At the Department of Energy - On-site - Volunteer - Human Resource Research Assistant and Writer


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U.S. Department of Energy1000 Independence Ave, SWWashington, DC 20585


The Human Resources Research Assistant and Writer internship position is ideal for students and graduates who have highly-developed writing and research skills. Virtual interns will have the opportunity to be creative and propose projects and solutions that can be integrated into the Office of Executive Resource’s existing training programs. While furthering their professional development as well as writing skills, this internship will provide ample opportunity to build both credentials and work experience.

Must have U.S. Citizenship to be able to work on site at DOE. If interested, if your college or university has a public service or administrative intern program this assignment will qualify for semester credit.

Interns will have the opportunity to interact with government officials as well as other virtual interns to complete various projects regarding the variety and effectiveness of leadership development programs in the Department of Energy. Participants are also able to aid in the development of wholly new programs. These projects will consist of both writing and research. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with learning event administration and help implement the DOE Executive Onboarding Program.

This position is meant for students with Sophomore to PhD Candidate standing who are at least 20 years of age. Candidates may be from any academic discipline, but must have great communication and writing skills. Ideal candidate would be from English, Writing, Journalism, Communications, Human Resources or Organization Development majors. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Preferred commitment is four days per week for at least 90 days. This can be extended through next September. The minimum time commitment is 2 days per week. These volunteer positions are available year-round.

To apply for this position, potential candidates must send their resume and two writing samples (minimum two pages each) to Program Coordinator Dave Rosenmarkle at

Potential Tasks

Research various programs at other agencies and the private sector to ascertain effective practices that can be applied to various federal sector programs

You could be asked to:

  • Learning Event Planning and Administration which could include:

    • Help research and identify prospective speakers

    • Coordinate information requirements for the event and assist speakers in understanding what is needed by when

    • Create program announcements

    • Research event program content needs and coordinate collecting pictures, content and other data needed. Assemble all into professional appearing electronic program to be distributed to all attendees

    • Attend the program in person or by WebEx

    • Prepare thank you letters for each speaker

    • Prepare Level I Feedback Survey Instrument for distribution to attendees and analyze results for program improvement

  • Help identify premier best practices and approaches to OnBoard federal executives, managers, and employees. Research private industry OnBoard practices and locate where they are conducted effectively in the federal sector. Document research and prepare in-depth executive-level reports and recommendations for future improvement and implementation. Create and draft program guidelines to be piloted at the Department of Energy for both Career Service Executives and Political Appointees.

  • Learn how to use the DOE’s website and help update learning and development program information on the DOE Virtual University site. Research and create self-study modules about Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s) and submit them for publication on the Leadership Development Resource Center.

  • Work directly with Senior Executive Service Career Development Program (SESCDP) Program Manager to revise the SESCDP. Develop and discuss program recommendations with DOE senior executives and present recommendations to the Learning and Development Board of Directors. Help draft DOE guidelines, elicit agency-wide thoughts and reactions, and incorporate suggestions to finalize SESCDP guidelines.

  • Research best executive development practices in both private industry and federal sector to create guidelines for a Continued Executive Development program at the DOE. Create a new approach to establish several models for Executive Development Plans that would serve both new and seasoned senior executives.

  • Research and create self-study learning modules to assist interested executives, managers and employees to master Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ’s). Also, using the research data, to prepare sample individual, managerial and executive development plans with a focus of ECQ mastery through progressive higher level assignments that may be completed on the job.

  • Lead efforts in creating and editing publications for use in communicating information about the Department of Energy for new managers and employees, for recruitment, and for people from other agencies who want to know more about DOE’s efforts in energy research and development.

  • Assist in conducting a nationwide study of Executive Learning Programs offered by various colleges and universities. Use these results to update a government-wide catalogue of these programs (currently in use by more than 150,000 federal executives, managers, and employees nationwide).

  • Identify key universities across the United States and create, in cooperation with their representatives, a University Advisory Committee to establish an effective resource for filling DOE mission critical scientific and engineering positions.


  • Human Resources Training & Development
  • Project Management
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Event Planning / Management
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Verbal / Written Communication

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 20
  • Minimum 2 to 4 days per week/for 3+ months
  • Strong Microsoft Office Skills/Excellent research/writing skills

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