United States Department of Energy - Office of Public Affairs

**Per U.S. Department of Energy Policy, this Director's Internship is only open to U.S. Citizens**


The Department of Energy (DOE) has one of the richest and most diverse histories in the Federal Government. Although only in existence since 1977, the Department traces its lineage to the Manhattan Project effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II and to the various energy-related programs that previously had been dispersed throughout various Federal agencies. Today, the mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

The Office of Public Affairs supports the Department’s mission by communicating the initiatives and ideas of the DOE to the public and to our partners. The Office of Public Affairs works closely with the Secretary of Energy, all DOE program offices, and 17 DOE national laboratories to execute all communication needs of the Department.  

An intern in the Office of Public Affairs will have the opportunity to work with each of the Office’s three teams – Press, Speechwriting, and Digital Communications and Strategy. The intern will work on a range of projects including conducting background research, assisting in drafting memos and blogs, monitoring press inquiries, and more. The intern will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the work of Presidential Appointees and will learn how the Department interacts with the White House, Presidential priorities, and other Cabinet Offices.


The Office of Public Affairs is currently seeking candidates with a strong academic record as well as demonstrated leadership within the community and interest in government or public service. Students selected for the Director's Internship will demonstrate excellent writing and research skills and the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment. The Director’s Intern will be expected to exhibit a positive attitude, be dependable, and be willing to complete tasks as assigned.

Washington, D.C.
Environment, Federal /State and Local Government