DSWD Government Internship Program (GIP)

The Government Internship Program (GIP), guided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), offers a significant stepping stone for Filipino youth eager to delve into government service. Reinitiated in 2024 after a pause, this program caters specifically to young Filipinos aged 18 to 25, whether they are pursuing their college education or have recently graduated.

The GIP not only provides a stipend but also enriches participants with invaluable firsthand experience in various governmental operations, aiming to bolster their future employability and civic engagement. Those who qualify can anticipate not just financial support but also a robust exposure to the workings of public service, potentially setting the stage for a future within governmental or related sectors.

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What is the Government Internship Program?

The Government Internship Program (GIP), under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is a key program that offers practical work experience in government agencies to Filipino youth. Resumed in 2024 after a hiatus due to health concerns, this program is part of the Kabataan 2000 program, aimed at enhancing the employability of both out-of-school and in-school youth.

Legal Basis

The GIP is not merely a temporary opportunity; it is a well-grounded program supported by government policies intended to foster youth involvement in public service, enhancing their skills and experience.


Participants of the GIP can look forward to the following benefits:

  • A stipend amounting to 75% of the existing regional wage rate.
  • Hands-on experience in various governmental operations.
  • Exposure to public service, potentially paving the way for future employment in government.

Eligibility / Qualifications

To be eligible for the GIP, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age between 18 and 25 years.
  • Enrolled in college, preferably in their 3rd or 4th year, or a recent graduate.
  • Family income not exceeding the poverty threshold of PHP 13,797 per month.


The following are necessary to apply for the GIP:

  • Proof of age and educational status.
  • Income certification to verify the family’s financial status.
  • Covid vaccination card as a health safety measure.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from the GIP

  1. Verify Eligibility: Ensure you meet the age, educational, and income requirements.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Collect all necessary documentation including ID, income proof, and vaccination card.
  3. Apply: Submit your application within the designated application period from May 8 to 10.
  4. Participate in Screening: Undergo the screening process which may involve interviews or assessments.
  5. Engage in the Internship: If selected, commit to a 30-day service period, gaining experience and skills in various government operations.

Further Information

For more details, interested applicants can contact Verlan Rosales, Youth Focal at the Sectoral Programs Division of the DSWD’s Program Management Bureau, via email at vtrosales@dswd.gov.ph.

A Closer Look: The Experience and Impact

Through the GIP, youth are not only introduced to the mechanics of government operations but are also imbued with a sense of public service that is essential in today’s socio-economic environment. The program serves as a major bridge for young individuals to transition confidently into the workforce, equipped with not just theoretical knowledge but practical skills and a real-world understanding of governmental functions.

The GIP also plays a significant role in developing future leaders who are well-versed in the challenges and operations of the public sector, potentially leading to a more dynamic and responsive government in the future.

Recent Updates

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In celebration of the 122nd Labor Day, the DSWD Field Office 1 – SWAD Ilocos Norte – Provincial Action Team, in collaboration with National Government Agencies and Private Sectors, organized various activities in Ilocos Norte. These activities included a Job Fair, Kadiwa ng Pangulo, and a Ceremonial Awarding of Government Internship Program, providing opportunities and recognition for the local community.

President Marcos Jr. Leads Distribution of Government Assistance in Occidental Mindoro

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. visits the Municipality of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro to personally oversee the distribution of various government assistance to over 2,000 beneficiaries. These include agricultural equipment, fishing boats, livelihood programs, financial aid, irrigation projects, and educational scholarships provided by different national government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Department of Labor and Employment, among others.

NAPC Meet Discusses Social Protection and Youth Employability Programs

A recent meeting held by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) focused on the status of various social protection and youth employability programs. Discussions included updates on programs from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), highlighting the importance of providing employment opportunities and establishing social safety nets to combat poverty.

DSWD Opens Applications for Government Internship Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that they will be accepting applications for the Government Internship Program (GIP) from May 9 to May 12 of last year. GIP, a component of the Kabataan 2000 program, aims to provide in-school youth with hands-on experience working in various government agencies.


By participating in the GIP, youth take a significant step toward not only enhancing their own careers but also contributing to the governance and development of the nation. It’s more than an internship; it’s an opportunity to grow, learn, and potentially shape the future of public service in the Philippines.

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