Scholarships and Internships

We believe that “doing” is one of the best educational methods for students. Therefore, we are continuously looking for internship possibilities for our students. Presently, UT Career Services posts internship opportunities here.

The UT Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships offers this listing: 4-yearOSSFPlan_2016-17. Visit their website for more information.

University Affiliated Programs

The following opportunities are offered through support of the Baker Center, Political Science Department, or other UT affiliated organizations.

The UT Political Science Department lists a number of internship opportunities here.

Two established Tennessee state legislative internship programs should be of particular interest to political science majors. The Tennessee State Legislative Internship Program is an officially sponsored program of the Tennessee General Assembly and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Legislative Internship program selects several legislative interns each year. Internships are full-time during the legislative session, and require residency in Nashville during the session. Each intern is paid a fixed stipend during the internship. Both programs require that students be either juniors or seniors. Information and applications for both programs are distributed early in the fall semester of each academic year. For information about either of these programs, contact Dr. David Folz at

2019 information is available here.

U.S. Congressional Internships

UT’s Leadership & Service Office presently offers this opportunity for summer internships in Washington, DC. Students are recommended for an internship and if selected by the Tennessee legislator, a stipend is provided to help with summer expenses. Contact Sally Parish for more information

Net Impact

Student organization dedicated to linking students to careers with positive and sustainable impact. Jobs and Internships Board information can be found here.

Non-Affiliated Programs

Listed below are a number of student opportunities not partnered with the Baker Center. Many of these internships are in the Washington, D.C. area and will prepare students for graduate school or professional careers. These internships are broken into four categories based on Baker Center and student focus areas: international relations and national security, energy and the environment, U.S. public policy and legal/advocacy.

Southern Education Foundation (SEF)

The SEF is excited to announce recruitment for the 2017 Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) has officially begun! We are looking for the best and brightest leaders across the South to participate in this paid 10-week summer fellowship opportunity, focused on improving education equity and social justice for all students. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Learn more about the SELI Experience, Eligibility Requirements & the 2017 Application! JOIN THE SELI WEBINAR DECEMBER 15! SEF is hosting a webinar for interested applicants, professors, and school leaders interested in learning more about the Southern Education Leadership Initiative Fellowship Experience.

An overview of the program, eligibility criteria, and application requirements will be provided. Additionally, 2016 SELI Fellows will discuss their work while in the program and time will be provided for Q&A from the audience.

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

This competitive 5 1/2 week long summer fellowship offers a select group of rising college juniors opportunities in Washington, DC and Mount Vernon, home of America’s first President. February deadline for 2016. Complete information here.

CSPAN Internships

Juniors and Seniors – $750 stipend at end of successful internship. Information can be found here.


View FBI Positions

FBI Internships offer undergraduate and graduate school students throughout the nation an exciting insider’s view of FBI operations, and provide an opportunity to explore the many career opportunities within the Bureau. The majority of interns will be assigned to FBI field office locations, and others will be assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia; or the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia.


Albright Stonebridge Group (DC- stipend) Interns are an integral part of the ASG team. Each year, we have three semesters for which we hire interns: * Spring (January-May) * Summer (June-August) * Fall (September-December). Although our needs can vary by the semester, we frequently seek interns with knowledge, experience and language skills relevant to: China; India; Latin America; Brazil; Africa; the Middle East; Europe; Health & Life Sciences; Energy, Environment & Natural Resources; Communications; and Operations, among other areas. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Information can be found here.

Eisenhower Institute (D.C., paid) – Affiliate of Gettysburg College. The Eisenhower Institute is home to both resident and non-resident fellows that have expertise in a variety of fields, including energy, nuclear nonproliferation, foreign relations, Middle East affairs, U.S. politics, the U.S. presidency, economics, international security, and environmental sustainability. Information can be found here.

Center for International Policy (D.C., unpaid) Foreign policy and national security think tank, specifically focusing on facilitating international peace and Latin American studies. Accepts interns for all semesters. Information can be found here.

U.S.-China Policy Foundation (D.C., unpaid) Dedicated to broadening awareness of China and US-China relations in D.C. Prefers students with travel experience in China and/or East Asia. Information can be found here.

Bridging Nations Foundation (D.C., unpaid) Non-profit, policy organization promoting US-China-India relations. Language skills not required. Information can be found here.

Foundation for Defense of Democracies (D.C., unpaid) Policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Major focus on democratization and counter-terrorism policies. Positions only for juniors in their spring semester. Information can be found here.

