Undergraduate Opportunities
and Internships

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   This page offers a collection of organizations that offer summer internships and employment for students--most are for undergraduates, but a few are for graduate students. Many of my former students have gone through these internships and some former students work for these organizations. The descriptions below are generally copied directly from the websites of the respective organizations.

Public Policy

1. The White House Internship Program (Public Leadership Progra): semester long interships in the fall and spring.
    All applicants must be 18 or older and U.S. citizens. Approximately 100 students are selected for each program.
    Fax application materials to Ann Gray, the White House Intern Coordinator at 202-456-7966. Applications and instructions
    Deadline for fall typically in late June.
Deadline for spring typically about Oct. 15.

2. The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)  Public Policy Internships.
    a. Summer internships related to careers in public policy analysis and professional development located in Washington, D.C. About 32 summer fellows work with top policy experts, journalists, academics, and your peers studying critical issues of public policy. The summer includes:
    * An  internship at one of Washington DC's many research organizations developing market solutions to today’s policy problems.
    * Policy analysis and career development seminars.
    * Weekly speakers on a variety of topics.
    * A $2,000 stipend, furnished housing, and travel expenses.
Deadline typically about Jan. 30.

    b. Many week-long summer seminars dealing with a variety of topics at universities around the US.

3. Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program: The organization's mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. Its seven-week summer institutes are held at Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, University of Michigan, and California Berkeley and provide intensive training in policy, quantitative, communication, and leadership areas.
    Application deadline is typically March 1.

4. DC Internships: provides many summer internships in Washington, DC in international affairs, journalism and communication, public policy and economics, service and community leadership, business and government affairs, leadership and the American presidency, and legal studies. The internships are held in conjunction with Georgetown University.

The Witherspoon Fellowship sponsors interdisciplinary internships in Washington, DC
    The Witherspoon Fellowship is a civic and cultural leadership development program for college juniors, seniors, or recent graduates. Our educational philosophy and pedagogy are modeled after the traditional academic fraternity. By coupling personally directed interdisciplinary studies with hands-on professional experience in public policy research and advocacy, the Fellowship offers a dynamic Washington, D.C. learning environment to qualified students.
    Students selected for the program participate in seminars covering a range of disciplines related to public life including theology, philosophy, ethics, politics, history, art, and architecture. The rigorous program demands about 300 pages of reading per week. During the course of the semester each student writes twenty-four papers (four for presentation and defense). Additionally a project designed to integrate the program academics and public policy internship is required.
    All students admitted to the program receive free housing and a generous stipend to offset living expenses.

6. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) at Georgia State University is seeking applicants for its annual 7-week undergraduate Summer Policy Internship Program. The program is targeted towards rising seniors with interest in policy questions.
    Application packages are typically due about March 10. 

7. The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its promotes informed policymaking on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas. Social insurance encompasses broad-based systems for insuring workers and their families against economic insecurity caused by loss of income from work and the cost of health care. NASI's scope covers social insurance such as Social Security, Medicare, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, related public assistance, and private employee benefits.
Typical Deadline: March 15
    Salary: All three
are 12-week summer semester internships and have a salary stipend of $2,000.
a. Washington Internship Program seeks 10-12 outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students to serve as interns on social policy research and policy analysis projects in Washington, DC. Students studying business, economics, gerontology, journalism, political science, public policy, health policy, social work, actuarial science, or related subjects are encouraged to apply. This is a  that usually begins the first week in June.
Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship seeks about 5 outstanding graduate and upper division undergraduate students to serve as interns on aging and long-term care policy projects in Washington, D.C. Students studying economics, gerontology, political science, public policy, health policy, social work, actuarial science or related subjects are encouraged to apply. The Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship is designed to recognize qualified students and provide them a challenging learning experience. This internship, compared to the Washington Internship on Social Insurance, focuses on aging and long-term care issues and is more research oriented.
    c. Nathan J. Stark Internship on Non-Profit Development: This internship opportunity to learn about nonprofit Boards and fund-raising, is based at the National Academy of Social Insurance or a similar not-for-profit organizations such as the National Health Policy Forum and the Association for Academic Health Centers. Whenever possible, NASI will assist a student in arranging college credit for the summer experience.

8.  The Roosevelt Institution is the first national student think tank. It was created to connect students' ideas to public policy. It publishes an online journal of public policy and has a UGA Chapter.

9. UGA Washington Semester Program.
    Each fall and spring up to 20 UGA students have the opportunity to work, live, and study in Washington, DC. You will earn at least 12 hours of credit and work approximately 30 hours per week in an internship.

10. The Heritage Foundation Summer Internship: "Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow".
    The Heritage Foundation was founded "to formulate and promote conservative policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense." It offers internships in the fall and spring for 30 students per semester. Its summer intership is a ten-week program for 60 students.
    This program introduces innovative undergraduate and graduate students to the policymaking process and encourages them to become active and effective participants in public affairs. During the summer tours are arranged to places like the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, and the Pentagon. Applicants must be rising juiors or older. Recent college graduates and masters-level students are encouraged to apply, as well as international students who are authorized by the INS to be employed in the US and possess a valid work visa.
    The Johnson Building Intern Housing is available during internships. Summer interns are paid about $300 per week and work full time. Spring and fall interns received a daily stipend.

    Application Deadline
        Summer: Feb. 1.
        Fall: July 1
        Spring: Nov. 1
Dates typically go from about June 4 - Aug. 10.

