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Internship Program Information

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® offers rewarding and educationally enriching internship opportunities. We seek students from around the country with a passion for our mission and interest in gaining experience in their field of study.

Our positions fit a range of interests from outreach prevention to missing and exploited child cases. Searching for the positions that fit your background will give you a better sense of what opportunities there are for you to pursue.

NCMEC Interns

Interns at work in NCMEC's Missing Children Division.

Internship opportunities

We are accepting applications for the current internship program quarter. Our internship program is year long with quarter programs in the spring, summer and fall.

Current Internship Openings

Check out and apply to our current opportunities by clicking the link below. Before submitting your application on-line, be sure to review all of your information and ensure that all required fields are completed.

Internship Application Process Summary

Internship application deadlines:
Spring quarter: Nov. 1
Summer quarter: Mar. 1
Fall quarter: July 1


What qualifications must be met in order to be eligible to intern?

The majority of our internship positions require undergraduate students who have completed two years of college. Some positions seek specific majors. See specific position descriptions for further details. Internships may be available to those who have graduated within the past twelve months.

When are the internship application deadlines?

Spring: November 1; Summer: March 1; Fall: July 1

How long does the intern selection process typically take?

Internship candidates are usually selected within six weeks after the deadline date. You will hear from NCMEC directly should there be an interest in a phone or in person interview. Generally, if you do not hear from NCMEC within the six week timeframe, other candidates may have been selected.

How long do you keep applications on file?

Applications are kept on file for three months. If the applicant is interested in being considered for more than one term, they need to reapply prior to the deadline of the next term for consideration.

Am I eligible to apply for more than one internship position?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for more than one internship position within the same quarter. Keep in mind that an application and all required documents will need to be submitted for each position that you apply to.

Do you offer paid internships?

While NCMEC internships are unpaid, there are many perks that help make the experience even more worthwhile. NCMEC is within walking distance to the King Street Metro and Metro trips to and from NCMEC are reimbursed. For those interns who drive, a parking garage is available and parking reimbursement is provided.

An appreciation celebration is held each semester to commend interns for their hard work and dedication to NCMEC's mission. Interns are invited to attend trainings, seminars, and in-service presentations to gain a broader knowledge of what impact the organization has on the field, what opportunities may be available to them later and to possibly influence where they want to go after their experiences at NCMEC.

Interns have hands-on work experience while obtaining the hours they need to receive credit from their college or university.

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