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“Looking for tips and ideas on DC summer opportunities, programs, and even internships geared towards high school students.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm 19 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

Looking for tips and ideas on DC summer opportunities, programs, and even internships geared towards high school students. I have a not so secret plan of borrowing my high school sister from Trumpland this summer and exposing her adolescent mind to everything The Swamp has to offer. I’m looking for opportunities to expand both expand her culture and maybe teach her a little about jobs and the real world, too.

Before it even gets brought up, the Smithsonian’s summer internship application has already closed.

Thanks for any and all tips and ideas!”

  • mwmp

    is she artsy? i saw an ad for the kennedy center internships just the other day….

  • wdc

    Lots of elementary schools hire HS students to help staff their summer programs, working alongside teachers.

  • AL

    Politico has intern opportunities…


  • anonacostia

    NPS/WABA are hiring four “Anacostia River Trail Rangers” for 12-week paid internships. She would need to be comfortable on a bike.

  • John

    This is low hanging fruit but I know there’s the congressional page program. Other than that I don’t think there are many opportunities for people in high school.

    • Hill Denizen

      It’s only Senate pages now, the House program was ended, so there are even spots than before.

    • wdc

      When I was a kid, the Congressional Page program was a year-long residential affair. Also, it was HIGHLY competitive, HIGHLY valued on college apps, and you needed recommendations from sitting members to even have a shot at it.
      Though that was a long time ago.

      • Hill Denizen

        From the little I looked into it (I’ve always been on the House side), it looks like you need a recommendation from your Senator. You take classes in the morning and work the rest of the day. Not sure about the residential part, but up until it was ended a few years ago, the House pages lived in a dorm. And there are three sessions throughout the year.

  • Herewegoagain

    We’re looking into set up/tear down crew at Fringe Festival. They said that teens would be eligible.

  • I hosted a teenage relative a few years back, and so offer this advice based on that. First, internships are generally hard to get and usually filled months in advance by motivated students who really want to come to DC. If she’s interested she should be applying now. Work for teenagers is hard to come by, since DC’s tourism jobs that in other cities would be filled by teens are taken by full-timers. However, there are quite a few ad hoc volunteer opportunities, which she may find on Craigslist or Idealist. For instance, the summer my niece was here there was an opportunity to “work” setting up a film festival for two weeks. She might also look into whether there are any focus groups/research studies she could participate in for a few extra bucks (Shugoll Research or Craigslist or local universities are good for these).

  • Otis Gal

    We are looking for youth 15 – 18 years of age that are ready to work outdoors in Rock Creek Park. The crew will work 40 hours per week for 7 weeks (June 26 – August 11). Pay is DC minimum wage which is currently $11.50/hour.

    Apply to: YCC – Rock Creek Park
    3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
    Washington, DC 20008

    Application Deadline: Postmark April 15, 2017.

    This year, selected applicants will work on maintenance projects throughout the park.

    • tke98

      This information is helpful. My niece usually spends a nice portion of the summer with me. But she recently turned thirteen, and will soon be aged out of camp. As a result, I’ve started researching work/internship opportunities for her for future years. I’m going to save this . Just a warning, beware of opportunities or programs limited to DC high school students or DC residents (children).

    • tke98

      This was meant to be a general comment and not a reply to Otis Gal. Sorry!

  • bv1837

    When I was in high school, I volunteered at a summer day camp for elementary school kids at a local private school. I’m sure most of the private schools around here have the same type of thing. A lot of different local institutions (art museums, nature centers…) have summer day camps/classes that may take high school volunteers. If you’re religious, see if local churches have Vacation Bible School that she could volunteer at, although that’s likely to be only a week or two.

  • WLH

    Check out the ACLU’s Summer Institute, happening in Washington DC. Applications are being accepted now and scholarships are available. https://www.aclu.org/feature/aclu-summer-institute

  • Mike

    The Research Department at Whitman-Walker Health has interns both in the summer and during the school year.


  • Raya

    FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) runs camps throughout the summer, and appears to have at least 1-2 teen assistants per group whenever I see them out in the Zoo. You can probably find more details about this through the Zoo website.

  • Danuelle

    A shorter time commitment is the National Folklife Festival. They use a ton of volunteers and it can be very fun. My son helped a master craftsman build a duck blind one year.

  • Soooooo Happy!!!!

    Check out the National Building Museum’s teen programs!


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