Internship Opportunities

State Level - Local

Sections Offered:

Section 1: State Level - Local

Section 2: Federal Level - National

Section 3: Academic Programs

Executive Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: April 3

Fall: July 31

The Governor’s Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for Florida’s brightest students to gain valuable professional experience while helping make Florida the greatest state in the nation to live, work and play. This program is designed to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a rare, hands-on experience in state government that will better prepare them for future careers. Interns will gain an understanding of the inner workings of state government and have one-of-a-kind opportunities to interact with elected and appointed officials, government agencies and the media. If you have any questions please contact the Governor’s Internship Program Coordinator, Kim Bane at 850-717-9224.

The James Madison Institute

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: March 16

Fall: July 3

The James Madison Institute internship program operates year-round and is generally organized by college semesters. College students are given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in several fields focused on advancing public policy ideas. Interns are assigned to JMI staff members to gain hands-on experience while improving their research, analytical, and writing skills. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply; however, preference is given to students with backgrounds in economics, public policy, political science, communications, development, or any related fields. JMI internships are unpaid, but prospective interns are encouraged to contact their college or university to see if the internship qualifies for academic credit. Housing is not provided by JMI.

Office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

Deadlines:

Spring: October 9

Summer: March 11

Fall: June 12

The Attorney General serves as the attorney for the State of Florida and as a member of the Florida Cabinet (For more information about the Attorney General visit the Role and Function of the Attorney General). Interning for the Office of the Attorney General affords students an opportunity to gain practical experience in a legal field and offers students a chance to perform meaningful work toward the completion of their degree. The Office of the Attorney General Internship is open to interested students enrolled in an accredited ABA law school or an applicable undergraduate program of study with an accredited educational institution. The program offers unpaid internship and student volunteer opportunities. Students must be able to intern a minimum of 20 hours per week, or for a period as prescribed by the college or school. 

State Legislature of Florida (House and Senate)

Deadlines: N/A

Rolling Admissions Until Spots are Filled

State Legislators from across Florida are always looking for interns to help them out at the Capitol during session. Offices which have reached out to us seeking interns will be posted below, along with information on how to be put in contact for moving forward.

State House:

-TBD

State Senate: 

-TBD

Federal Level - National

American Conservative Union (ACU)

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: TBD

Fall: TBD

The ACU Internship provides a unique perspective of politics, allowing interaction with Members of Congress, media personalities, and thought leaders in the conservative movement. You will gain hands-on experience as part of a supportive and collaborative team, all sharing the goal of spreading and energizing the conservative movement in America. ACU has six departments — Events and Conferences, Development, Communications, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice Reform, & Operations. Each department has different responsibilities, but regardless everyone works together as a team to ensure the smooth operation of the organization. This is a paid internship, and additional hours may be required due to the amount of preparation that goes into executing our annual conference.

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: TBD

Fall: TBD

AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work directly with some of America’s most renowned scholars, economists, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists conducting research on today’s prominent public policy questions. Our internships offer opportunities on the research side of the Institute (Economics, Health Care, Poverty Studies, Foreign and Defense Policy, Education, Politics and Public Opinion, Society and Culture) as well as on the business side (Executive Office, Development, Government Relations, External Affairs, Media Relations, Video Production, Accounting, Academic Programs, and Communications). AEI internships are available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer to experienced undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required; however, most successful candidates have at least a 3.5 GPA. 

America's Future Foundation (AFF)

Deadlines:

Spring: January 3

Summer: May 1

Fall: September 5

AFFs Writing Fellows Program is a six-week program in which you will learn how to Learn how to pitch your work and build your portfolio, hone your writing skills in policy, opinion, and journalism, and make connections with nationally known writers and editors. Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions are available in Washington, DC or virtually. Sessions are held on Tuesday (virtual fellows) or Wednesday (DC fellows) evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm ET for six weeks and feature prominent editors and writers in small-group writing workshops. Food and beverages are provided during the in-person sessions. Alumni have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, National Review, Reason, Forbes, the Daily Caller, and many other publications. They have gone on to work as reporters and opinion writers at prominent media outlets, as staffers in the White House and on Capitol Hill, and as senior fellows at think-tanks.

