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Career and and Job Search Preparation information from the KU Career Center

Other internships:

Your own personal search for ‘internships’ is required for some of these sites. Do not just rely on the search box of each page, thinking that if you type ‘internships’ or ‘employment’ that they will miraculously pop up; sometimes maneuvering needs to be done. For a second option, click on the ‘contact us’ tab on the pages. When the folder pops up, many times there is an advertisement for internships. If that fails, search the site from top to bottom. About 95% of the time, there is an internship page (sometimes hidden very well).

I. Lobbies/Think Tanks

  1. Environmental Protection Agency (National Network for Environmental Management Studies)
  2. American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy Research -One of America’s well-known think tanks and others listed
  3. The Heritage Foundation
  4. Greenpeace
  5. National Organization for Women (NOW)
  6. Brookings Institution
  7. Individual Lobbying firms:

Check Pol Sci Reading Room for National Journal List of Major Lobbying Firms

II. Links

  1. International Relations Program (The Maxwell School):
    -Lists dozens of lobbies, think tanks, NGOs, etc. located in D.C. and around the world, from the Red Cross to CNN
  2. Young Republicans:
    -Provides links to other conservative and republican-affiliated organizations
  3. GOP Republican National Committee-Many links to different coalitions and lobbies
  4. Democratic National Committee -A VERY GOOD SITE FOR LINKS to many, many organizations

III.Campaign Finance Reform

  1. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  2. Center for Responsive Politics 

IV.Government Offices and Bureaus

  1. U.S. Supreme Court: Information and Application for the Judicial Internship Program
  2. Legislative Branch -Gives dozens of links and search engines within this branch of government
  3. Congressman Jerry Moran 
  4. Official US Executive Branch Web Sites -Another very good site location, listing every branch of the executive government plus their subdivisions. Does require searching within each branch site for internships, which isn’t difficult.
  5. Department of Defense
  6. White House Internships -need to specialize your search and then fill out the application.
  7. Presidential Council of Economic Advisors
  8. Department of Education
  9. American Bar Association -Very many links to all possible areas within the bar association
  10. Department of Energy
  11. Department of Transportation
  12. U.S. Department of Treasury -includes Secret Service, ATF, Mint, etc.

V. American NGOs and Non-profit Organizations

  1. North American NGOs index (Duke University catalog)
  2. Amnesty International

VI. Intelligence Agencies

  1. CIA-several different internships offered.
  2. Defense Intelligence Agency
  3. National Security Agency
  4. FBI

VII.Society and Health

  1. Department of Agriculture
  2. National Cancer Institute -No real application, just a letter and resume needed
  3. Center for Disease Control -different types of internships to choose from
  4. Food and Drug Administration
  5. Smithsonian Natural History Museum
  6. National Archives and Records Administration -not as boring as it sounds. Dozens of internships in different areas.


  1. Washington Post
  2. ABC Nightline
  3. National Public Radio
  4. US News & World Report
  5. C-Span

Lots of others – Washington Monthly, New Republic, CNN, etc. Google and go to web site

