Director's Internships

The Director’s Internship is a signature program of the IOP. Since 1995, the IOP has partnered with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduate students interested in politics, government, and public service. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills. 



DEADLINE: Students may apply to a maximum of TWO Director’s Internship positions before the February 7th deadline.

FORMAT: In light of the ongoing public health crisis, the IOP is arranging internships that are able to be conducted remotely. At this point, we assume all summer 2021 internships will be conducted remotely.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: After the IOP application closes on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET, some host organizations may request that finalists submit a letter of recommendation, writing sample, or other materials directly to their office. Please review the internship descriptions (below) for the positions to which you are applying to confirm whether additional application materials are required of you AFTER the application deadline. NOTE: You DO NOT need to submit these additional application materials to the IOP application on CARAT. 


Titlesort descending City Industry
270 Strategies Chicago, IL
ABC News - Political Unit Washington, D.C.
Advancement Project Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Washington, D.C.
Americans for the Arts Washington, D.C.
Amnesty International Washington, D.C.
Angel City FC Los Angeles, CA
Black Voters Matter Fund (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers) Atlanta, GA
Boston Globe Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
Capital Area Food Bank
Cato Institute Washington, D.C.
Center for American Progress Washington, D.C.
Center for Civic Innovation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers) Atlanta, GA
Civic Alliance Los Angeles, CA
Civic Nation Washington, D.C.
CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS New York City, NY
Column Washington, D.C.
Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH) Manchester, NH
Cook Political Report Washington, D.C.
Councilor Michelle Wu - Boston Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Crooked Media Los Angeles, CA
Democratic National Committee Washington, D.C.
Deviant Content, Inc. with Dr. Eric Cervini Los Angeles, CA
Echelon Insights Washington, D.C.
El-Hibri Foundation Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund New York City, NY
Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) - MA Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Washington, D.C.
Gender Avenger Remote
Global Situation Room Los Angeles, CA
Health Action Alliance Los Angeles, CA
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
Hometown Director's Internship Various
Indivisible Washington, D.C.
Institute of Politics (Harvard Votes Challenge & New Frontier Awards) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Integrity Initiatives International Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, D.C.
Lead for America Chapel Hill, NC
Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service Washington, D.C.
Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Mayor Francis Suarez - Miami, FL Miami, FL
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms - Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA
Mayor Lori Lightfoot - Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Mayor Melvin Carter - St. Paul, MN St. Paul, MN
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF)
National Health Service, Strategy Group, England (Co-Sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) London, England
National Review New York City, NY
Neighborhood Defender Service - Detroit (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers) Detroit, MI
New Mexico Office of the Governor: State Personnel Office Santa Fe, NM
New York City Economic Development Corporation New York City, NY
New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice New York City, NY
New York City Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics New York City, NY
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom - CA Sacramento, CA
Office of Governor Larry Hogan - MD
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Office of the Michigan Secretary of State Detroit, MI
Office of the New York State Attorney General New York City, NY
Office of the Virginia Attorney General
Parliamentary Internship: Conservative MP for Havant, Alan Mak London, England
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra London, England
Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves London, England
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
Prolepsis Athens, Greece
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.
Republican Governors Association Washington, D.C.
Rise Washington, D.C.
Robin Hood New York City, NY
Sanctuary for Families New York City, NY
Social Finance Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
STAT (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
State Senator Eric Lesser - MA Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Talloires Network Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Time's Up Washington, D.C.
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Defense Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Baltimore, MD
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of State (Domestic - PRESELECT) Washington, D.C.
United Community Housing Coalition/Michigan Legal Services (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers) Detroit, MI
United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C.
World Bank - Community Outreach Program Washington, D.C.