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Student Internships at the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission offers legal and non-legal internship opportunities throughout the year. Internships provide opportunities for interested students to increase their knowledge of the issues and technologies that are shaping the telecommunications market, while at the same time providing invaluable support to the Commission. The FCC is always looking for bright and motivated students who want to participate in one of our many programs and gain valuable experience with a federal agency.
 
Internships at the FCC may qualify for academic credit from a home institution, and are sometimes paid but students will never be permitted to simultaneously receive academic credit and pay. While the positions are typically in the legal, economic or engineering disciplines, the various offices and bureaus may have positions in other disciplines available.
 
Internships are arranged by the individual bureaus and offices of the Commission on a part- or full-time basis. Many of the bureaus and offices offer internship opportunities throughout the school year in addition to the traditional summer program. Each bureau and office independently determines the number of positions, timeframes, and tasks assigned to their respective internship positions.
 
The school year internship positions typically vary in length from eight to ten weeks. The summer program typically offers 12-week positions in the bureaus and offices between May and September. The summer program also incorporates weekly meetings and group activities so that the interns from the separate offices and bureaus can participate in shared experiences and tasks.
 
Internship applicants must be enrolled either on a full-time or at least a half-time basis at an accredited institution at both the beginning and end of the internship. U.S. citizenship is not required for most internships.
 
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