Throughout this summer, we will be spotlighting the summer experiences of our IOP students working in politics and public service through their internships across the country and globe.
The Director’s Internship program has been a signature of the Institute of Politics for nearly 25 years and each summer the IOP works with more than 150 government offices, non-profits, and news organizations to provide internships for students who are looking to pursue careers in politics and public service. The IOP also offers summer stipends for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors accepting non- or low-paying summer internships in local, state, or federal government, public interest groups, non-governmental organizations, political organizations, and political campaigns.
This summer, as in years past, many of those students will be spending their summer working in public service of all kinds - including non-profits, NGOs, and more.
Benny Paris '21 is spending his summer interning with The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
What inspired you to choose this public service internship?
My Catholic faith inspired me to pursue politics from a conservative point-of-view. As someone who wants to serve the mission of political conservatism, I knew that The Heritage Foundation was a great force for promoting the values of tradition, order, liberty, and virtue, for the common good.
What issue do you hope to focus on in your internship?
I really hope to focus on the philosophical origins of political thought and policy preferences, especially when it comes to the classical answers to modern and post-modern fights about rights-talk and social justice.
What are you most excited about working in public service and government?
I am most excited about having an impact on the country, both publicly and in a more “behind-the-scenes” capacity.
What are you hoping to learn and to get out of your internship experience this summer?
I am really hoping to learn how Washington works, both from my experience of it and from the insiders and experts I’m meeting along the way.