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. 


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 Service and Engaged Scholarship) Atlanta, GA
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute) Washington, D.C.
Capital Area Food Bank Washington, D.C.
Center for Civic Innovation (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Atlanta, GA
Civic Alliance Los Angeles, CA
Civic Nation Washington, D.C.
El-Hibri Foundation Washington, D.C.
Environmental Defense Fund Washington, D.C.
Gender Avenger Remote
GLAAD New York City, NY
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
Odyssey Impact (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) New York City, NY
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
Sierra Club Remote
Tobin Project Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
United Community Housing Coalition/Michigan Legal Services (Co-sponsored with the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship) Detroit, MI
United Nations Association of Greater Boston Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA
Vote Early Day Washington, D.C.
Voto Latino Washington, D.C.