Generally, internships with federal and state government agencies are advertised. Agencies often have internship programs that continue from year to year. Internships with senators and members of congress may or may not be advertised. Contact the office of the person for whom you are interested in working. You may also want to investigate Cornell's Urban Semester Program, for undergraduate study and research in professional settings in New York City, focusing on multicultural issues in urban affairs; the Capital Semester Program, a full semester of course credit with a paid internship in a New York State legislator's office; and the White House Internship and other government programs.
Internships at the local government level may be advertised, but it may also be possible to generate an internship with municipal or county government. Contact the particular department you are interested in, discuss your interests, skills, and how these might fit with the department's needs, and make an internship proposal. As with searching for nonprofits in a given location, employ your favorite internet search engine to find sites: government, plus the name of the city or state (for instance, government, Detroit, MI).
Once again, to identify opportunities, check the CCS Library, your college career office, and listings on Handshake, as well as Government Internship Links below. Seek out Cornell alumni through LinkedIn and networking events who can help you with advice and information about government careers.
The following online resources should also help you in your research:
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- ACCESS, Networking in the Public Interest
Nonprofit employment clearinghouse, with internship and job listings, and nonprofit career advice.
AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs.
- Century Foundation Summer Internship
A nonprofit progressive think tank with headquarters in New York and an office in Washington. Interns will work for 10 weeks during the summer with the foundation's program staff, providing research, writing, and administrative assistance, at the New York office. A strong background in economics or political science is preferred, along with a passionate interest in the field of public policy.
- City Hall Fellows
A 12-month, paid, position for graduating seniors. The fellowship "integrates hands-on experience working within the highest levels of local government with intensive training in how cities work." Fellows will be placed in 3 cities: Houston; San Francisco; and Baton Rouge.
- City Year
City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.
City Limits is a New York City-based nonprofit news agency that publishes investigative and in-depth reporting on urban life and policy. They work to strengthen community engagement on civic, economic, and social-justice issues. Post NYC jobs in both nonprofit and government.
- Cornell in Washington
Fall and spring programs are full-credit and have a major internship component. Summer program involves credit and an internship. Both are in Washington, DC.
- Cornell Summer Program in Washington, DC
The Summer in Washington, D.C. program, co-sponsored by the Cornell in Washington Program and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, is open to undergraduates at any college or university who have completed at least the freshman year.
- Department of Energy Scholars Program
An opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education. Sophomores - grad students. Internships last ten weeks during the summer; up to 16 weeks throughout the appointed semester. There are locations in 14 states.
- ECO Jobs
Nonprofit and Government career information, internships, and job postings in the environmental field. Great variety.
- Environmental Internships
Provides links to many environmental internship offerings, from foundations to government.
- Federal Agency Directory
An extensive list of agencies and links maintained by the LSU Libraries.
- Federal Government Student Jobs
Database of federal internships and jobs, searchable by major/field of interest, federal agency, compensation, location, and key word. Helpful for both students and recent graduates.
- Federal Internship Directory
Search federal internships by major, field of interest, federal agency, location, year in college, compensation, and key words.
A database of the nearly 88,000 local government employers in the U.S.—cities, counties and towns. Use it to identify offices and agencies that you would like to contact in fields such as health, finance, recreation, environment, science, arts, education, and much more.
- Florida Jobs and Internships
Search by region for internships offered by the State Government.
- Foreign Service
Information on careers in the Foreign Service. Register here for the Foreign Service Officer test.
Political and campaign jobs and internships with the two major political parties + Washington, D.C. information - events, articles and links.
- Hispanic Association of College and Universities National Internship Program
They offer paid 10 to 15-week internships with federal agencies and private corporations. Must be undergraduate or graduate student. Deadline for spring internship is mid-November. For summer internship with U.S. Intelligence Community deadline is end of October. For summer internship with federal government and corporate partners, deadline is end of February.
- House of Representatives Employment Opportunities
Provides vacancy announcements, a directory of House members, and links to other Capitol Hill employment resources.
Internship and job listings with nonprofit organizations; nonprofit career advice, and Idealist-sponsored nonprofit career fairs.
- Internships - USA
The Internship Series provides full, up-to-date information on over 2,800 organizations offering internships and summer jobs for students. To access these listings use the following login information: Username: Cornell Password: GoBigRed
- J.W Saxe Fund Network/Resources for Public Service
The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund provides scholarships annually to one or more undergraduate or graduate students working in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job during a summer or other term.
