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Full descriptions of the following Internship Opportunities are available in the Internship Files located at the St. Ben’s and St. John’s Career Resource Centers.


ONGOING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. These organizations offer internships year round or every summer. Check the listing for details.

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. Don’t overlook these organizations who’ve offered internships in the past. If you find an organization that interests you, check their website or contact them directly for information about current opportunities.



Advocacy Institute- Washington, DC                                   ON-GOING
The Advocacy Institute offers paid, full-time summer and semester-long internships. Work on social change advocacy efforts through our two programs: the Capacity Building Program-building advocacy through facilitated exchanges, and the Tobacco Control Project- helping to build an effective tobacco control movement by developing the capacity of community-based tobacco control leaders to advocate effectively for strong tobacco control policies. Applicants should be undergraduates or recent graduates looking for experience in the areas of tobacco control or leadership development for social change advocates. Successful candidates must have a devotion to progressive public interest issues, excellent writing, communication, and computer skills. Compensation for this internship is $6.25 per hour.

The American Security Council – Washington, D.C.               ON-GOING
The American Security Council (ASC) and the ASC Foundation are both bipartisan and non-profit educational institutions which were formed in the 1950s.  Both groups advocate strong national defense, human rights, democracy and free trade.  The foundation is offering unpaid internship positions on an ongoing basis.  The intern will assist both organizations with substantive research and writing assignments.  Students should be either undergraduate or graduate students interested in foreign policy, national security and international trade issues.  Free housing near the U.S. Capitol will also be provided.  For more information go to the website below or contact Robert Spiro.  
CONTACT:  Robert H. Spiro, Jr.
ADDRESS:  Capitol Hill Student Center
              American Security Council Foundation
              1239 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
              Washington, D.C.  20003
PHONE:     (202) 546-5200
FAX:          (202) 546-2100
E-MAIL:     [email protected]

Amnesty International – Washington, D.C.                                       ON-GOING
Amnesty International is looking for a Legislative Intern. The Intern would assist Advocacy Directors who monitor human rights developments in one of four regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe/Middle East. The duties of this intern would be to: answer requests for human rights for information from government officials and the public; participate in projects that document and/or combat human rights violations; attend congressional hearings; compile materials from Amnesty reports for briefing government officials, congressional aides and others; attend meetings with representatives of other organizations concerned about human rights; review newspapers daily to keep abreast of current events. Amnesty develops campaigns, which educate and motivate human rights activists on a selected human rights concern or country where significant human rights abuses are taking place. Interns assist Campaign staff in designing educational materials and campaigning tools that are distributed to AIUSA groups nationwide. Interns will also assist in logistical support for meetings and events that take place in the course of major campaigns or smaller campaign initiatives.

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Public Policy Intern - $500 stipend                  
Description:  Under the guidance of the Public policy Director, the Public Policy Intern will assist with strategic organizing and coordination of our grass-roots Citizen Advocate Program.  This position will be focused on preparing advocacy efforts prior to the opening of the legislative session.  This internship can be arranged for credit and is based at the Association office in NE Minneapolis with travel to communities across the state for trainings and organizing activities. This internship will appeal to students with experience or knowledge of disability issues and/or experience with the legislative process, students pursuing a degree in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy or related fields.
Responsibilities and Qualifications:  Conduct grassroots activities, promote Brain Injury Association policy priorities, provide analysis and recommendations regarding community organizing and policy advocacy strategies, represent the Brain Injury Association in a professional manner, coordinate Brain Injury Association of Minnesota’s Action Alerts, previous knowledge/experience of disability issues and/or experience with the legislative process, interest in advocacy for persons with disabilities, excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
EMAIL: [email protected]

Central Minnesota Legal Services – St. Cloud, MN                ON-GOING
Central Minnesota Legal Services is seeking a legal intern for their Volunteer Attorney Program. The mission of CMLS is “to provide in a highly professional manner basic legal needs of families and children vulnerable to abuse, violence, neglect, homelessness, or major economic disruptions in their lives”.  The intern will work closely with the coordinator of the program and conduct client interviews, draft letters, and provide information for private attorneys.  The position is unpaid and offered during the summer, fall and spring semesters.  Applicants should possess an interest in and concern for the rights and needs of low-income individuals, and have their own transportation.  Please send a resume and cover letter to the contact below. 
CONTACT: Sarah Shella-Stevens
ADDRESS: Central Minnesota Legal Services
              PO Box 1598
              St. Cloud, MN 56302-1598
PHONE:    (320) 253-0138 or (800) 622-7773
FAX:         (320) 253-9208
E-MAIL:    [email protected] 

Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs – Washington D.C.        ON-GOING
Five Washington, D.C. internships with CNFA were brought to our attention by an alum, Don Phillips, SJU ’99.  The opportunities are in  the areas of Agribusiness Partnership, New Business Development, Small Enterprise Development, Special Events Planning, and Communication and are open to juniors, seniors and recent grads.  There is a $1,000/month stipend.  For more information about these opportunities visit the CNFA website at and follow the link for Internships and Employment.  Don Phillips is not the contact for these internships, but he is willing to answer questions from students.  His email address is: [email protected].
EMAIL: [email protected]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Washington D.C.      ON-GOING
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a non-profit and non-partisan educational organization was established in 1978 by members to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. CHCI offers educational and leadership development programs and services and activities that promote the growth of its participants as effective professional and strong leaders.  The organization’s summer internship program provides 30 undergraduates from across the country the opportunity to spend two months in Washington, D.C. working for a member of Congress, getting a “behind the scenes” look at how the U.S. government functions.  Interns receive a $2,000 stipend, roundtrip transportation, and housing in a university dormitory.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Isabel Huerta at the phone number below.  The application deadline for this opportunity is January 31.
CONTACT:  Isabel Huerta
ADDRESS:  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
                911 2nd St. N.E.
                Washington, D.C.  20002
PHONE:     (202) 543 1771
FAX:         (202) 546-2143

Congressman Kennedy’s Office – Washington, DC       ON-GOING
: The office of Representative Mark Kennedy offers an internship program giving students an opportunity to observe and participate in the workings of the United States House of Representatives. Interns are an essential part of the office and the internship offers opportunities to assist staff in the areas of legislative research, press, administrative support, and constituent service activities.
Responsibilities: Interns can expect to spend at least half of their time handling routine administrative duties and the other half on more extensive activities. We encourage our interns to take advantage of opportunities to attend hearings, special seminars, and other events to make the most of their internship. Our goal is to offer the most rewarding experience possible, while fulfilling the existing needs of our office.
Application Process: Students can fill out information requested on the website or they may contact:
CONTACT:      Elisa Aglieco (Scheduler and Intern Coordinator)
PHONE:        202-225-2331, Fax: 202-225-6475
EMAIL:        [email protected], Website:

Conservation Career Development Program- Arlington, VA             ON-GOING
The CCDP is recruiting semester long and summer interns at federal agencies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and at field sites across the country for the Department of the Interior's Diversity Intern Program. This program provides an opportunity for ethnically diverse and disabled college students to experience the variety of careers in the federal sector. Possible placements include: accounting/finance, biology-wildlife/fisheries, business administration/marketing, communications, computer science, data management, ecology, human resources, journalism, natural resource management, natural/environmental sciences, outdoor recreation planning, project management, public policy and administration, public relations and outreach, and research. Interns will receive stipends, insurance, and travel expenses determined by class standing. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed the first year of college.

Corp. for National Service Internship Opportunities - Washington, D.C.   ON-GOING
The Corporation for National Service is a federal government corporation whose mission is to engage Americans in service that addresses the nation's education, public safety, environmental, and other human needs. They administer AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and the National Senior Service Corps. Internships are offered in a variety of areas, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply.

Council for the National Interest – Washington, DC               ON-GOING
The Council for the National Interest (CNI) is an organization with the Executive Branch in order to promote U.S. policies consistent with their national interest. CNI has internship positions available all year, open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Interns usually work a minimum of 20-hours a week, and a travel stipend is available to help with commuting costs.

Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) –St. Cloud, MN                      ON-GOING
Interns with the local Democratic Party will have the opportunity to learn about and gain experience in political organizing during and off-election year.  The local DFL Party provides interns with valuable experience in grassroots/field organizing, media/communication, volunteer coordination, event preparation, policy research and meeting coordination.  Intern responsibilities may include communication with and responding to supporters, conducting legislative research, performing data entry, attending political events, traveling with elected officials and assisting the local party with various projects.  This is an unpaid opportunity.  The intern should have effective communication skills and the ability to commit a minimum of eight hours per week for at least a three month period.  To apply, call or email Scott Wells using the information below.                 
CONTACT: Scott Wells, SD 15 DFL Chair
PHONE:     (320) 240-6511
EMAIL:      [email protected]

Education Sector - Editorial Coordinator – Washington D.C.                            ON-GOING
Description:   Education Sector is an independent education think tank. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan, both a dependable source of sound thinking on policy and an honest broker of evidence in key education debates. We produce original research and policy analysis and promote outstanding work by the nation's most respected education analysts.
Responsibilities:   coordinate the production of the Education Sector’s policy, research, and opinion products, including product design, production and distribution.  Will work closely with the research and policy team to develop an ongoing publications schedule and handle all aspects of production.  The coordinator is directly responsible for managing production and publication timelines, editing, copy-editing, and proofreading, desktop and Web publishing, and printing.  The coordinator will work either hands-on, coordinate other staff persons, or manage vendors and contractors.  This position reports directly to Education Sector’s Chief Operating Officer as well as a variety of other team players.
Application Process: - Applying for this Position: If you are interested in interning with Education Sector, please e-mail a resume and writing sample, along with a cover letter or e-mail explaining your interest in interning with Education Sector and dates of availability, to [email protected] (subject line: "communications internship").

