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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).

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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 arranged at the internship location. Student application deadlines are set by participating vendors. Please visit the websites above for additional information. Internship session dates for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NDIP year are below:

Session Internship Session Dates
Spring 2018 January 2018 - May 2018
Summer 2018 June 4, 2018 - August 10, 2018
Fall 2018 September 2018 - December 2018

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VA Mentor Information

Hosting Requirements

Organizations requesting to host a student intern must:

  • Receive approval from the appropriate organizational official to authorize sponsorship of an intern (Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Branch Chief, etc.)
  • Assign a Primary and Alternate Mentor who will interact with the intern and provide guidance on project tasks and assignments. Additional Mentor requirements are detailed in the Mentor Agreement.
  • Obtain approval for funding prior to submitting an application.
  • Submit a completed application and all required documents by the deadlines listed below.


Organizations requesting an intern must provide their own funding for the cost of the intern at the time of application submission. Applications received without signed funding documents (VA Form 90-2237) will be considered incomplete and will not be approved.

Mentor Application and Deadlines

Session Application Deadlines Session Dates
Spring 2018 November 05, 2017 (Administration)
November 7, 2017 (Self-funded)
January 2018 - May 2018
Summer 2018 December 01, 2017 (Administration)
December 15, 2017 (Self-funded)
June 4, 2018 - August 10, 2018
Fall 2018 June 15, 2018 (Administration)
June 22, 2018 (Self-funded)
September 2018 - December 2018

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