Organization of American States (D.C. or national offices, unpaid) Intergovernmental institution focusing on democracy, peace, and development in the Americas. Applicants must be proficient in two of the four official languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Information can be found here.

Center for Strategic & International Studies (D.C., competitive stipends) prominent D.C. think tank, conducting studies of international political, economic, and security issues. Specific focus on international relations, trade, technology, finance, energy, and geostrategy. Accepts undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates. Offer internships on rolling basis in all focus areas as well as region-specific focuses. Information can be found here.

Wilson Center (D.C., unpaid) Independent research organization. 80-90 interns at any given time. Most research areas focus on international realtions and global leadership. Information can be found here.

International Rescue Committee (Global) The IRC focuses on rescue work related to refugees and post-conflict development throughout the world. Many internships available in different career tracks. Internships listed under jobs page. Information can be found here.


City of Washington, D.C. – District Department of the Environment offers a variety of paid and unpaid internships for undergraduates. Information can be found here.

Sierra Club (unpaid): Variety of positions in environmental policy/advocacy

  • San Francisco Information can be found here.
  • DC Information can be found here.
  • NYC Information can be found here.

BlueGreen Alliance (D.C., unpaid) Think-tank partnership between national environmental organizations and labor unions to create sustainable economy and clean energy. Information can be found here.


Women’s Policy, Inc. (D.C. unpaid)

Interns will be involved in the organization of Capitol Hill briefings and events, the writing of WPI’s weekly newsletter, The Source on Women’s Issues in Congress, which covers legislative action important to women and their families, and other relevant projects in the office. Duties will vary week by week, depending on the needs of WPI. Information can be found here.

Aspen Institute (D.C., paid) International nonprofit focused on leadership and the dialogue of contemporary policy issues. Offers multiple internships, primarily in DC. Information can be found here.

Legacy For Health (D.C.) Public health and tobacco policy. Hires for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Undergraduates only. Does not list pay. Information can be found here.

Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Internship Program (D.C., paid and unpaid) Pairs undergraduate and graduate students with leading public policy organizations working on fiscal issues. Hosts have included: Brookings Institution, Kaiser Family Foundation, National Governors Association, Urban Institute, and many more. Information can be found here.

City of Austin Management Fellowship (Austin, TX, paid) For recent MPPA students who have completed all required courses. Year-long program. Departmental rotations with City Manager, Budget Office, and another selected department. Information can be found here.

Bipartisan Policy Center (D.C., paid and unpaid) Center devoted to bipartisanship, works on key challenges facing the US. Offers internships in many policy areas. Fall/Spring internships are unpaid. Summer internships are full-time and paid. Information can be found here.

Americorps (Entire U.S., paid) National service institute; find service opportunities based on your interests and preferred location. Information can be found here.

Teach for America (Most U.S. states) Mission to eliminate educational inequity by placing college graduates in low-income community schools for two years of service. Information can be found here.

American Public Health Association (Washington, D.C., unpaid) Offer undergraduate and graduate internships in public health policy, global health, and injury and violence prevention. No stipend available. Information can be found here.

Alliance for Health Reform (Washington, D.C., stipend available) Health policy organization focusing on health care politics and economics. Great experience for students looking to serve in legislative staffs and government offices. Modest stipend available. Information can be found here.


Lambda Legal (NYC, offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, unpaid) LGBT advocacy group that has historically been at the forefront of the LGBT rights movement. Pursues litigations in employment discrimination, housing, HIV/AIDS related discrimination, and public policy issues. Applicants should have a strong commitment to social justice and civil rights issues, particularly those affecting the LGBT community. Information can be found here.

National Immigrant Justice Center (Chicago) Offers a variety of internships to law students and undergraduates providing legal services and advocacy for low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Proficiency in Spanish or French is generally required. Information can be found here.

National Council on Independent Living (Washington, D.C., pays travel expenses) Hosts 2 internship programs advancing the philosophy of Independent Living and related organizations. Advocates for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities in the United States. Although not a requirement, preference is given to applications with disabilities. Information can be found here.

American Civil Liberties Union (NYC/D.C., stipend) Nonprofit, civil liberties advocacy group. Information can be found here.


Internships. Information can be found here.

Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) provides opportunities for summer internships for college students and other individuals. While CNCS does not provide a stipend for summer internships, we offer a rich opportunity to gain substantive work experience in an assigned unit. If interested, please send your resume to the email address listed in the position description. Internships are available to United States citizens only. Please check the link above periodically. New positions will be posted as they become available.

  • External Affairs Intern. Information can be found here.

  • Government Relations Intern. Information can be found here.

  • Research and Evaluation Intern. Information can be found here.