APSA supports political science students in their professional development by highlighting relevant internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Organizations interested in sharing their internship opportunity through APSA, can submit a request here.


APSA Internship Resources

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

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.

Submit an internship opportunity for Political Science students here. 

Internship Databases

The following is a collection of non-APSA internship programs databases and search engines.  

  • The House of Representatives Employment BulletinFull listing of all open positions, including internships, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Open positions in committees are also included in the bulletin. 
  • IdealistA resource for finding internships in non-profits, both in the U.S. and internationally. 
  • Internships.comA student-focused internship marketplace, bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one place. 
  • Global JobsA job listing site, including internships, for foreign affairs positions in NGOs, think tanks, government and the private sector. 
  • The Senate Employment BulletinFull 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.
  • USAJobsThe 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. 

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Summer InternshipsThe Center seeks highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students (including law), as well as recent graduates, in the following areas for full-and occasionally part-time paid internships: Media, Federal Legislation, Health Policy, Housing Policy, Food Assistance, National Budget and Tax Policy, Outreach Campaigns, State Fiscal Project and Welfare Reform and Income Support Division (see internship descriptions). 
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation InternshipsCongressional 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 InternshipThe 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 StudiesThe 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 ProgramThis program offers a unique internship experience for students to develop their personal, educational, and leadership skills.  Opportunities 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 ProgramThis 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 ProgramThis program is designed to provide Native American college students with experience in the legislative process, congressional matters, and governmental proceedings. 
  • National Academy of Social InsuranceThe 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 InstitutesThe 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.

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