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
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
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
Capital Area Food Bank
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.
Democratic National Committee Washington, D.C.
El-Hibri Foundation Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund New York City, NY
Gender Avenger Remote
Health Action Alliance Los Angeles, CA
Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C.
Indivisible Washington, D.C.
Integrity Initiatives International Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Washington, D.C.
Lead for America Chapel Hill, NC
Partnership for Public Service Washington, D.C.
Peace Corps Washington, D.C.
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia 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
Talloires Network Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Time's Up Washington, D.C.
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
United Community Housing Coalition/Michigan Legal Services (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Interest Careers) Detroit, MI