Fellowship / Internship Program

Program Overview

The Internship Program is a collaborative project of the Lloyd D. Smith Foundation and the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization with Howard University.

The internship is an experiential leadership-training program designed to create solid pathways to success for the next generation of community leaders. It will provide a challenging and rewarding leadership development and work experience for exceptional students who are committed to higher standards of public and community service in DC neighborhoods. The intern will work with a dynamic team of community development leaders on a variety of projects that will provide the intern with exposure to the technical, social and political dimensions of economic and housing development, urban planning, community development, social services, education and career development in a rapidly changing urban environment. The intern will be afforded an opportunity to develop an extensive network of grassroot and grasstop contacts in Washington, D.C. The participant will gain first-hand knowledge and experience in developing responses and responding to the many socio-economic, affordable housing and educational challenges facing the residents of the Ward Seven community of the District of Columbia.

Application Requirements

The Internship Program is open to any Howard University undergraduate student who is a resident of the District of Columbia and has an interest in urban studies, urban economics, urban planning, community development or community building.

Individuals with the following academic and personal qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • High academic standards (overall GPA of 3.0)

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills

  • Evidence of leadership skills and potential for growth

  • Involvement in campus and/or community-service activities

  • Political awareness

  • Ability to think soundly and creatively

  • Ability to define issues and develop innovative solutions to community concerns

  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable

  • Reputation for integrity and honesty

Host Organization

Marshall Heights Community Development Organization
3939 Benning Road, N.E.
Washington, DC 20019

Duration of Internship

The duration of the internship is one year.


The intern will receive a stipend between $12,000 and $15,000 per year and may
receive academic credit for selected internship courses upon approval of the relevant departmental director.

For Further Information

Please email info@lloyddsmithfoundation.org

Community Programs Community Programs

• College Scholarships
• Internship Opportunities
• African-American History

Program Support for:

• Leadership Development
• Civic Engagement
• Community Development


Scholarship applications are now available for download.

Application deadline is April 16.
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