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Great internship experience

Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

I worked at US Department of the Interior as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Rare paid DC internship (though I'm not sure if that's still the case); the staff are very much invested in making it a positive experience; great exposure to substantive Federal Government work; whatever your issue areas of interest, this a good way to get a feel for the basic tasks and responsibilities that make policy work.

Cons

For all that Interior's work is important and valuable (National Parks, conservation, energy development, Alaska/the Arctic, American Indian issues, and more), many people you talk to outside the building won't have any idea what the Department does.

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    DOI = "Drags On Indefinitely

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of the Interior

    Pros

    Mission. Taking care of the nation's special and protected spaces; one in every 5 acres in the U.S. is a noble and exhilarating mission. Definite job satisfaction from making a difference.

    Cons

    The most frustrating thing about working in DOI is that decisions Drag On Indefinitely (the real meaning of the DOI acronym) and are made by a choice few budget and policy types in DC rather than the technical experts in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the folks outside the beltway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  2. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of the Interior full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good managers.

    Cons

    Need to hold people accountable. Government work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight. Managers and employees both. You have ambitious people working for you that can step up if you push aside the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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