National Diversity Internship Program
The 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.
Sessions offered during the spring, summer, and/or fall for students from various
institutions such as, but not limited to Minority Serving Institutions (i.e., Historically
Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American Pacific
Islanders, Tribal Colleges and Universities).
Information for Students
VA uses the services of various organizations to identify students from diverse
backgrounds for our internship program. Students interested in participating in
the NDIP should apply with one of the vendor organizations listed below. To be accepted
into the NDIP, students must be in good standing; currently enrolled in an undergraduate
or graduate degree seeking program, full-time or part-time from an accredited post-secondary
institution; and be a U.S. citizen (a lawful permanent resident or otherwise legally
eligible to work in the United States per FAR Part 22.18).
VA Mentor Information
VA established Department-wide centralized
funding to support increased participation in the NDIP. The NDIP supports various Presidential Executive Orders by addressing
educational enrichment and outreach activities. As a result of attracting students
to VA related career fields, the NDIP contributes to the VA Diversity and Inclusion
Strategic Plan for FY 2012-2016 through cultivating a multigenerational and multicultural
workforce. The VA is also able to leverage the NDIP as part of targeted outreach
efforts and by supporting workforce succession planning.
Pending budget availability, centralized funding may be available to VA Administrations
and Staff Offices to host student interns during the summer sessions at no cost
to the host organization. Additionally, VA Administrations and Staff Offices may
self-fund internships under this program for summer, spring, and fall internship
VA Staff Offices and Administrations shall provide students an opportunity to intern
in a variety of career fields including, but not limited to, medical related fields,
human resources, communications, business/finance, contracting, Veterans claims
examiner, information technology, cemetery administration, and other occupations
in the VA by serving as mentors during the sessions. Student skills, knowledge,
experience, and abilities will generally be matched with a suitable intern position.
NDIP interns shall not be placed in positions such as clinical settings, direct
patient care, processing clinical data, or research positions that fall under the
purview of the Office of Academic Affiliations. Interns are permitted to perform
administrative duties in a clinical setting, though it cannot be directly related
to clinical work or data.
VA Staff Offices and Administrations requesting to participate in the NDIP will
submit a completed NDIP Intern application. Additionally, VA mentors will also be
required to complete and sign a mentor agreement at the time of submission of their
application. Microsoft Word or PDF applications will not be accepted. Application
deadlines and session dates for the FY 2016 NDIP year are below.
Nov. 9, 2016
Jan. 2016 - May 2016
Nov. 16, 2016
June 2016 - August 2016
April 01, 2016
Sep. 2016 - Dec. 2016
ODI staff will review, score, evaluate, and approve all applications based upon
the 1) completeness of application; 2) complexity of projects/assignments identified
by the Mentor; 3) knowledge, skills and abilities to be acquired from identified
projects/assignments; 4) exposure level to VA organization and mission, and 5) career
development benefits to interns. Multiple applications from the same organization
will be accepted; however, more than one application from the same organization/office
may not be approved dependent upon funding levels. Incomplete applications or applications
not received in the specified formats will not be approved.
For additional information, please contact the appropriate individual designated
- FY 2016 NDIP Memo (PDF, Word)
- NDIP Application Instructions (Word)
- NDIP PIV Procedure (Word)
- The NDIP application process is now online. Please contact
NDIP@va.gov for more information.
- FY 2016 NDIP Mentor Agreement (Word)
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