Claire Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Deadlines:

Spring: November 15

Summer: March 15

Fall: August 2

The Center for Conservative Women offers paid, full-time fellowships for college women and paid, part-time internships for high school women during the school year and summer.

Working at the Center gives students the opportunity to interact with some of the top women in the conservative movement, raise awareness about alternatives to liberal feminism, deepen their understanding of conservative policy issues, attend conservative events around DC, receive media and public speaking training, and more. You will need to arrange your own housing. We provide a generous monthly stipend of $1,200. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email our Program Officer, Emily Langan, or call her at (888) 891-4288.

The Federalist Society

Deadlines:

Spring: October 1

Summer: February 1

Fall: July 1

Federalist Society interns assist staff as researchers, editors, and proofreaders. Interns work on the National Lawyers Convention and other Practice Group programs and attend various events. Administrative and clerical work is kept to a minimum, and interns will focus more on substantive work. Federalist Society internships are for undergraduates, graduate students, or law students who have a strong commitment to the belief that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. Students may apply for internships at our Washington, DC office for either the Fall or the Spring semesters. All internships are unpaid but may be completed for course credit through the student’s college or university. Below are the relevant due dates.

The Heritage Foundation (YLP)

Deadlines:

Spring: October 7

Summer: January 20

Fall: June 3

The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing and implementing outreach to younger audiences. The Young Leaders Program is a 12-15-week internship program that provides a full educational program while at The Heritage Foundation. Working up to 37.5 hours, an intern has the opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of fields by way of policy briefings, in-house mentorship, accountability of work, and a First Principles Series. If you have any questions specific to the internship, please contact internships@heritage.org.

The Hoover Institution (In D.C.)

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: January 17

Fall: TBD

The Hoover Institution in Washington’s internship program provides the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students to experience professional growth and acquire practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. The Hoover Institution in Washington accepts full and part-time interns each summer and academic semester for a 10-week period. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in internal meetings and assist with public events hosted in Hoover’s office. In addition to practical experience interns regularly attend events hosted by other organizations as well as congressional hearings and briefings where they can learn about relevant policy issues, see how these issues are integrated into the legislative process, and meet leading policymakers and prominent scholars.

The Leadership Institute

Deadlines:

Spring: December 20

Summer: April 10

Fall: TBD

The Leadership Institute’s intern program offers successful applicants the opportunity to work on projects of high responsibility in one of the Leadership Institute’s departments such as Grassroots, International Training, Campus Reform, Technology, Communications, and more.

In addition to a full workload, interns receive personal mentorship; hosting conservative leaders at private dinners, tours of the White House and Capitol Hill, access to LI trainings, and weekly book discussions. An LI internship includes: Free housing at the Sacher House, located a short, 10-minute walk from LI, $825 stipend per month, Free tuition to all LI trainings for one year, $200 book allowance to build your conservative library, Private dinners and lunches with conservative VIPs, Projects of high responsibility, Priority status in LI's Employment Placement Services. Applicants must have previously attended a Youth Leadership School program. For more information about the program, please contact Paul Alfonse, LI's Intern Coordinator.

The Manhattan Institute

Deadlines:

Spring: November 15

Summer: March 15

Fall: July 31

Manhattan Institute's internship program offers college or graduate students the opportunity to work in a range of policy research, communications, and fundraising roles. Our interns work independently and with MI staff, and often are involved in multiple projects simultaneously. MI entrusts interns with a great deal of individual responsibilities, and as a result, many interns have helped to shape aspects of the Institute's work. Eagerness to learn, exemplary organization skills, and strong interpersonal skills are essential traits in MI interns.

National Journalism Center (NJC) through YAF

Deadlines:

Spring: November 10

Summer: February 2

Fall: TBD

Since 1977, the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring journalists in the values of responsible, balanced, and accurate reporting. Weekly seminars and on-the-job experience provide participants with the tools to become leaders in combating bias in the mainstream media. Seminars include talks with prominent journalists and public policy experts, writing exercises, training in investigative reporting, audio and video training, and current events and policy discussions. Students are also provided a $1200 monthly stipend to put towards rent and transportation to their internship. The balance between hands-on experience and academic training gives students a competitive edge in the workplace after graduation.

