Women's Bureau Intern

Academic Credits




Hours per week

At least 10 hours per week




300 Fifth Ave
United States


At the U.S. Department of Labor, workers are our business. Since 1913, over 15,000 employees throughout the United States serve American workers and employers. Together, they help workers find jobs and employers find workers, keep workers safe and healthy in the workplace. The Department enforces federal labor laws, protects retirement and healthcare benefits, and improves employee working conditions. Not only the Department leads advancing opportunities for employment, it ensures proper wages and gathers statistics about working life while preventing employment discrimination. 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mission

To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Women’s Bureau

The Women’s Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.

Women’s Bureau’s Vision

To empower all working women to achieve economic security.

Women’s Bureau’s Mission

Women in the workforce are vital to the Nation’s economic security. The Women’s Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women, to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families, and to promote quality work environments.

Student Volunteer Program (SVP)

The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Student Volunteer Program is an unpaid student program offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to witness and participate in the formulation and enforcement of labor laws, working closely with representatives of national and regional offices. The majority of SVP participants serve in Washington, D.C., with a limited number of opportunities available at Department regional offices and facilities in other cities in the United States. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience in a federal agency setting, and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. labor policy.

The U.S. Department of Labor Student Volunteer Program is not part of the Pathways Program. This program does not provide non-competitive conversion to Pathways Internships or career positions in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Services.

Program Requirements


•        U.S. Citizenship

•        Must be at least 16 years of age

•        Enrolled in an accredited institution (high school, trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college or university) on a least a half-time basis

•        Good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)


The volunteer student intern must possess the following qualities:

  • Excellent research skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  • A working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe.


Preference will be given to applicants who have women’s studies and/or public policy and or public affairs-related experience or course(s) of study. Experience with data visualization tools preferred. 

To be considered for the student volunteer program:

·        A student is an individual who is actively enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited

college or university.

·        An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60

or more semester hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internship begins and will be

entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the program.

·        An individual is still considered a student if he/she has been out of school, between

semesters or school years, for not more than five (5) months.

  • Be receiving college credit for the volunteer service.
  • An official transcript is required. Minimum of 2.0 GPA or higher preferred.
  • Be available to volunteer at least 10 - 15 hours per week.
  • Pass a background investigation, and willing to sign a confidentiality statement.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation (Q) Nonsensitive

Job Overview 

Title: Women’s Bureau Region 10 Student Intern 

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Women's Bureau Regional Office in Seattle, WA. The student intern must commit to at least 10 hours a week. A work schedule will be established once onboard. Intern appointments are not to exceed one year.


The key responsibilities of the WB volunteer student intern are the following:

·        Assists the Regional Administrator and senior staff in developing and implementing projects in alignment with the Women's Bureau Strategic and Performance Plan.

·        Supports in planning and coordinating, events and workshops that promote program initiative and future projects.

·        Participates in Regional Office activities, project discussions, and program meetings.

·        Conducts research required to develop and support the WB program initiatives.

·        Prepares reports on activities and trends relating to WB program initiative areas in support of Departmental goals.

·        Develops flowcharts of work processes, diagrams of project design and similar program measures to assist WB's strategic plan and level of program efficiency and effectiveness.

·        Assists and coordinates with WB contacts, to establish and maintain program resources.

·        Performs general office tasks which include, but are not limited to routing correspondence, managing resource lists, creating filing systems and managing storage of files and records.

·        Provides administrative support and guidance to ensure compliance with Federal and agency regulations and operating procedures.

·        Coordinates with WB staff to distribute publications, track project activities, and provide technical assistance to clients and organizations.

·        Additionally, an intern has an option to take on a special regional assignment that aligns with her/his school major and interests.

Job Location

300 Fifth Avenue Suite 1200

Seattle, WA 98104

Key Dates 

Application Due Date: May 31, 2018

Interview Dates: Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 15

Application Questions

Email chon.hari@dol.gov

Please type June 2018 Internship Application in the subject line.  


Transportation Subsidy Provided

How To Apply



Please send us your resume and a cover letter.