- Koch Fellow Program
The Koch Fellow Program uniquely combines policy work experience with professional education. Through the program, fellows are connected to policy and research roles at more than 80 think tanks and non-profit organizations across the country, as well as directly with professors. Alongside this in-depth work experience on a variety of federal and state issues, fellows undertake a rigorous curriculum of market-based policy analysis, participate in professional education seminars, and engage in theoretical discourse on the ideas of a free society. Paid with deadline mid-November.
- Making the Difference
Describes federal jobs by career fields, including art, business, biology, education, international relations, law, public health, social science, and social work. Also, links to federal internships, explains how to apply for internships/jobs, and profiles federal workers.
- Mayoral Fellowship Program (Providence, RI)
A full-time, 10-week summer program. Fellows work with a department head on a city government issue to see how the City functions on a daily basis, as well as learn how long-term goals and policies are constructed. Must have completed four semesters of college.
- Mel Watt's (D-NC) Federal Government Internship List
Listing of internship opportunities available to undergraduate, graduate, and law students within the federal government.
- National Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs
The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. Deadline in January.
- New York City Government Internships
City government internships allow undergraduate and graduate students to make important contributions to the City while participating in a challenging and rewarding work experience.
- New York City Public Service Corps
The New York City Public Service Corps (NYCPSC) is a placement agency in Manhattan that helps Cornell Federal Work-Study (FWS) eligible students find employment with certain non-profits and city agencies/departments in the five boroughs of New York. The application allows you to specify several career-related work areas of interest and rank your preferred work locations. Cornell requires that you also submit a resume with the application, to assist the agency in identifying a position relevant to your interests and experience. Students are paid an hourly rate based on class year. You must submit an online application by late April or early May. Visit 103 Barnes Hall for more information.
- New York City Urban Fellows Program
For recent graduates to gain meaningful work experience in NYC public policy, urban planning and government operations as they consider careers in public service. Nine month duration.
- New York State Department of Civil Service
NYS employes > 18 million people. This site lists jobs at both the state and local level.
- New York State Senate Fellowships
NYS offers full-time fellowships each year. In most cases, Fellows must be full-time matriculated graduate students in an accredited university during the immediate previous spring and fall semesters. Most are in a senator’s office, one is in the Majority Press Office (pr/communications-oriented) and one is with the Senate Finance Committee (finance oriented).
- Office of Personnel Management
The official source for Federal jobs and employment information.
- Partnership for Public Service
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.
- Partnership for Public Service's Where the Jobs Are
Their internship directory includes information on more than 200 federal internship programs and is searchable by agency, eligibility, and location.
- Peace Corps
Contains information on becoming a volunteer, background on the organization, "Domestic" information and more.
A temp agency specializing in work on the Hill. Member of the American Staffing Association.
Competitive internship and fellowship programs as well as externally peer reviewed grant programs bring students and scholars from universities, museums and research Institutes from the U.S. and abroad to the Smithsonian Institution to maximize the use and research potential of its vast collections and facilities.
- The Electronic Embassy
Index of foreign embassies in the US; international business and trade information; maintained by TeleWeb, Inc.
- The Washington Center
Offers internships and academic seminars for all majors in Washington, DC.
- The White House 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. Spring, Summer, and Fall internships available.
- Think Tank Organizations
A list of think tank organizations
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Research and public health internships in HHS, NIH, and other federal agencies.
- U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State Internships. Some student work in Washington, DC and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
Sponsored by EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in EPA's regional offices and laboratories throughout the USA. Projects are specifically narrow in scope, allowing students to complete the fellowship while working full-time at EPA during the summer or part-time during the school year. Must be undergraduate or graduate student at time of fellowship.
- United States Senate Placement Office
Assists Senators and Senate Committees with filling positions. Links to Senate Employment Bulletin and Senate Employment Application Form.
The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics:
- Visions in Action
Visions in Action is an international development organization based in Washington, DC with field offices in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Liberia. VIA implements its own development programs in the areas of food security, education, international exchange, and HIV/AIDS, while also providing volunteer programs for those looking for a long-term international experience in developing countries.
The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer, and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
- White House Fellows
White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and be working in their chosen professions, early in their careers.
- Work for Congress.com
Draws jobs and internships from a dozen sites and listserves and presents them on this site. Small monthly fee.
- WREI Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy
For graduate students with a proven commitment to equity for women. WREI Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C. Fellows receive stipends for tuition and living expenses.
- ACCESS, Networking in the Public Interest