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Please read below for Frequently Asked Questions: 


Q: Are graduate students eligible? 
A: Graduate students are NOT eligible.

Q: Do you have to be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible?
A: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and individuals with a valid work visa or work permit, including those issued under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; I601 Provisional Waivers are NOT accepted at this time.  

Q: Are international students eligible?
A: International students are NOT eligible. 

Q: I am currently a high school senior and will start college in the fall. Am I eligible?
A: High school seniors who have not started college yet are NOT eligible.

Q: I graduate from an undergraduate program in May, am I eligible?
A: YES, undergraduate seniors graduating in May ARE eligible and may apply.

Q: I am a recent graduate, am I eligible?
A: Recent graduates ARE eligible for up to a year of the graduation date. 

Q: I live in New York/California/Ohio/Alabama/etc., am I eligible for the internship?
A: All accepted students must move to Washington, D.C. or be in commuting distance for the program term as they will be placed in an organization or department located in the city.

Q: Does OCA provide housing for interns?
A: OCA will only provide a housing guide for accepted interns. Finding housing is on the student’s own terms.

Q: How much would housing costs and other expenses total up to living in Washington, D.C.?
A: Housing per month will average about $600 depending on where the student chooses to live. With additional living expenses, interns should look into investing anywhere from $2,000 - $4,000 for the entirety of the internship program. 

Q: What kinds of experience will I gain through this program?
A: Placements are in the public sector, which include federal agencies, Congressional offices as well as various national non-profit organizations. Thus, interns should expect to experience working full-time in very professional settings.

Q: Are students who attend community colleges eligible for the internship?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I have my references send in my letters of recommendations separately instead of including them in my application packet?
We prefer for you to submit all of your application materials in one package, however, you can have your letters of recommendation sent in separately. They should be mailed to the OCA office at 1322 18th St NW, Washington, DC, 20036 postmarked by the deadline.

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