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Opportunities at APSA
Any internships at APSA will be listed here.

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Studying in Washington: A Guide to Academic Internships in the Nation's Capital (5th ed., 2002), by Stephen Frantzich
This booklet is designed to help undergraduates learn how to secure a Washington, D.C. internship and how to make the best of the internship experience while in the nation's capital.  It provides guidance about the different kinds of internships available,  the living experience in Washington (including housing arrangements, costs, etc.), resources available to interns and those seeking internships, various approaches for leveraging the experience academically, and what to do when exiting the internship.  To order, visit the Career Publications order page.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups. Learn more about the institute here.

Other Internship Resources

To begin looking for an internship, keep the following in mind: 

  • Internships are important for your professional development. Having an internship can enhance your undergraduate education by helping you to develop career skills. Internships also offer insights into practical processes of the workplace, as well as training and contacts that can be helpful in career planning and future employment.
  • Visit your university or college career services office. This office can provide resources on where to look for internships that interest you, as well as advice on how to prepare a resume and cover letter before applying.
  • Do your research. Read internship applications closely and consider carefully what projects you will be working on if you accept a position as an intern. Compensation for interns varies widely; some positions offer academic credit, while others give interns a stipend or a salary. Be sure you are clear on what is offered before applying.  
  • Plan ahead. Many internships have application deadlines up to two semesters in advance. For internships with many Federal government agencies, for example, you will need to apply in the Fall semester for a summer internship. 

Internship Databases 

The following is a collection of non-APSA internship programs databases and search engines. Many are geared towards certain industries and career sectors. You can find additional links for job databases on the APSA online career resources page

The House of Representatives Employment Bulletin 
Full listing of all open positions, including internships, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Open positions in committees are also included in the bulletin. 

A resource for finding internships in non-profits, both in the U.S. and internationally.
A student-focused internship marketplace, bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one place. 

Global Jobs 
A job listing site, including internships, for foreign affairs positions in NGOs, think tanks, government and the private sector. 

The Senate Employment Bulletin 
Full list of all open positions open positions, including internships, in the U.S. Senate. Open positions in committees are also included in the bulletin. 

State Job Boards
Nearly every state job board lists internship available in state agencies, museums, and other institutions. A quick google search can point you to the appropriate state resource.

The resource for job postings in all departments and agencies of the federal government. Includes links to the Pathways Program, which offers internships, fellowships and careers for students and recent graduates. Virtual Student Foreign Service projects are also posted through USAJobs. 

Other Federal Government Institutes and Agencies
For select other federal government institutes and agencies--including the SmithsonianFBICIA, and the Commission on International Religious Freedom--internships are posted on their respective websites. 

Internship Programs and Fellowships

The following is a collection of non-APSA internship programs.  Most are for undergraduates and some are specifically targeted to minority students, while others are general programs for any interested student. 

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships  
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internship programs bring the policy making process to life. The nation's capital serves as the backdrop for our internship programs that offer personal, educational, and leadership development. 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Internship 
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Program focuses on increasing Hispanic Students' awareness of the U.S. political system and enhancing their leadership skills.  

The Fund for American Studies 
The Fund for American Studies runs several internship programs both in Washington DC and abroad throughout the year. During the DC programs, each student takes a class through George Mason University in addition to interning 30-35 hours per week at a government agency, Congressional office, policy group, think tank, media outlet or nonprofit organization.   

Ford Motor Company/Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Leadership Program 
This program offers a unique internship experience for students to develop their personal, educational, and leadership skills.  Oppportunities for students to gain exposure to the inner workings of the United States Congress, Federal Government, and Washington, D.C.-based think tanks and international institutions.

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. 

Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Summer Congressional Internship Program
This program is designed to provide Native American college students with experience in the legislative process, congressional matters, and governmental proceedings. 

National Academy of Social Insurance
The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), a non-profit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance, is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities. These are nationally-competitive internships with a select number of placements made each year. 

Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes
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.

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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