Internship Resources

APSA Resources

Studying in Washington Booklet Cover with cartoon of city Opportunities at APSA
Any internships at APSA will be listed here.

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, go to the Career Publications order page.


Other Resources

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

College Board Online This site has several articles with links pointing to internship resources.  Use the site's search feature to search on "internships".

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. Students leave our programs better prepared to meet the complex challenges facing current and future generations.

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 was founded to help instill in young people an appreciation for the American form of government and the free enterprise system. TFAS sponsors 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.

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.  Oppportunity 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. Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities, including jobs and internships, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

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.

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) 
Application Deadline: April 18, 2010 The Richard J. Riordan Summer Intern Program at PPIC provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a public policy career to work in a policy research environment. Intern projects are proposed by PPIC researchers and designed around a specific set of tasks and deliverables that can be accomplished within the term of the internship.

Rising Star Internships - This web site contains an extensive database of internship opportunities for students and is a place where they can post their resumes in order to secure internships.

The Washington Center - The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that helps locate internships on Capitol Hill and in the Washington D.C. area.

Washington Internship Institute   - The Washington Internship Institute (WII) is a project of the Institute for Experiential Learning.  The Institute for Experiential Learning (IEL), an educational nonprofit organization, is committed to individual development through excellence in experiential education. Active learning by participants, including disciplined reflection about individual goals, intercultural competence, and personal attention from IEL staff, are at the heart of IEL's mission.  They offer resources for obtaining internships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors offer first-hand knowledge and practical experience for all majors.


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