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 6th deadline.

FORMAT: As of December 2021, the IOP is anticipating being able to support in-person internships in summer 2022; however, the IOP is also prepared to adapt summer programming if necessary. Additionally, each host organization has been asked to indicate their ability to support an in-person internship. The types of internship formats (in-person, remote, hybrid, etc) a host organization is able to support will be noted at the beginning of each individual host organization description. More information is available in the Director's Internship FAQs page

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: After the IOP application closes on Sunday, February 6 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 note that only students who are selected as finalists will be asked for these materials. You can review the internship descriptions (below) for the positions to which you are applying to confirm whether additional application materials may be required of you AFTER the application deadline. NOTE: You DO NOT need to submit these additional application materials to the IOP application on CARAT. 


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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.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
Capital Area Food Bank Washington, D.C.
Cato Institute Washington, D.C.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
Civic Nation Washington, D.C.
Cook Political Report Washington, D.C.
Echelon Insights Washington, D.C.
El-Hibri Foundation Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund Washington, D.C.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Washington, D.C.
Government Accountability Project Inc. Washington, D.C.
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
House Democratic Caucus Office Washington, D.C.
Indivisible Washington, D.C.
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, D.C.
Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service Washington, D.C.
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
Pew Research Center Washington, D.C.
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, D.C.
Republican Governors Association Washington, D.C.
Rise Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Defense Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of State (Domestic - PRESELECT) Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of the Treasury Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Washington, D.C.
United States Conference of Mayors Washington, D.C.
Vote Early Day Washington, D.C.
Voto Latino Washington, D.C.
World Bank - Community Outreach Program Washington, D.C.