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Department of Government Internships Opportunities

Internships and Professional Development Opportunities

Internships are one of the most significant ways in which to boost your political science education and professional development. Internships assist students not only in acquiring valuable hands-on experience but also in developing lifelong professional contacts whose assistance will be invaluable. The list below provides numerous political science and government internship opportunities. Simply click on the organization in which you are interested and pay close attention to all of its requirements and deadlines. To receive academic credit for an internship, students must register for GOVT 495 and fill out all of the requisite paper work. For more information, contact the Department Chair, Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño.

Applying to Graduate School

Doing your investigative homework regarding graduate studies is critical to selecting the right political science or government graduate school program. Find resources from the American Political Science Association or this excellent guide on applying to graduate school.

For other excellent resources on graduate school education and networking in graduate school, see the Graduate Student Connection at the American Political Science Association's website.

Internships and Professional Development Opportunities

American Studies Program

Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program has served hundreds of students as a "Washington, D.C. campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit the students' talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of fields. Participants also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars that are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. The ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis and real world experience. Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their futures and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ's lordship by putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help Council schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.
More information here.

Campaign Corps

Campaign Corps is a national grassroots program dedicated to politically empowering young people. Each year, Campaign Corps trains talented recent graduates and place them on targeted, progressive Democratic campaigns. Participants receive a stipend and free housing during the campaign, with all travel expenses paid. More information here.

Common Cause Internship and Volunteer Program

Each semester and during the summer months, Common Cause offers internships to students from across the country. Working closely with staff and volunteers, interns do grassroots organizing, contribute research to policy papers and investigative studies, monitor congressional committee meetings, function as press office aides, and assist our Development staff.

Through training and daily work experience, interns gain a broad understanding of the workings of Congress and the Executive Branch, and learn how a nonpartisan grassroots citizens' organization lobbies elected officials. Weekly briefings with Common Cause staff keep interns updated on the legislative status of Common Cause issues and the political strategy we are pursuing.

Learn more about Common Cause.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship Programs

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship programs bring the policy making process to life. The nation's capital serves as the backdrop for these internship programs that offer personal, educational, and leadership development. Students leave our programs better prepared to meet the complex challenges facing current and future generations. More information here. - The Fund for American Studies

The Fund for American Studies was founded to educate students with an appreciation for the American form of government and the free enterprise system. TFAS sponsors five Institutes that teach college students about the principles and values upon which the United States was founded. Each Institute offers classroom study, internships, and special events. Students in the summer are housed together at Georgetown University while the Capital Semester students live in a newly-renovated intern residence building located on Capitol Hill. More information here.

The European Institute

The European Institute is the leading Washington-based public-policy organization devoted to transatlantic affairs. It provides an independent forum for US and European government and corporate decision makers, officials from multilateral organizations, foreign and economic policy analysts, and expert journalists to exchange information, develop innovative policy options, and create new professional working relationships. For internship information click here.

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Undergraduate Fellowship on Terrorism

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies seeks qualified candidates with a distinguished record of academic achievement and campus leadership to join the FDD Undergraduate Fellowship program. Students will be selected for a fellowship that includes a two-week course of study in Tel Aviv, Israel and a four-day seminar in Washington, D.C. More information here.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program

This program offers internships to Hispanic students who attend institutions that enroll significant numbers of Hispanic Students. Internships are offered in Washington D.C. as well as other locations throughout the country. More information here.


Students can use to conduct an extensive college search for perfect internship abroad or volunteer abroad opportunities during your overseas study. Follow links, graphics or email buttons and request more information. More information here.

New Organizing Institute Internship

The New Organizing Institute was created to teach a new generation of online organizers and internet campaign directors how to conduct a successful email fundraising campaign, organize volunteers online, outreach to bloggers, coordinate field and online work, and make smart choices about political technology.

NOI is seeking smart, motivated individuals with a demonstrated interest in using technology to help progressive candidates and organizations conduct winning campaigns for a fall-semester internship in Washington D.C. Visit NOI web site.

Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 20 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows. More information here.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Designed to introduce 20 students to the world of graduate study and encourage applications to Ph.D. programs in political science, the heart of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is two transferable credit courses, one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics. The courses introduce students to the intellectual demands of graduate school and political science research methods. As a final project for both courses, students prepare original, empirical research papers and top students are given the opportunity to present their research at APSA's Annual Meeting, with all expenses paid by the Association.

Classes are held on the Duke University campus, where students have access to a fully equipped computer laboratory, library collections, and other university facilities. Educational activities range from formal classroom settings to informal dinners and lunches with prominent political scientists and Duke University faculty. A strong ethics component is included with readings, cases, debates, and lectures on issues within an academic setting.

The Institute provides full support of tuition, transportation, room and board, books, and instructional materials. Participants will also receive a stipend of $200 a week for four weeks. More information here.

Rising Star Internships

This is an online database of extensive internship opportunities for students. Students can post their resumes in order to secure internships. This is an excellent resource. More information here.

The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest such program, with more than 60 full-time staff, The Washington Center has over 35,000 alumni, leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. More information here.

Washington Internship Institute (WII)

The Washington Internship Institute offers fall, spring, or summer internships in Washington, DC. Students learn about their fields of interest through internships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that offer first-hand knowledge and practical experience for all majors.

White House Internship Program

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the daily operations of the White House. In addition to normal office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, volunteer at special events, participate in tours, and contribute to a community service project in the Washington, D.C. area. White House Internships are unpaid positions and participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing. Approximately 100 interns are chosen each spring, summer, and fall to participate in this highly competitive program. More information here.

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