11. Foundation for Economic Freedom
    Has many 5-day summer seminars for college students. Fee offers scholarships. Its seminars examine current public policy issues and are throughout the summer--often in Atlanta.
    Application deadline is typically March 25.


1. Political Economy Research Center - 1 Week summer conference addressing environmental issues
    This annual, week-long conference for undergraduates focuses on property rights solutions to natural resource and environmental issues. National experts on environmental issues will teach the course.
    The conference is located in beautiful Bozeman, MT. Accepted students will receive a full scholarship, which covers seminar tuition, meals, lodging and materials. PERC also contributes a $500 stipend for each student's travel expenses.
    Each student is responsible for preparing a proposal for environmental policy reform and presenting it to the group. The last day of the seminar is set aside for student presentations.
    The conferences are usually in the third week of June (in 2013: June 17-22) and are limited to 25 students.
    For more information, call PERC, (888)406-9532, follow the above link to PERC's homepage, or talk to me.
    Deadline typically about Mar. 12.

Economics and Religion/Morality/Liberty/Freedom

1. Acton Institute Conference - "Toward a Free and Virtuous Society"
    Intensive three-day seminars that offer an introduction to the principles of liberty-both personal and economic. These conferences focus on the role of religion in laying the moral foundation for a just society and the corresponding role of freedom in securing the conditions under which religious conscience can be free. They explore the nature of the human person and the created order from the perspectives of Scripture and natural law, examining concepts such as justice, equality, stewardship, and virtue. Furthermore, they examine the concept that a free society is one that offers the possibility of maximizing human productivity and the opportunity for virtuous choice.

2. Independent Institute - "Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars"
    1-week seminar usually in late July/early August. Seminar explores principles of markets and the philosophical foundations of freedom and natural rights.
    Location: San Francisco/Oakland. Scholarships available.

1. Center for Global Development. Frequently hires spring and summer interns who will gain exposure to many leading experts in a range of development policy areas, such as economic growth, foreign aid, international health, and climate change. The center is both an academically rigorous environment for those considering doctoral-level studies in economics and policitical science and a dynamic collegial organization well suited for those considering a career change in nonprofit or political work related to development. The CGD also hires graduates for a number of junior staff positions (research assistants and program coordinator positions).

2. Innovations for Poverty Action
    Organizes research and efforts to reduce poverty acoss the world. IPA offers internships and summer research projects.

3. Poverty Action Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Institute run by some of the leading scholars of economic development in the entire world. Integrate academic research with poverty alleviation and do research to determine the efficacy of policies.

Journalism and Media

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)  Public Policy Internships (Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program).
    a) The IHS Journalism Internships - a great opportunity to gain superior reporting skills. They include:

    * A nine-week internship in a Freedom Communications newsroom.
    * A $2,000 stipend, housing allowance, and travel expenses.
        Deadline typically about Jan. 30.

    b) Film and Media Production Internships
    * A ten-week internship in Los Angeles.
    * A $2,000 stipend, housing allowance, and travel expenses.
        Deadline typically about Feb. 15.

    c) IHS Summer Seminars --  IHS offers about 11 free seminars between June and August each summer. These seminars generally range from about 3 days to a week, and provide many opportunities to examine specific political and social issues in detail. Examples of seminars that are typcially offered include: environment, globalization & human rights, globalization & poverty, liberty, and arts and culture. Deadline typically about March 30.


1. American Bar Foundation Summer Research Fellowship for Minority Undergraduate Students Pursuing a Career in Law and Social Science.
Typical Deadline: February 25
    The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest minority undergraduate students in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.   
    The Foundation conducts empirically-based research on a broad range of civil and criminal justice issues. Current research areas include: patterns of civil litigation and their causes, professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the U.S. and abroad, the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities, the influence of family and environmental factors on juvenile delinquency, jury decision-making, hate speech and its regulation, public interest lawyering and social reform, historical analyses of labor and regulatory law, and the role of law in struggles around racial relations and colonialism. The Foundation's research is conducted by a multidisciplinary resident staff of Research Fellows with academic training in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history and anthropology.
    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, sophomores or juniors, must have a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and must be moving toward an academic major in the social sciences or humanities.
    Four summer research fellowships will be awarded each year. Each student will be assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Fellow who will involve the student in the design and conduct of the Fellow's research project and who will act as mentor during the student's tenure. The students also will participate in a series of brown bag lunch seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of sociolegal research. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation's offices in Chicago, IL for 35 hours a week for a period of 10 weeks. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600.
    Contact: Summer Research Fellowships for Minority Undergraduates, American Bar Foundation, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 988-6580, Email: fellowships@abfn.org


1. The Independent Institute - "2005 Olive W. Garvey Fellowships" Since 1974, the W. Garvey Fellowship program has awarded fellowships biennially to outstanding college students around the world through a competitive essay contest on the meaning and significance and significance of economic personal liberty.

2. The Central European University (CEU) Summer University (SUN) program hosts research-oriented, interdisciplinary workshops on policy issues for students in the social sciences. SUN has one and two-week programs that are taught by international faculty. Financial aid is available. The application deadline is typically about February 13. You may apply online.

3. The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
    This annual summer undergraduate intenship program takes place from about June 8 to Aug. 14 and is designed for students who are interested in empirical research. Students must have completed their sophomore year of college, have strong written and verbal communication skills, and experience working with a statistical package like Stata or SASS.

4. The Center for Public Justice--summer institute only for doctoral students.

5. Institute d'Economica de Barcelona (IEB) Summer Institutes
    Hosts summer programs (usually two weeks long) for students interested in graduate work in economics.
    Deadline typically about Mar. 20.