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Internship FAQs

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Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive from prospective interns. Please review these items before contacting NMWA.

Our internship program is specifically designed for students who have completed their sophomore year of undergraduate study (or higher), graduate students, recent graduates, or those with two-years’ worth of work experience after high school. To comply with tax and legal obligations all candidates must reside in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. without visa sponsorship by NMWA. 

All applicants will receive an email from NMWA acknowledging receipt of their application(s).

Interns may work either a full-time (40 hours/week, up to a total of 480 hours) or part-time (at least 20 hours/week, up to a total of 240 hours) schedule.

The internship season terms listed on our website are for general reference. Accepted applicants will work with their perspective departments to find the best start and end dates.

Yes. Please note that intern applicants are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships.

Yes. You may apply for up to three internships per term by submitting a separate application for each position. Please rank the positions in order of preference. All submissions will be acknowledged by NMWA via an email receipt.

Securing housing in Washington, D.C., is the intern’s responsibility.

All applicants will receive notification of our decision within a month-and-a-half after the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Summer Term (June to August)

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Notification: April 30

Fall Term (September to December)

  • Deadline: June 30
  • Notification: July 31

Spring Term (January to May)

  • Deadline: October 15
  • Notification: November 30