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