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Internship Opportunities

ASU SCETL students are encouraged to arrange their own internships in consultation with the SCETL internship program. SCETL is also available to assist students in determining which internship is best for them and making applications to legislative offices in Washington DC and in state District offices.

For additional information, to discuss internship opportunities, and for assistance with internship application materials (resumes, personal statements, etc.), students may consult with the Internship program team led by Carol McNamara, SCETL Associate Director for Public Programs.

You can contact Carol by emailing carol.mcnamara@asu.edu or by calling (480) 965-0270.

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U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience in a federal agency setting, and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.

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The Baker-Dole Internship Program

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.

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State Department Critical Languages Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Internship

CHCI Congressional Interns learn firsthand how the legislative system works, spending four days each week working on Capitol Hill. Usually, interns are placed with a member of congress who serves a district in their home state performing meaningful work:

  • responding to constituent inquiries
  • writing policy briefs
  • conducting legislative research on issues such as education, health, foreign affairs, defense, science & technology, and many more
  • attending congressional hearings and policy briefings

On programming days, interns will have a full day centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture. During these weekly sessions, participation in discussions surrounding issues that affect the Latino community will help interns explore a variety topics while building strong relationships that can help throughout their career. CHCI’s curriculum is centered around a graduate-level non-credit public policy course taught by The George Washington University Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy.

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Mi Familia Vota

Mi Familia Vota (MFV) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that unites Latino immigrant and allied communities to promote social justice through increased civic engagement. Our mission is to provide Latinos and New Americans with a voice in our country’s democratic process.

MFV offers internship opportunities to motivated and passionate individuals who are interested in engaging and mobilizing the Latino community. Our Research and Data Interns will gain experience in the quickly growing field of data and voter engagement and will be a part of a powerful movement to increase the Latino vote in 2018.  Students of all educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send their resume to be a Research and Data Intern at Mi Familia Vota to Lorena Rivera at lorenar@mifamiliavota.org  



Arizona State University State Legislative Internship Program

SCETL credit is available for the AZ State Legislative Internship program

For more information: https://spgs.asu.edu/student-life/internships/arizona-legislative-internship-program

Program Supervisor: Dr. Tara Lennon, tara.lennon@asu.edu


Brookings Institution

The Brookings Internship program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.  Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy.  Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. Brookings offers three types of internships - paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship.

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Cato Institute

Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Most Cato interns work primarily as researchers for our policy scholars. Individual department placements include defense and foreign policy, healthcare policy, constitutional studies, and numerous others. Other interns work in communications oriented roles, including media relations, external affairs, and video production.

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Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation offers an internship program that provides a full educational program while at the Heritage Foundation. Interns have 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.

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American Enterprise Institute

Interns at AEI have the 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. There are research opportunities in fields such as Economics, Health Care, Poverty Studies, Foreign and Defense Policy, Education, Politics and Public Opinion, Society and Culture. There are business opportunities with the Executive Office, Development, Government Relations, External Affairs, Media Relations, Video Production, Accounting, Academic Programs, and Communications. Internships are available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute offers two programs for students: the ISI Honors Program and ISI Graduate Fellowship Program.

ISI Honors Program

This includes a weeklong summer conference where you will explore the West’s traditions of liberty. Through the course of the academic year, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a professional mentor and to attend special weekend seminars.

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ISI Graduate Fellowship Program

These fellowships are for students who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program. They grant up to 15 awards, ranging from $5,000-$15,000.

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The Institute for Humane Studies

Fellowships for graduate students are designed specifically for previous participants in IHS programs. They provide intensive mentorship and generous funding. There are two fellowships available:

Humane Studies Fellowship

This is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year to support current or future students in PhD programs. As a fellow, you will receive individual academic advising as well as guidance, resources, and access to a passionate and supportive community of scholars dedicated to the advancement of classical liberal ideas.

*Must be enrolled in a PhD program for the upcoming academic year and have a research interest that contributes to liberty-advancing scholarship

Summer Graduate Research Fellowship

This is an invite-only program for graduate student alumni of other IHS programs, such as the Summer Seminars. This program runs from late May to early August, and includes opening and closing weekend conferences for Fellows to present and discuss their research. Fellows also receive mentoring and get to interact with a community of scholars.

*Must be an alumni of a IHS program

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The Hudson Institute

Undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates have the opportunity to work with Hudson researchers in policy areas such as Campaign Reform, Economic and Employment Policy, Middle East Studies, Philanthropy and Civil Renewal, National Security Studies, and Science in Public Policy.

  • At least 15 hours per week
  • Fall, winter, spring, and summer internships are available each year

Click here to see if there is a specific internship that you would like to apply to. If not send an email to internships@hudson.org with a cover letter, resume, and your area of interest.

Hertog Foundation

The Hertog Foundation offers 2 highly competitive programs for undergraduates and recent graduates. Students can apply to both programs simultaneously with one application.

Political Studies Program

Fellows take courses in a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to contemporary public affairs, from economics to foreign policy. Fellows get to choose their Summer Courses.

  • Political Thought and Philosophy
  • War and Foreign Affairs
  • Economic and Domestic Policy

Summer Courses

These are an opportunity for students who want a more specialized experience to apply to the courses within the Political Studies Program.

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