The internship is offered under a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Minority Academic Institutions (MAI) Program, Student Diversity Internship Program (SDIP) contract. This contract was awarded on March 17, 2011, to AGi Mission Support Services, Incorporated (AGi). AGi is 8(a) certified and a service disabled veteran-owned small business located in Silver Spring, Maryland. As part of their contract, AGi is managing the recruitment and administrative procedures applicable to the SDIP contract.
EPA's SDIP is unique because it provides EPA headquarters, regional offices, and laboratories with the option of retaining a student for the summer, fall and spring. You can have a student participate in your program for ten weeks for each period. The contract may also be used as a mechanism to help you meet your MAI and Small Business goals.
EPA's MAI Program was created to increase opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions to participate in federal programs. Increased participation in federal programs will strengthen these schools, and the entire nation, by promoting faculty development; increasing institutional capacity; and fully developing the diverse
talent pool that constitutes our nation. Success in fulfilling these critical objectives will help our economy to thrive and keep America competitive in the global market.
The SDIP is not limited to MAI colleges and universities, it is open to all college students that are enrolled in an accredited college, university, institution or graduate program. Students must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a sophomore, junior or senior, and have maintained an overall GPA of 2.8 or above on a 4.0 scale. Apply on-line.
On February 6, 2012, EPA will host a “Welcoming Orientation Program” at headquarters for the interns and their mentors (additional information forthcoming). Interns and mentors who are located in EPA regions and laboratories will be able to participate via a webinar. This orientation will also be videotaped.
If you need additional information regarding the SDIP, please feel free to contact Patricia Durrant, Project Officer (PO) at (202) 566-2458 or Tammy Thomas, APO,, at (202) 566-1209.