Federal Program Advisor

Join an organization where you can make a difference in the lives of students from across the nation and the world. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), we see a world where young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to discover, develop and realize their full potential. TWC is the bridge between higher education and professional careers–leveraging all that Washington D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.

Position Description

The Federal Program Advisor is a key role for delivering on The Washington Center’s promise to students to provide them with a transformational experience – setting them on a course of achievement and leadership. He/she serves as the first line of support for TWC’s federal agency partners and interns. This person is responsible for managing and implementing numerous federal internship programs, while also executing a professional development curriculum targeted at enhancing the broader federal intern experience.

Essential Functions

  • Student Learning & Advisement
    • Develop and implement student experience and professional development curriculum in consultation with federal relations team for a caseload of 40-50 students. Manage syllabus for program.
    • Mentor students while they are in the program, outlining and monitoring professional development goals, and overall progress throughout the term.
    • Provide regular and consistent feedback on assignments throughout the term.
    • Co-plan 4-8 professional development events and/or workshops for students.
    • Assist with internship referral and placement process, as well as logistics.
    • Ensure all TWC constituents have a positive and beneficial experience.
  • Student Experience
    • Conduct orientation.
    • Monitor student/supervisor relationship for professional development and enhancement of professional skill sets.
    • Serve as a liaison between students and internship sites, conduct site visits (locally and regionally) and perform mid-term and final evaluations.
    • Develop relationship with internship supervisor and internship site that promotes TWC and provides an opportunity to guide the supervisor’s role in educating students in a professional setting.
    • Fully utilize and adopt curriculum management systems and technological processes including timely communication with students.
    • Ensure both federal agencies and students are aware of TWC policies including financial assistance and code of conduct.
  • Client Relations
    • Provide all clients with excellent customer service by answering questions and providing information in a timely manner. Clients may include, but are not limited to: federal agencies points of contact, travel and housing companies, students, and university/college officials.
    • Provide designated manager(s) with updates on interactions with current federal agency partners as well as potential new business development opportunities.
  • Student Recruitment
    • Participate in limited recruitment trips at colleges and universities each semester to promote TWC and to share TWC’s message, introducing the programs TWC offers to faculty, staff, administrators, and prospective students.
    • Contribute to the planning of a strategic marketing and recruitment plan for all federal internship programs, mainly focused on the Naval Research Laboratory, but assisting with others as needed.

Education and Experience

  • Required Education and Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in related field required.
    • 2-3 years’ related work experience.
    • Experience working with students required.
  • Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience:
    • Master’s degree a plus.
    • Experience working with the Federal government is a plus.
    • Experience working with college students highly preferred.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which are critical to the successful performance of the job. These may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with the position:
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively.
    • Excellent client relations skills.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives.
    • Organized and detail orientated.
    • Ability to develop systems for tracking information and knowledge.
    • Easily adaptable.
    • Independent judgment and initiative.
    • Proficiency in MS Office with strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system.
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer.

Physical Abilities

These are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form.

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.