IX. Law-related internships, Washington DC

ACLU Washington Office
Attn: Intern Coordinator
122 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-1681
Accepts undergraduate interns on a full-time, volunteer
basis year-round for its legislative program and for the
Center for National Security Studies. Duties include
research, lobbying, attending hearings, etc. Send resume
and cover letter to apply.
Alliance for Justice
1601 Conn. Ave. NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3224
$175/week as part of Everett Public Service Program.
Interns are needed to work with the Civic Responsibility
Training Project. Alliance for Justice is a national
assoc. of public interest, environmental, women’s,
consumer, and civil rts. organizations.
American Bar Association
Attn: Intern Coordinator
740 15th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-1009
Some paid, some unpaid opportunities at the ABA for
undergraduates and law students in various legal centers
within the ABA. Application deadlines are rolling, but
decisions are likely being made by mid-April. Specific
opportunities in file.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Attn: Intern Coordinator
1100 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 1020
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 452-8310
ADL selects unpaid legislative interns each year to work
full-time as part of the staff on its programs and
issues. FAX: (202) 296-2371.
Christine L. Owens
Executive Director
Worker Options Resource Center
2001 S Street NW, Suite 430
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-9573
WORC is a non-profit workers’ rights/anti-discrimination
organization operating in D.C. Interns assist in policy
research, attend hearings, and perform various office
duties. Some limited stipends available.
Congressional Black Caucus
Attn: Intern Coordinator
1004 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6730
Paid internships open to undergrads. Apply to the
African American member of Congress with whom you are
interested in working by completing the application (see
file) and personal narrative (detailing your interests
and involvement). Send by April 1.
D.C. Government,
Criminal Division of the Office
of the Corporation Counsel
Attn: Internship Coordinator
451 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Room 220
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-4871
Student interns assist in all aspects of
preparing a case for trial (approx. 10 each summer).
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and
2 recommendations two months ahead
of the time you would like to intern.
DC Public Defender Service
451 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2775
451 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Room 220
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 628-1200
Summer interns serve as junior public defenders. One of
Princeton Review’s "Top 10" internships. Must have a
car. See file for application -- rolling deadline.
of the time you would like to intern.
Donald Salzman
Office of the Public Defender
27 Courthouse Square
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 279-1671
Internships during fall, spring and summer semesters.
Serve as criminal defense investigators, locating
witnesses, taking statements, collecting records, etc.
Must have a car & work 25 hours per week. Send cover
letter and resume to apply.
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Attn: Marianne Geers, Intern Coordinator
1015 Fifteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-1200
One or two interns per summer for Law and Society
Project, researching for articles/book manuscripts.
Send cover letter and resume to apply.
Georgetown University Law Center
Christine Depies, Investigations Supervisor
Criminal Justice Clinic
111 F St., NW
Washington, DC 20001-2095
(202) 662-9575
Voluntary internship program for undergrads,
working with criminal trial attorneys in investigation
field work for Criminal Justice Clinic for indigents.
Apply by April 15, but rotating acceptance policy
so better to apply early. Application in file.
House Judiciary Committee
Attn: Intern Coordinator
2138 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-3951
Both paid & unpaid (paid to law students).
Send letter, resume & desired dates of
internship to apply.
Justice Department Civil Rights Division
Linda Johnson, JMD Personnel Staff
Room 5216-Ariel Rios Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 514-3933
Applications for paid employment in clerk and
clerk/typist jobs are due by the end of February each
year. Submit resume, optional app. for fed. employment
(OF-612) or (SF-171), and transcript. Indicate "summer
Michael Helm
North Carolina Justice Academy
PO Box 99
Salemburg, NC 28385
(919) 525-4151
Located 25 miles east of Salemburg. Internship unpaid,
but interns are allowed free dorm housing and
reduced-meal rates. See file for specific opportunities.
Send resume, state app., 3 references to apply;
interview and background check follow.
Attn: Intern Coordinator, Edward H
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 1120
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 638-2269
Unpaid internships available for undergrads.
Send resume and cover letter.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
1025 Vermont Ave., NW
Suite 1120
Washington, DC 20005
Internships for law students only.
Attn: Intern Coordinator
1700 K Street, NW
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 466-6272
NCPC offers 5-8 paid and unpaid internships year-round
with students asisgned to one of the following areas:
Direct Services, Drug/Alcohol Abuse Prevention,
Licensing, Marketing, Program Development.
New York Legal Aid Society
Juvenile Rights Division
Ron Richter, Esq.
Asst. Director of Training
15 Park Row, 21st Floor
New York, New York 10038
(212) 619-3890
Intern investigators’ program started in the Criminal
Defense Division, now expanded to Juvenile Rights as
well. JRD represents children in child protective,
juvenile delinquency, etc. Application in file.
Rolling deadline. FAX: (212) 619-3890.
People for the American Way
Attn: Judy Green
2000 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 467-4999
People For is dedicated to freedom of thought,
expression and religion; equal justice under the law;
etc. Interns assist w/ research, writing, monitoring
programs, and tracking legislation. Everett Public
Service Program pays $175 per week.
The Legal Aid Society
Attn: Asst. Director of Training
15 Park Row, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 619-3890
General interns and investigator interns, trained to
prepare child protective cases for court, interviewing
family, social workers, etc. Preference given to those
who can work full-time (or part-time due to financial
need). Send application & resume.
The Legal Aid Society
Peter Lane, Intern Investigators Coordinator
80 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 602-5001
CDD provides legal representation to indigent people
accused of committing a misdemeanor or felony in New York. Interns serve as junior investigators.
Application in file. Rolling deadline.
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Personnel Operations Staff - Volunteer Internship
P.O. Box 65310
Washington, DC 20035-5310
Attention: Richard Parrish
(202) 514-2151
Interns (both undergrads and law students) assist in
research and writing drafts. Send resume & cover letter
(can submit brief writing sample). For summer,
application materials must be postmarked no later than
February 28.
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys
LECC/Victim-Witness Staff
600 E Street, NW, Room 7400
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 616-6792
Office assists the 93 U.S. attys. nationwide by
developing policies for Law Enforcement Coordination and
Victim/Witness Programs; also provides info. to senior
Justice officials. 2 interns year-round. Send resumes
and recommendations to apply.
U.S. Supreme Court
Judicial Fellow
Office of the Administrative Assistant
to the Chief Justice
Room 5
Washington, D.C. 20543
(202) 479-3415
2 internship opportunities each semester & during summer.
Interns work with Judicial fellows on legal research.
ant Pay is typically a $1,000 scholarship. By March 10 (for
summer), send a resume, transcript, statement, writing
sample, 3 rec’s, and essay.

Useful websites for seeking internships

AIP-- an overall site from UC-San Diego that lists lots of possibilities across various issue areas. As with many links, this one will get you to an agency or office site that will have an "internship" option.

Political Information This is a search engine within the political sphere. It’s simultaneously more limited and more focused that Google or other broader search engines.

 Duke University Political Science Internship Page contains over 350 organizations offering internships.

 Similar site at Bridgewater State University


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