Early Talent Program FAQ’s

Applying/Interviewing Questions

How long do internships typically last? 

We require a 10-week minimum for all our intern positions, but we are flexible in allowing many of our interns to work longer than that if they’re able and/or with the manager’s approval. 

Do you offer fall or spring co-ops/internships? 

Some of our teams can support fall or spring co-ops. Please reference our career page to see if any fall or spring opportunities are available. The co-op/ intern time frame will be listed in the title or job description. The bulk of our internships are offered during the summer term (June through mid-August).

How do I apply for an internship position/see what’s available? 

You can visit careers.parsons.com to see a real-time list of the positions we have available. You can also click on the link located to the right of this webpage, and it should direct you to our current position availability.  


What The Interview Process Looks Like

Who do I contact for more information on the internship program or current open positions? 

Please contact Chelsea Tekesky (Chelsea.Tekesky@parsons.com), Jenna Anderson (Jenna.Anderson@parsons.com), or Natalie Fisher (Natalie.Fisher@parsons.com) for more information. 


Internship Experience FAQS

Is housing assistance offered during an internship? 

We do not offer housing assistance. However, our hourly rates are competitive and should compensate for the housing costs that you may incur during your internship. 

What type of events/career development is offered? 

Each summer, we offer a variety of career development WebEx series’, lunch and learns, and after-work-hour social events with other interns in your area/at your office location. These events can include, but aren’t limited to, happy hours, capture the flag, hiking, cookouts, and more! 

How will I be led during my experience? 

Each intern will be assigned a manager. Within your first week with us, you should be introduced to other points of contact within that manager’s team that will be able to mentor/help you as well. Along with your manager and team, the Early Talent Program Representatives are always available as an extra resource during your time with Parsons.  

How many interns does Parsons typically have at one time? 

Parsons typically has between 80-150 interns each summer across all of our markets and office locations. During the fall and spring, that number decreases significantly due to most students’ inability to work during the school semesters. 

Where are the internships physically located? 

  • Centreville, VA
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Aiken, SC

However, we do offer other internships at Parsons’ offices across the nation. Each of our positions will specify where the internship will be located. 


Onboarding Questions

What’s the dress code at Parsons/for interns?

Our core values define us as a corporation—and as individuals. By applying these principles, we consistently provide value to our customers and meet our goals.

Shirts, Tops, And Blouses

DO: Wear dress shirts, collared shirts, sweaters, golf shirts, and polos

DON’T: Wear tank tops; midriff tops; T-shirts; or shirts with offensive words, terms, logos, pictures, etc.

Skirts And Dresses

DO: Wear casual dresses and skirts of a length that allows you to sit comfortably in public

DON’T: Wear mini-skirts, sundresses, or spaghetti-strap dresses

Pants

DO: Wear slacks (khaki, wool, or any other cotton or synthetic material), jeans (without rips or tears), or dressy capris

DON’T: Wear shorts, sweatpants, athletic wear, or leggings

Shoes

DO: Wear dress shoes, conservative athletic/walking shoes, loafers, clogs, boots, flats, or dress heels

DON’T: Wear flip-flops, slippers, or open-toed shoes

When will I receive information regarding first day instructions? 

You will receive an email from our People Central department within the week prior to you starting that will provide you with all the information that you will need to prepare for your first day. 


Eligibility Questions

Do Parsons internships require a security clearance? 

Internships that fall under Parsons Federal Solutions segment, typically require that interns are eligible to obtain and maintain a security clearance. This process will require proof of U.S. citizenship. While most of our positions pose this requirement, please reference the internship positions listed on our career page to see if a security clearance eligibility/ US citizenship is required.  

Do I have to be enrolled in a college or university to participate in the internship program? 

At this time, Parsons internships require that you are currently enrolled in a university or community college at the time of your internship.  

Are interns eligible to return for another summer internship after they’ve already done an internship with Parsons? 

Yes! We have had many interns return for a second and even third summer with us.  

What is the required GPA? 

In order to be eligible for an internship with Parsons, we require that your GPA is at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  


Interview Preparation Tips

  • Bring a positive, can-do attitude 
  • Bring extra copies of your resume, at least 1 for every person you’ll encounter and then a few more 
  • Print your resume on quality paper, not copy paper 
  • Bring a notepad and writing instrument to take notes 
  • Do your homework:  Research the company, position, and leaders before the interview 
  • Bring questions about the position, the culture, the company, etc. 
  • The worst answer to the question, “Do you have any questions for us?” is “No.”  Ask your questions.  If they’ve already been answered, say “I did, but you’ve already answered them.” 
  • Dress professionally for the interview and practice good hygiene 
  • Be able to discuss any item on your resume 
  • Avoid perfunctory responses 
  • Avoid foul language 
  • Use good manners 
  • Avoid negative statements about prior teammates, coworkers, managers, etc. 
  • Arrive 5-15 minutes early for the interview 
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