Publication Date: December 8, 2003
DCL ID: GEN-03-14
Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program
Posted on 12-08-2003
I would like to share with you the announcement of an exciting opportunity for students this summer at the U.S. Department of Education.
The US Department
of Education is currently accepting applications for the third year
of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program. The program,
which President George W. Bush announced on January 21, 2002, was established
in commemoration of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his contributions
to civil and human rights in America. Under this initiative, continuing
college juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply
for an eight-week paid internship in the United States Department of
Education in Washington, D.C. We expect to select up to ten students
for this prestigious honor. The students will be placed either in my
office or in the office of one of my Assistant Secretaries, where they
will gain experience in policy analysis and development. This program
is an exceptional way for outstanding students to learn about the federal
role in education and to understand better the value of government service.
Thank you for your assistance with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program and for your commitment to our nation's students.
Our mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the Nation.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program Fact Sheet
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program is a unique summer internship experience at the U.S. Department of Education, established in commemoration of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his contributions to civil and human rights in America.
Up to ten outstanding undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in education policy or public policy and administration will be selected to participate in the program this summer.
Selected students will be designated
as Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars and will receive temporary
Federal appointments in the excepted service for an eight-week period,
Scholars will be assigned to the Office of the Secretary and the immediate offices of the Assistant Secretaries of Education at the Department's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Scholars will assist with a variety of projects related to critical education programs and initiatives, analysis, policy development, legal, or other work designed to provide developmental experiences and exposure to government and public policy in a Cabinet-level Department.
The program is open to continuing college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program and have plans to register for the Fall semester. Students can be from any field of study.
Students must be in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.3 (academic transcripts required). Two academic references will also be a required part of the student's application.
Note: Graduating baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral students who are not enrolled and continuing their education in the academic semester following the summer internship are not "continuing students" and are not eligible for this program. In addition, students who have participated in the Department's Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program in previous years are not eligible.
The U. S. Department of Education, Office of Management, Human Resources Services, will post a special announcement for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program. The recruiting announcement will briefly describe the program and specify eligibility requirements, application procedures, citizenship requirements, contact information, and other required announcement information.
The announcement will be posted on the U.S. Department of Education's Web site (www.ed.gov), the U. S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) USAJobs Web site (www.usajobs.opm.gov), and Studentjobs.gov (www.studentjobs.gov).
The announcement will be open on December 8, 2003, and close on January 26, 2004. Scholars will be notified of their acceptance to the program by March 31, 2004.
Students desiring to be Martin Luther
King, Jr., Scholars will be required to submit:
The U. S. Department of Education's Human Resources Services will review the application packages for legal, regulatory, and program requirements. Applications from eligible students will be referred to a panel for review. Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement, the quality of thought exemplified in the letter and essay, and the strength of the candidate's interest in education policy or public policy and administration.
Scholars will be expected to: