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National Diversity Internship Program

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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).

Students selected to participate in the NDIP will receive bi-weekly stipend payments from the selecting vendor, and if needed, transportation to the internship site, and housing at the internship location. Application deadlines and session dates for the FY 2016 NDIP year are below:

Session Application Deadline Session Dates
Spring 2016 Nov. 9, 2016 Jan. 2016 - May 2016
Summer 2016 Nov. 16, 2016 June 2016 - August 2016
Fall 2016 April 01, 2016 Sep. 2016 - Dec. 2016

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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 sessions.

    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.

    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 below:

    VACO Dionn Henderson 202-461-4024
    VHA Gregory Winston 202-461-6340
    VBA Stefanie Studstill 202-632-8933
    NCA Nicole Maldon 202-461-6227

    • FY 2016 NDIP Memo (PDF, Word)
    • NDIP Application Instructions (Word)
    • NDIP PIV Procedure (Word)
    • The NDIP application process is now online. Please contact for more information.
    • FY 2016 NDIP Mentor Agreement (Word)

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