Getting involved early is key to a successful career in politics. Read more about the robust offering of political programs for young people across the nation.




Program Information

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD & Coca Cola Summer Internship Program

The AAPD & Coca Cola Summer Internship program is open to college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are looking to gain hands-on professional experience at Coca-Cola’s offices in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. 

Interns are provided with a living stipend, travel to Washington, DC for orientation, and a mentor who will assist them with their career goals.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD Summer Internship Program

The AAPD Summer Internship Program places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with disabilities in summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area.

Interns are compensated with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD Federal IT Summer Internship Program 

Through support from Microsoft AAPD is able to fund two IT internship positions for college students and recent graduates. These interns are part of the regular Summer Internship Program class and participate in the same activities, but are specifically placed within information technology (IT) departments of federal agencies.

The Federal IT Summer Interns receive mentorship, a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.

Brookings Institution


The Brookings Institution’s Internship Program provides students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. Three types of internships are offered: paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

CBC Internship Program

CBCF’s internship programs prepare college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates by exposing them to the processes that develop national policies and implement them – from Capitol Hill to federal field offices.

Program participants receive housing, a stipend, office placements, and other opportunities.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

C-Suite Internship Program

The new C-Suite Internship Program partners undergraduate and postgraduate African-American students with some of the nation’s top executives in the private sector to experience how public policy is influenced and developed at every level of the process. Internship opportunities are available in public relations, finance, business, economics and real estate.

Program participants receive housing, a stipend, office placements, and other opportunities.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Congressional Internships

CHCI’s Congressional Internships are designed for students to gain experience in a congressional office. Interns receive a stipend, domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC, housing, and academic credit.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Graduate Fellowship Program

The Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for graduate students.The fellowship program is for Latinos who want to pursue a future career in public service. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to exercise your public policy knowledge.

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)

Global Leaders Program

CHLI’s Global Leaders Program is a 15-week, semester-long internship program for college juniors and seniors featuring for-credit coursework at a local university and placement in Congressional and corporate legislative affairs offices in Washington D.C.

Interns receive academic credit, a monthly living and transportation stipend, housing, airfare to/from Washington, D.C and other opportunities.

Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute

Victory Congressional Internship

The Victory Congressional Internship takes place over the summer and prepares young LGBTQ undergraduate students to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who can change their communities and our world. Housing is covered and monthly stipend is available.

Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute

Victory Empowerment Fellowship

The Victory Empowerment Fellowship is a year-long program for LGBTQ leaders of color and/or transgender leaders who seek to expand their campaign skills and policy-making power and join a strong cohort of movement leaders from across the country.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

HACU National Internship Program

The HACU Internship Program is an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to gain hands-on work experience. HACU internship positions are paid, and interns are also provided with housing, and travel expenses.

Morris K. Udall Foundation

Native American Congressional Summer Internship Program

The Udall Internship places enrolled college students (including graduate and law students) and recent graduates in congressional and federal agency offices to learn about how the U.S. government works with Native nations. Participants receive housing, a living allowance, educational stipend and transportation to and from Washington, D.C., 

Society of American Indian Government Employees

National Training Program Youth Track

SAIGE’s Youth Track program is open to Native American students between the ages of 18 and 25, who are enrolled in high school or college. Youth Track gives students an opportunity to learn about careers within the Federal Government. SAIGE offers scholarships to attend the Annual National Training Program. 

Partnership for Public Service

Public Service Internship Program

The Public Service Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to contribute to the Partnership’s mission while developing valuable professional skills.

Full-time and part-time interns are compensated. Housing not included, applicants must be willing to relocate to Washington, DC for the duration of the term. 

Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI)

Summer Scholar Program

The Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI)’s 2020 Summer Scholars Program (May 24- August 1, 2020) provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need to learn about federal higher education policy in the nation’s capital.  Fully funded, the program provides scholars with accommodations, a metro card, a move-in stipend, an hourly wage, and transportation to and from Washington D.C. at the start and end of the program.

Running Start

College Programs

Running Start’s College Programs include day-long training and semester fellowships for young women interested in increasing their leadership capacity via   a nonpartisan lens. Tuition fees are not included. See website for application and more details.

The Washington Center

The Córdova & Fernós Program

The Cordova y Fernos Program is a fully funded 15-week internship opportunity for Puerto Rican students that gives students first-hand experience in Washington, D.C. Students are responsible for airfare, living expenses and local transportation. 

The Washington Center

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship

The FAIT Fellowship open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing and IT-related degree. As a FAIT Fellow, students receive substantial financial support, mentoring, and professional development from the U.S. Department of State.

United Nations Foundation

Internship Programs

The UNF offers  internships to college students for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Internships are posted about two months prior to the start of each semester. Check website for details.

White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans


Internship Opportunities

The White House Initiative’s year-round Internship program provides college students with an opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach. This is an unpaid internship opportunity and interns will be required to secure their own housing while in Washington, D.C.

White House 

A Public Service Leadership Program

The White House Internship is a public service leadership program that is open to current college students. The internship provides students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. More information about the program is available online.

Young People For (YP4)

YP4 Fellowship

The Young People For (YP4) Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program for young people committed to creating positive social change in their communities. Fellows represent diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and approaches to social change, and they are working on many different progressive issues on campuses and in communities across the country.

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