their degree. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.

LHIP DHA positions are currently being reviewed and pending approval. If you are interested in any of the tentative DHA projects listed below, please submit your application during the first week of January, and e-mail our LHIP Program Manager at

  • Basic Eligibility
  • Age 18 to 35
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year
  • Have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to — but not limited to — history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields.
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) — helpful and more needed for some positions
  • Be social media savvy!
    Apply at

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Scholars Program

The AFSCME Union Scholars Program is recruiting for the our 14th annual summer internship program. The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer opportunity for students of color who want to join us in working for economic and social justice. Students will be placed in the field on AFSCME organizing campaigns. They will learn the basics of one-on-one organizing conversations, building solidarity among workers, and developing leaders. The program provides housing, transportation, and a stipend of $4,000 for the summer. Students who successfully complete the program will qualify for an academic scholarship of up to $6,300 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Applicants must be college sophomores or juniors at the time of application and interview process, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be students of color (African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American Pacific Islander, Latino/a,) have a valid driver’s license, and have a demonstrated interest in working for economic and social justice. If you have questions about the program or would like recruitment materials, please contact the Program Coordinator, Deanna Richards, at 202-429-1202 or The program is supported in part by the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund and is a partnership with the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program.

Students who want to apply should visit and search for the Union Scholars Program. All applications are due by February 28, 2017.