Internships

We have included a list of national internships for students seeking work-based opportunities. You may apply for these awards without seeking university nomination or endorsement, however this office will give you advice on your application and provide support through the process.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduates participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Visit the website for more information.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Senior, Alumni

Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants for one year conducting research for books, co-authoring papers, participating in meetings, and organizing briefings. Students with significant coursework in International Affairs, Political Science, Economics, History, or languages such as Russian, or Chinese are encouraged to apply. Visit website for more information.

Center for Strategic and International Studies Internships

Junior

CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring, and summer for students interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. There are multiple deadlines. Visit the website for more information.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

Senior, Alumni

The Rangel Program seeks individuals from all fields who are interested in foreign policy and careers in the State Department Foreign Service. The Program provides a summer enrichment program for undergraduates and funding for graduate school. Visit the website for more information.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

The Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals is a year-long, work-study fellowship program in Germany for business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields. Visit the website for more information.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship

Senior

The Fellowship offers Latinos who have earned a bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date a paid, nine-month fellowship to gain experience at the national level in public policy. Students must be Hispanic U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply. Visit the website for more information.

D.C. Internships

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) sponsors institutes that offer classroom study, internships, and special events. Sophomores and juniors with relevant professional or volunteer experience are preferred. Visit the website for application deadlines and more information.

Danforth Center Summer Internship

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

The Danforth Center is a highly collaborative institution where interns find an interactive and supportive atmosphere. The goal of this unique program is to give each student insight into the research environment, as well as to teach valuable research skills. Center staff work to facilitate connections among interns and their scientific colleagues through discussion forums, informal lunches, social gatherings and through the Center's daily "tea time". Visit the website for more information.

Emigre Memorial German Internship

Sophomore, Junior

The Internship Program offers students internships at a German state parliament to gain government work experience, improve German language skills and learn about German culture. Visit the website for more information.

Environment America Fellows

Senior, Alumni

Start your career in environmental action and advocacy by working closely with experienced advocates and organizers at Environment America. You'll work for two years researching and writing reports, lobying elected officials, building powerful coalitions, generating traditional media and social media attention, running citizen outreach campaigns, and identifying and cultivating donors. Visit the website for more information.

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Sophomore

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scholarship program provides applicants with awards up to $8,000 per year for full time study and a 10-week internship in the summer for training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education. Visit the website for more information.

French Internship

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Alumni

The Lexington Sister Cities Commission offers students from Lexington to gain professional experience through an internship in France. Benefits include a placement for internship, living arrangements, and some compensation. Applicants must be 18 years old, have good knowledge of French, and be available to be abroad for 2 months. Visit the website for more information.

Henry Clay Internship

Sophomore, Junior

The Henry Clay Internship is open to students at Kentucky colleges and universities who wish to pursue a career in public service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each intern receives a stipend for living expenses in Washington during the summer internship. Visit the website for more information.

Herbert Scoville Peace and Security Fellowship

Senior

The Scoville Program offers students the opportunity to work in Washington D.C. for 6-9 months with nonprofit, and public interest groups addressing peace and security issues. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is desirable. Visit the website for more information.

Joint Program in Survey Methodology Junior Fellow Program

Sophomore, Junior

The JPSM junior fellow program enables students to work as an intern in a Federal statistical agency while being enrolled in a seminar to introduce students to how large scale surveys are designed, collected, and analyzed. Visit the website for more information.

Lexington Prosecutor Summer Internship

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student

The Summer Prosecutorial Internship Program gives students insight into the workings of the criminal justice system. Students will be exposed to activities to acquaint them with the responsibilities of being a prosecutor. Visit the website for more information.

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy

Alumni

In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers a fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. To apply, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in social science.

Visit the website (http://www.iwpr.org/about/fellowships) for more information. 

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarships

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student

The Overseas Press Club Foundation sponsors a scholarship for students interested in becoming foreign correspondents. The scholarship pays for travel and living expenses and provides an internship at foreign bureaus. Students in all fields are encouraged to apply, but must be interested in becoming a foreign correspondent. For more information click here

Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internships

Junior, Senior

The Pasteur Foundation of New York encourages students to pursue scientific careers and expose them to an international laboratory experience during a 10-week summer internship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and should have working knowledge of French. Visit the website for more information.

Princess Grace Awards Program

Junior, Senior, Alumni, Graduate Student

The Princess Grace Awards Program recognizes the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film. The scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give emerging artists the financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence. All applicants must seek a nomination from a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit the website for more information.

Public Policy and International Affairs Program

Junior, Graduate Student

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Read more here:  https://ppiaprogram.org/

SMART Scholarship

Freshman, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student

The SMART Scholarship Program is for students pursuing a degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed with the Department of Defense upon graduation. In order to apply, students must be a U.S. citizen, participate in summer internships, and accept employment with the DoD. Visit the website for more information.

The James H. Dunn Jr. Memorial Fellowship

Graduate Student

The James H. Dunn Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government for one year.

Dunn Fellows are recruited from public and private colleges and universities throughout the nation. Qualified applicants must have completed a bachelor's or higher graduate degree in the 18 months prior to the program's commencement and must have demonstrated a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities and community/public service involvement.

The Lime Connect Fellowship Program

Junior

The Lime Connect Fellowship Program is for highly accomplished rising Juniors with disabilities.

Urban Fellows Program

Senior, Alumni

The Urban Fellows Program is designed to introduce college students and graduates to local government and public service through a nine-month fellowship that combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intnesive seminar series. Visit the website for more information.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

Senior, Alumni

The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits over two years toward a two-year master's degree, internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Visit the website for more information.

Washington Center Internships

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Alumni, Graduate Student

The Washington Center offers a wide range of internships for students in Washington, D.C. and abroad. Internships are for academic credit and do not include a stipend.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship

Junior

Fellows work on a research project under the supervision of a mentor in the ocean sciences or marine policy. Fellows receive housing and a stipend. Visit the website for more information.

Young Fellows Program

Alumni

The Young Fellows Program offers opportunities for:

  • Advocacy: Lobby Congress and build grassroots campaigns to encourage constituents and members of Congress to take action by providing them with information on critical issues.
  • Research: Attend congressional committee hearings and coalition meetings and analyze documents and reports.
  • Communications: Draft action alerts, letters, and background reports to keep constituents informed and to express FCNL's position to Congress and the administration.
  • Outreach: Help build democracy by organizing campaigns and workshops that empower people around the country to engage with elected officials in Washington.