Professional Development Opportunities


Information on this page contains opportunities for expanding your professional growth such as virtual programming, fellowships, internships, and scholarship announcements. The University gives no warranty and accepts no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information and materials contained on this webpage or any websites linked to it. 



Remote Volunteer/Internship Opportunities
Democracy Lab has a database of in-person and remote volunteer opportunities to use technology to solve challenging social, economic, environmental and civic problems. They connect volunteers with the social, nonprofit and civic sectors "through the power of tech-for-good volunteerism." Deadline: Rolling


Paid Internship, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Virginia Working Landscapes seek an Outreach and Communications Intern for a funded project examining how global change drivers have impacted local biodiversity and ecosystem function/services in Chesapeake Bay land and seascapes. The intern would work to foster relationships with stakeholders in the region, including conservation practitioners, land and business owners, and scientists at government, non-profit, and academic institutions. The intern would be based in Edgewater, MD with the opportunity for fully in-person or hybrid (part-time virtual, part-time in-person) work. The internship will be funded for 6 months at $600/week, with the opportunity to extend up to a total of 33 weeks ($20,000 total) based on satisfactory progress. Deadline: September 10, 2021


Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

The Rangel Fellowship is a premier U.S. Department of State program created to attract diverse talent to its Foreign Service. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school, internships, and professional development. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates, can come from any academic discipline and must be seeking entry into graduate school in fall 2022.  Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and be U.S. citizens. Deadline: September 29, 2021


Honors Internship Program

The FBI Honors Internship Program is a 10-week, paid *summer* internship for college undergraduate and graduate students. While exploring exciting career options, students work side-by-side with FBI employees at their Washington, D.C.-area Headquarters or in Field Offices around the country. Open to a wide range of academic areas, this internship offers experiences students can’t find elsewhere.

Interns who have excelled in the program may be invited to continue a fall/spring internship in a Field Office where they are taking classes. Interns who have graduated and receive recommendations for hire may be extended a job offer.

The application process is requires preparation! Read more about the expectations and qualifications on the program website. The 2022 Honors Internship Program application period opens in August 2021, so keep an eye on their website for dates!


Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship recognizes outstanding students studying in NOAA mission fields. Scholars receive up to $9,500 per academic year to support their studies, as well as paid summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the U.S. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internships may be held virtually. Applicants must be US Citizens, be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university within the U.S. or U.S. territories (community college or transfer applicants must provide proof of application to a four-year institution), and overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. Applicants should have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, computer and information science, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. Application period opens September 1, 2021.


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans (immigrants or the children of immigrants) who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Deadline: October 28, 2021


Cybersecurity Talent Initiative

The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is a public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity workforce to federal agencies. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain vital public and private sector work experience and even receive up to $75,000, inclusive of tax, in student loan assistance. Participants selected for the program will be guaranteed a two-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs. Students in undergraduate degree programs in a cybersecurity-related field, such as computer science, engineering, information systems, and mathematics are ideal candidates for this program. Deadline: November 5, 2021



Sept. 9 – Virtual Open House: Global Communications and Public Diplomacy​ (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs)

Event Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Location: Online

Interested in a specific topic of study or want to learn more about fields within International Affairs? Attend APSIA's virtual open houses throughout the months of September, October, and November to hear from a few schools that offer topic-focused programs in a more intimate setting. Learn what you can do with an APSIA degree! Registered participants will receive a link 24 hours before the event. Additional Details.


Sept. 15-16 – USAID-HBCU International Development Conference

Event Time: Various

Location: Online

USAID is hosting its annual USAID-HBCU International Development Conference. The event agenda will include engagements with Agency leadership as well as staff from the field and headquarters. The first day’s agenda will focus on USAID's work overseas and networking, while the second day will focus on career and non-career employment opportunities with the Agency. Students, alumni, and other HBCU representatives can register and learn more at


Oct. 5-7 – USAID Latinx Conference and Career Expo

Event Time: Various

Location: Online

The USAID First Annual Hispanic Serving Institutions/Latinx Conference and Career Expo is a three-day online event from October 5-7, 2021, with a number of workshops designed for students, recent graduates, mid-level and transitioning career professionals, job seekers, higher education faculty and staff, and professional and affinity organizations. Register and learn more at



Improve Your Interview

Do you have an interview on the horizon? Let Jenna Zipf of the Intern Hustle help you prepare! In this video, learn the criteria of a good interview answer, and what types of questions you can expect to be asked during your internship interview. Walk through 20 internship interview questions and answers, and get references to useful resources.


FBI Collegiate Hiring Initiative

The FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative recruits graduating seniors or individuals who have undergraduate, graduate or PhD degrees to begin their careers in a hands-on, supportive team environment. 

From assisting squads and operations to analyzing business processes and ensuring security, recent graduates help support a huge part of the FBI’s mission. The Collegiate Hiring Initiative also gives recent graduates a chance to explore and transition into the many exceptional career paths the FBI has to offer, as well as into other opportunities within the federal government or the private sector.

For the 2022 Collegiate Hiring Initiative, students must graduate by June 2022. For Veterans, eligibility is within six years of the program date (June 2016 – June 2022).

The 2022 Collegiate Hiring Initiative application cycle opens in August 2021! Check the website for more details on requirements and career path opportunities.


Call for Undergraduate Student Papers: History Matters
History Matters is an undergraduate history journal that is published annually by the Department of History at Appalachian State University. The journal is edited by undergraduates with the help of a faculty board. Call for Papers opens August 2021. See the App State website for more details