Internship Opportunities

Fruth Summer Internships in Economics for Public Service
The FruthSummer Internship is an offer for financial support for economics majors and minors taking internships with non-profit organizations and in government. The program is supported through the generosity of Terry Fruth to help students as they seek to apply economics and quantitative training in the service of the public. The deadline for the 2015 application is February 27th.

East Central Area Labor Council
The East Central Area Labor Council is seeking a Political Organizing Intern to support their political program in support of labor-endorsed candidates. Interns will report to field staff. Support recruiting volunteers, staffing phone-banks and door knocks, educating union members and the general public about 2014 elections, working with community partners, and local labor leadership. Internships are offered summer into fall semester. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Casey Hudek.

Environment Minnesota
Each year, Environment Minnesota and Environment America hire recent college graduates with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values. The early application deadline is February, 16th. 

National Bureau of Asian Research 
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Public Affairs and Communications Intern for its Washington, D.C., office, to support activities that interact with Congress, the media, the corporate sector, the diplomatic community, and the Obama administration. This unique experience provides exposure to a range of NBR research and programs, as well as introduces the intern to NBR's network of scholars and stakeholders. Interns will learn how to effectively communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers, the media, and the corporate community, as well as help contribute to the policy-relevance of NBR's work.

Capital Fellows Programs

These programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.
Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor's degree (in any major) by September 1, 2014 and a demonstrated interest in California state government and public service. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome. For the 2014-15 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of February 10, 2014.

City of Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis Office of Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) is looking for a full-time, temporary intern. The position is for up to six months starting in January 2014. It is designed to provide an opportunity to a recent graduate from undergrad or graduate school. Successful applicant will work closely with Intergovernmental Relations staff as they advocate for the City of Minneapolis' legislative agenda at the state legislature. Applicant should have an understanding of the Minnesota State Legislature and an interest in legislative/local government policy issues.

Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action is looking for enthusiastic students or recent graduates who are willing to work hard advancing the goals of Clean Water Action. You will assist with research and analysis on a project focusing on global warming impacts on Minnesota's water. This research will serve as the basis for materials and briefings for elected officials, candidates for office and other public audiences.
Minnesota International Center
MIC is part of a national network of similar organizations that work to educate ordinary citizens on global issues and connect them with international people and cultures. MIC coordinates globally-focused learning opportunities for people of all ages, bringing the world into homes, schools, workplaces and communities throughout Minnesota. Internships are offered for Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.

The Florida State University Summer Program for Undergraduates

The 23rd Annual Summer for Undergraduates Program will take place May 19- June 12, 2014. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 28, 2014.
The Summer for Undergraduates Program at Florida State Law is the largest of its kind and has become a model for other law schools nationally. Approximately 60 undergraduate college students will be chosen from the applicant pool to participate in the four-week long program.

Institute for Humane Studies
George Mason University offers a variety of internship programs for students who wish to intern at public policy think tanks in their home states. This fellowship also involves two weeks of training in Washington.

Roosevelt Summer Academy
The Roosevelt Summer Academy is a paid fellowship program that combines a full-time internship with a training curriculum and weekly networking events as part of an integrated program of leadership development. We bring new, diverse, and progressive voices into the political process. The program runs for nine weeks, in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Senator Franken
The intern program in Senator Franken's office strives to fully immerse the interns in the legislative process. Interns will be paired with a legislative assistant who matches their issue area of interest, and will assist this staffer with policy research, as well as attend committee hearings and other Senate events. They will be a vital component of keeping the office functional, by assisting with the constituent mail process and managing the front desk.

Senator Klobuchar

Each year opportunities are made available for bright and dynamic college students to view, first hand, the workings of government. Senator Klobuchar's aim is to introduce interns to public service and the legislative system. Interns will leave with a diverse experience and skills that can be applied to whichever future endeavor the intern chooses to explore.

The Whitehouse Internship

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. 

One Day One Internship
For additional internship information, and daily offers, sign up for a newsletter through One Day One Internship. This site is designed for college students and recent grads to help connect them with internships in any field.

About this list

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement lists political internships without regard to political affiliation.
While some of these deadlines may have passed, this list provides a sample of available internship opportunities.  

If you are aware of an internship which may interest students at CSB/SJU, please contact Matt Lindstrom at  

Also, look for information on the CSB/SJU Political Science Department's Washington D.C. Summer Internship Program