The internship coordinators chose good mentors and organized many presentations, tours, and networking events.
There were occasional periods of inactivity.
Advice to Potential Interns
Like many large companies and government bodies, this organization is bureaucratic in nature. The rewards are great, but it requires patience (consider paperwork and long waiting). Think about whether your personality would fit into this type of employer. If not, start-ups or small companies would be organizations of the opposite style (riskier, entrepreneurial) to consider.
Advice to Management
Compensation and hours are already sufficient at this organization. Employees at this organization seek well-thought-out plans for future research and exploration with goals and milestones. Such vision is currently lacking.
The federal budget sequestration issue (a unique situation) has negatively affected employee retention - most interns seeking full-time positions cannot wait for this issue to be resolved and are looking elsewhere for work.