Opportunities

Be the first to get connected to internships, speaking engagements, conferences, and other opportunities offered by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs—and have a bigger impact on your community! Let us know about the kind of opportunities you would like to see on this site. 

Contests

  • What do you hope the future holds and how do you envision making a change? Submit an original short film that answers this question to the White House Student Film Festival! If your film is selected, you could have the chance to attend the festival at the White House. Submissions are due July 15, 2016.
  • Can you picture a world where we can all coexist peacefully? How would this look? What would it take? Show your ideas in the form of art, and your work can be displayed at The International Interdependence Hexagon Project exhibit in Pennsylvania. 

Internships

  • Want to get involved in government? Intern in the executive branch! Applications to intern at the White House are accepted every fall, winter, spring, and summer.
  • Are you interested in education policy? Do you want to improve your writing, research, communication, and time-management skills, all while making friends and exploring the nation’s capital? Consider applying to serve as an intern with the Department of Education. Check the website to learn about opportunities in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • Getting an internship is the next step on your path to having the career you want. Access available internships in the federal government, tips on how to get an internship and how to make the most of it, and recommendations on what skills you need to be a competitive candidate. 
  • Learn how to pursue an internship or volunteer with the Inspire Foundation, an organization that uses technology to promote mental health and prevent suicide.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hires high school and college interns for administrative and technical positions in areas such as life sciences, program or policy analysis, and engineering. Positions are available at the Washington D.C. headquarters, the ten regional offices, and the EPA's labs and research centers located throughout the country. 
  • Are you interested in doing your part to help end homelessness, while gaining job experience? The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is seeking a part-time administrative intern to support its work to reduce and end homelessness in the United States. The intern will be responsible for a variety of administrative tasks, such as answering calls, facilitating webinars, taking notes, and offering research support. This position is open until filled.

Job Opportunities

  • As a member of FEMA Corps, you can make a difference when it matters most. FEMA Corps, part of AmeriCorps NCCC, is devoted to disaster preparedness and recovery. Apply by September 1 to serve as a Winter 2015 corps member, and you’ll have the opportunity to choose your campus. 
  • Build leadership skills, gain public policy experience, and learn more about the President’s initiative on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships as an intern with the Partnership Center. Interns complete research projects, write blogs and newsletters, support webinars, and assist with other office responsibilities. Applications are rolling. 
  • Do you want to be a forester, a firefighter, or a biologist? The Forest Service has plenty of opportunities for you.
  • Registered Apprenticeship provides young workers with structured, on-the-job training in industries like construction, manufacturing, health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications, and more. Read success stories of people who have participated with Registered Apprenticeship and learn how it could benefit you.
  • Learn about internships and other career development opportunities in the Federal government for current students and recent graduates. Some pathways programs give graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work part-time and transition smoothly into a job after school.

Programs

  • Use Volunteer.gov’s Volunteer Portal to find volunteer opportunities in your community and across the country. Check out the calendar to find scheduled volunteer events or use the search tool to find volunteer opportunities that match up with what you’re looking for. You can search by keyword, city, state, agency, interests, and available housing.
  • Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.
  • Boy Scouting, a year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.
  • Sign up to be an EcoLeader and connect with an online community of peers who create and lead sustainability projects and campaigns nationwide.
  • Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
  • Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for students ages 16 through 24.
  • Learn more about career opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with the Student Conservation Association's National Park Service Academy! This opportunity provides young people with the chance to gain hands on experience with the National Park Service (NPS) and to explore multiple careers within NPS.
  • Learn more about  volunteer and employment opportunities for youth with the National Park Service that are designed to connect young people with their natural and cultural heritage.
  • Become part of a group of people dedicated to driving change in their communities! The Native Youth Leadership Alliance has chapters all over the country.
  • Pura Vida is a youth program at Grand Teton National Park that engages youth in the National Park Service's mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources in our national parks.
  • Going to college might be the first time you make your own choices about what you eat and how you spend your time. MyPlate On Campus can help you learn how to make healthy food choices and find creative ways to exercise while you’re at school. Interested in helping other students on campus learn about ways to be healthy? You can join the more than 1,700 Ambassadors on campuses in all 50 states who host events and educate their fellow students about health.
  • A wide variety of scholarships are available for talented African American students. Don’t skip the opportunity. 
  • Gain hands-on experience working in the medical field to help veterans by participating in the VA Student Volunteer Program. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in local VA medical centers, learn new skills, and explore careers in the medical field. Students may even qualify for college scholarships.
  • Youthbuild provides an alternative education pathway that encourages youth to obtain a high school diploma or GED, while advancing toward employment while developing leadership skills and serving the community.

Resources

  • Lauren Rhoades left her office job to follow her true passions: education and local foods. During her two-year term of service with FoodCorps, she worked to help children living in rural communities in Mississippi access fresh, nutritious food. Read what surprised and inspired her about the experience, and how it has led her to new a leadership opportunity. 
  • We’re all online almost all the time. Most of us use personal information like social security or credit card numbers online as well. It’s important to know how to protect that information in a real way. If you’re interested in a career in cybersecurity, start developing your skills today! Access resources for students of all ages to learn more about cybersecurity through cyber competitions, summer camps, and interactive courses that can help you learn math, engineering, and computer science skills!
  • Hailey noticed that the Muckleshoot reservation where she lives was not prepared for an emergency, so she did her part to change it! Read about the projects Hailey has worked on as a FEMA Youth Preparedness Council member to help make her community more prepared.
  • What happened when President Obama invited students to submit short films about giving back? Watch the 15 final selections for the 2015 White House Film Festival. Young Change Makers like you created each film.

Speaking Opportunities

Tools & Guides

  • Are you currently in foster care or an alumnus or alumna of care? Do you need help paying for college or career school? You may be eligible for the Educational and Training Vouchers Program, which can provide up to $5,000 per academic year.
  • Search for community service opportunities in your home state!
  • Internships can be a great way to gain experience and get your foot in the door. But, depending on the type of internship, you may not get paid for what you do. Learn the rules for paid vs. unpaid internships and learn about resources that you can check out if you are interning for free and believe you should be paid based on these criteria. 

Videos & Podcasts

  • Meet Kelly, a young mother who became a Certified Nursing Assistant with the help of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG). She discusses the challenges and rewards of HPOG and her motivation to complete her certification.

Websites

  • HBCU Connect is the largest social network for Historically Black College students, alumni, and supporters! Access scholarships, thousands of internships and jobs, and connect with the HBCU student and alumni community.  
  • It's on us to stop sexual assault: to get in the way before it happens, to get a friend home safely, and to not blame the victim. Take the It’s On Us pledge and commit to doing your part to prevent and stop sexual assault. 
  • Follow the Youth Programs of the National Park Service on Twitter to learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities in our national parks.
  • Access resources from the Department of the Interior and learn more about conservation-related educational, recreational and employment opportunities.

Youth Councils

  • The  members of the American Red Cross National Youth Council represent the youth volunteers of the American Red Cross. National Youth Council members advocate for youth involvement across the Red Cross, advise leadership on organizational policies involving youth, provide information to other youth through newsletters, and more.