June 20, 2017

Internship Opportunities

If you find yourself drawn to a political profession, take time to evaluate your options. 

To learn more about opportunities in various political professions, please refer to the links included in the sections below.

Interest Groups

  • Common Cause
    • “Each spring, summer and fall, Common Cause offers internships in Washington, DC to students from across the country.  Interns work closely with national staff on grassroots organizing efforts, research and writing of policy papers and investigative studies, outreach to members of Congress and their staffs, e-advocacy, and fundraising.”
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
    • “BPC offers full-time summer, and part-time fall and spring internships each academic semester. Qualified candidates will be highly motivated and energetic self-starters. Interns will assist individual projects and departments in several capacities and should be enthusiastic about working on a variety of tasks. Candidates must be team players and express an interest in one of the BPC’s various policy projects or functional areas.”
  • Democracy Fund
    • “The Democracy Fund is seeking highly motivated undergrads, graduate students, and recent graduates from across the political spectrum for a paid internship or fellowship.”
  • FairVote
    • “Our internship program offers participants the opportunity to work on projects that advance reforms at the local, state, and national level. Interns build skills and learn through assignments and attending workshops and seminars. We also often have guest speakers in our office and organize field trips to relevant sites in Washington, D.C. such as Capitol Hill.”
  • Partnership for Public Service
    • “The Public Service internship program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to contribute to the Partnership’s mission while developing valuable professional skills.”
  • Vote Smart
    • “The Vote Smart Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students come to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns.”
  • Open Secrets: Center for Responsive Politics
    • “If you’d like to learn how to serve the perfect cup of coffee, the Center for Responsive Politics won’t be for you. But if you’re looking for a challenging public-interest internship that will turn you into a detective in our nation’s capital, send us your résumé. Here at the Center we track the money and other behind-the-scenes forces shaping the government policies that affect each of us every day.”
  • Rock The Vote
    • As the largest, most diverse generation in our country’s history, young people have more power than ever to decide our future. It’s Rock the Vote’s mission to ensure they exercise that power by participating in the democratic process – and we need your help! We are a 501(c)(3) organization based out of Washington, DC that is committed to voting rights and equal access for each American at the ballot box.”
  • TurboVote
    • We make sure you always know when elections are happening, and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, & apply for your absentee ballot!”
  • Running Start
    • By educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, and imbuing them with the skills they need to be leaders, we give women the running start they need to achieve greater political power. With an earlier start in politics, women will climb higher on the leadership ladder, allowing more women to share in the decision making power of this country.”
  • Listen First Project
    • “In today’s hyper-polarized world, we’re committed to turning the tide by starting new conversations that bridge divides. We can restore civil discourse, one conversation at a time.”
  • No Labels
    • Experience the thrill of grassroots organizing, successful media campaigns, and citizen engagement with a fellowship at No Labels. Fall, spring and summer fellows will experience the fast-paced, dynamic world of political activism at one of the nation’s fastest-growing political nonprofits.”

Capitol Hill

  • United States House of Representatives
    • “The House offers many college internship opportunities in Washington, DC, and district offices around the U.S. Opportunities are generally available in the spring, summer, and fall. Summer positions are the most popular and most competitive. Applying for an internship or fellowship is similar to applying for admission to a college or university. The application process takes time and effort, often requiring essays and interviews.”

White House

  • The White House Internship: A Public Service Leadership Program
    • “The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.”

Government Agencies

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    • “Appointments for intern positions last from 10 to 16 weeks and are normally held during summer months. To be eligible for an internship, students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis as determined by their college or university. These internships are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.”
  • Department of State
    • “Experience the thrill and rewards of working in a student program at the U.S. Department of State. Whether you’re a high school student looking for summer employment, or a college or graduate student seeking a substantive internship supporting U.S. foreign policy, there’s no limit as to how far our opportunities can take you. At the U.S. Department of State, you’ll have the opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world.”
  • Department of the Treasury
    • “The Internship Program provides students with paid opportunities to explore federal careers while in school. Each Pathways Program has specific eligibility requirements. The official job postings will include eligibility/qualification requirements.”
  • Department of Defense
    • “The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.”
  • Department of Justice
    • “The Department of Justice Pathways (DOJ) Programs provide clear paths to Federal employment for students and recent graduates. The Pathways Programs consist of three major subprograms: the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program (RGP), and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.”
  • Department of the Interior
    • “This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.”
  • Department of Agriculture
    • “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites currently enrolled students to apply for our “Student Intern Program” (SIP) providing students with employment opportunities year-round. Student employees gain valuable professional experience as an assistant in scientific, professional, technical, and/or administrative areas.”
  • Department of Commerce
    • “The mission of the Department of Commerce (DOC) Internship Program is to engage and empower developing leaders with a passion for public service. The program will expose students to opportunities in the Federal Government and the potential to find passion in a career in public service. Interns will gain unique experience though their placement in one of several DOC offices.”
  • Department of Labor
    • “The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways Internship Program. As an Intern, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable on the job training and experience related to your field while pursuing your education. Internship can be seasonal (spring, summer, fall or year round).”
  • Department of Health and Human Services
    • “The Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful career development work.”
  • Department of Transportation
    • “The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has several internship opportunities, which are aimed at providing current high school, college, and recent college graduates with meaningful developmental and work experiences in the transportation industry.”
  • Department of Energy
    • “These student programs allow participants taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, two- or four- year college or university, graduate or professional school to be part of a cooperative-learning environment.”
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • “The Pathways Internship Program allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development.”
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • “The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of prestigious scholarships, fellowships, internships and training opportunities to expose talented students to the broad national security mission.”


Political Reporting

  • PolitiFact
    • “Interested in interning for PolitiFact? We have a few different avenues for internships; all follow a competitive application process. Interns work out of either Washington, D.C., or St. Petersburg, Fla. We look for college students with journalism experience, published work, a commitment to independent thinking and a willingness to work hard.”
  • The Washington Post
    • “The Washington Post offers paid summer internships for reporters; photographers and videographers; copy editors and multiplatform producers; news and digital designers; graphics reporters and developers; and social media producers.”
  • Politico
    • “POLITICO is a global news and information company at the intersection of politics and policy. With publications based in Washington, D.C., New York and Brussels – and continued expansion into various state capitals in the United States – POLITICO has one of the most robust and rapidly expanding roster of journalists covering politics and policy in the world.”
  • NPR
    • “Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR. Find out how you can contribute your diverse talents to gain invaluable experience at the heart of a thriving multimedia organization.”
  • Voice Of America
    • “The Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. International Broadcaster, reaches a weekly audience of more than 236 million people on radio, television and digital in nearly 50 different languages and news bureaus around the world. We engage with our audience on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to share content and interact with them. At VOA, we work with colleges and universities to provide students the opportunity to apply coursework learned in the classroom with practice in the workplace. Students work on teams that relate to their major and career goals.”
  • Washington Times
    • “The Washington Times is a well-known and respected name in Washington, D.C., with an increasingly recognizable media brand across America and around the world. Our credible reputation, built from a combination of our hard-hitting news and fearless journalism, has allowed our organization to grow and prosper at a time when much of the newspaper industry has seen massive declines.”