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Selection Process

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Interns may apply by completing the online form. Once the application is received, it will be disseminated to various MPD units for review and consideration. Applicants may be contacted for face-to-face or phone interviews. Applicants will be notified of their selection at least one month prior to their start date. Once notified of their selection, applicants will be given directions for completing the processing requirements.

Application Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen by birth or naturalization
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
  • Must be a student at a college or university
  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA


For Fall Semester (September to December)
Early decision deadline is June 1st
Final deadline July 15th
All placements made by August 15th

For Spring Semester (January to May)
Early decision deadline is October 15th
Final deadline November 1st
All placements made by December 1st

For Summer Semester (May to August)
Early decision deadline due by March 1st
Final deadline April 1st
All placements made by May 1st

Application Requirements:

  • Complete Application Form
  • On the application it will request you write a personal essay of 150 - 250 words responding to each of the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in an MPD internship?
    • What can you offer the MPD as an intern?
    • What do you expect to learn from your internship?
    • What would be your ideal internship placement and why?
  • You must mail your resume and two letters of reference (signed and on letterhead) to the attention of:

MPD Internship Coordinator
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Suite 5080P
Washington, DC 20001

You may also send electronically to [email protected] (preferred). If you send this electronically, please send all three documents with your full name in one message. 

  • Your two letters of recommendation must be written on official school letterhead from two professors/employers stating why you are an ideal candidate for the intern position. The letter must include phone numbers and email addresses where the professors may be contacted. The signed letter may be sent through postal mail, by email to [email protected].
  • Once your application is complete, you will be contacted, pursuant to the deadlines above, to begin the background screening process.