U.S. Department of State

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: TBD

Fall: TBD

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program gives interns the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students a with 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. All interns must be granted a security clearance prior to being made a final offer.

White House Internship Program

Deadlines:

Spring: TBD

Summer: TBD

Fall: TBD

The Summer 2021 White House Internship Program term runs from May to August. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible. The White House Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Administration. 

Young America's Foundation

Deadlines:

Spring: December 4

Summer: February 3

Fall: August 1

Young America’s Foundation’s internship program provides useful and effective training for student leaders preparing for a career in the Conservative Movement. Students selected to participate in the highly competitive program receive unparalleled educational opportunities and benefits. Young America’s Foundation’s interns attend signature conferences and seminars, free of charge.  They hear from professors, Nobel Laureates, acclaimed authors, public policy analysts, and other dynamic speakers who help deepen their understanding of policy matters involving individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. Interns have the exclusive opportunity to introduce guest speakers, often before a national C-SPAN audience, at these programs. In addition to participating in conferences and seminars, interns learn invaluable skills working under the direction of our office staff. Our experienced staff oversees the training of interns in a number of areas, including policy research, analysis, and writing. Interns are provided with a $1,200 monthly stipend, but you must find your own housing and have access to a car. 

Academic Programs

Alexander Hamilton Society

Hamilton National Institute

Applications Due in February

The Hamilton National Institute is a one-week seminar-style course exploring the foundational framework of Hamiltonian studies. Comprising of two classroom sessions per day with leading AHS faculty, the National Institute will educate students in the first principles of strategic, defense, and economic policies and challenge students to think independently, creatively, and strategically about the challenges to America’s historic place in the world. This experience will be augmented by exposure to national security practitioners, AHS alumni and renown scholars. 

American Enterprise Institute

Summer Honors Program

Applications are Rolling Admissions

The American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Program is a series of educational and professional development opportunities in Washington, DC, for top undergraduate students. The program gathers students from diverse ideological backgrounds for substantive dialogue and debate about the most pressing issues facing the country and world. Each seminar features 20-25 students and is led by AEI scholars or other policy practitioners, including renowned economists and foreign policy experts. Outside of the seminars, students participate in policy briefings with distinguished guests, high-level networking events, and site visits in Washington. 

The Hertog Foundation

Political Studies & Summer Courses

Applications Due in February

The Political Studies Program is a highly competitive fellowship is designed to reflect the broad curriculum of the Hertog Foundation. Hertog Summer Fellows take courses in a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to contemporary public affairs, from economics to foreign policy. Students seeking a more specialized experience can apply to the courses within the Political Studies Program that best fit their interests and knowledge level. This option is also ideal for students who have other jobs, internships, or commitments during the summer. 

The Hoover Institution

Summer Policy Boot Camp

Applications Due in February

The Hoover Institution’s Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one-week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results. Using a highly interactive, tutorial- style model designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields. 

The Hudson Institute

Political Studies Program

Applications Due in February

Hudson Institute Political Studies offers top undergraduates a Summer Fellowship in political theory and practice that broadens and deepens understanding of public policy and American political principles. The Fellowship combines rigorous study of politics and political thought through week-long seminars led by master teachers, policy workshops featuring think tank experts and experienced government officials, and a distinguished speaker series of exemplary figures from public life. Hudson Institute Political Studies is hosted at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and lasts for six weeks. 

The Philos Project

Philos Leadership Institute

Applications Due in January

The Philos Leadership Institute is a heavily subsidized, 2-week summer program designed for twenty Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35 who have a serious interest in working in a field that touches on the Middle East. Each year, they seek out the most promising young leaders in policy, media, and activism on Middle East-related issues. During the program, participants engage in two weeks of lectures, tours, travel, and meetings with Middle Easterners from all ethnicities, religions, and nationalities. Alumni of the Philos Leadership Institute have gone on to work as staffers on Capitol Hill, cover Middle East issues as journalists, advocate on national campaign policies.