The government is one of the best potential sources of minority internship opportunities. This is due to the fact that the government is supposed to embrace ‘diversity’ in all its endeavors: among them being the distribution of employment and internship opportunities.
One advantage associated with government internships is in their (perceived) prestige. The various government agencies where interns are attached tend to be very well known. Therefore, having interned there, your future potential employers will tend to take a keener look on your resume upon discovering that you interned at such and such (well-known) government agency. Then there is also the fact that internships in government agencies tend to be real eye-openers: in terms of exposing the interns to how things really work behind the scenes. This is important, because at the end of the day, the most important thing in an internship is the exposure gained by the intern.
The main disadvantage associated with government internships is in the fact that these internships are often not very well paid. On the other hand, you find that interns at businesses and other corporate entities are often very well remunerated. Upon getting an internship at a company like Publix, you may actually be given a Publix passport which would enable you to log into the Publix employee website at www.publix.org. On the other hand, as an intern in a government agency, you will tend to have a very limited role, given the sensitive nature of the activities carried out by majority of government agencies.
Another disadvantage associated with government internships is in the fact that they don’t (usually) lead to automatic employment. This is a problem with encountered earlier, in the post about minority internships in law firms. The same problem manifests in government agencies. That is where you may have an easy time getting an internship there, but then you also have to live with the fact that the internship may not lead to any sort of potential employment (at that particular government agency) afterwards.