The Fund for American Studies – Washington, D.C.              ON-GOING                
Georgetown University in partnership with The Fund for American Studies offers a program that combines two courses for academic credit with internships, site briefings and a series of lectures by prominent experts.  The program gives students real-life experience, life-changing contacts, and an exclusive look at the world “Inside the Beltway.”  The institutes involved with the program include:  Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems, Bryce Harlow Institute on Business and Government Affairs, and the Institute on Political Journalism.  Brochures and applications are available in the Career Resource Center.  The application deadline is March 15.
CONTACT: Peter Van Emburgh
ADDRESS: The Fund for America
             1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW
             Washington, DC 20009
PHONE:    (800) 741-6964

HECUA – St. Paul, MN                                                        ON-GOING
Since 1971, HECUA has sponsored off-campus educational experiences focused on social justice issues.  HECUA sponsors internships for students who are especially interested in peace and justice, sociology, political science, social sciences, history, philosophy and language.  Internships are both semester-long and January term programs.  The programs feature field experiences that advance civic involvement, seminars that examine the tough issues surrounding social justice and social change and an interdisciplinary approach that links program themes and diverse topics.  Additional information about these opportunities is available on the web site below.|
CONTACT:  Michael Eaton
ADDRESS:  2233 University Ave. W Suite 210
               St. Paul, MN  55114
PHONE:     (651) 646-8831
              (800) 554-1089
FAX:          (651) 659-9421

House of Representatives – St. Paul, MN                             ON-GOING
The College Internship Program gives undergraduates and post-graduates an opportunity to become involved in the legislative process of state government.  Interns work directly with legislators and staff members to assist in performing essential duties of the House of Representatives throughout the entire legislative process.  Interns assist the legislative process in a variety of ways.  They conduct research on specific issues, monitor and report on committee meetings for legislators, research and draft responses to constituent inquiries, and summarize reports or bills.  Other duties include: conducting opinion surveys; writing press releases; assisting with mail and telephone contacts; or making contacts with other legislators, administrative personnel, and lobbyists.

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) – Washington, D.C.  
Description:  The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is a policy research and strategic gaming organization within the National Defense University serving the U.S. Department of Defense, its components, and interagency partners. The Institute provides timely, objective analysis and gaming events to senior decision makers and supports NDU educational programs in the fields of international security and defense policy. Through an active outreach program, including conferences, international exchanges, and publications, the Institute seeks to promote wider understanding of emerging international security challenges and defense policy options.
Responsibilities:  Interns provide support in the areas of research, gaming, publications, conferences, and communications. Research can include compiling and distilling journal articles, news, and other current literature. Gaming support can include researching scenario material and assisting in game logistics. Interns support NDU Press by editing article submissions, and providing publication market analysis and customer service.  Interns may be asked to assist with projects from web graphic design to site analysis. Interns are also enthusiastically encouraged to attend national security-related events at the university and in the Washington, DC.
Qualifications:  INSS internships are available for graduate and undergraduate college students enrolled in accredited U.S. universities and colleges. Applicants must have excellent writing and research skills. Applicants from all fields of study who have these skills will be given equal consideration. These internship opportunities are particularly appropriate for students in the fields of International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, Publishing, Marketing, and History.  
Application Process:  Application deadline is April 28.  All applicants must apply by e-mail. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring directorate. The application should include a cover letter (the e-mail message itself will suffice), a resume, and a writing sample. The cover letter should include any regional or topical areas of particular interest to the applicant, and applicants are encouraged to review the INSS web site ( ) to gain familiarity with INSS's mission areas. 

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – Minneapolis, MN                  ON-GOING
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life has ongoing internships all year. As an intern you will be part of the pro-life movement and you will also develop professional skills in a dynamic environment. Interns will assist in a number of departments: Chapter Development, Legislation, and Communications. A small stipend is available.

Minnesota State Senate - St. Paul, Minnesota                        ON-GOING
:  Senate internships that will expose students to the legislative process and to the internal workings of a specific Senator’s office. Intern will be assigned specific duties by the Senator for whom they work.   Internship in effect during legislative session only.
Responsibilities:  Keeping a journal of work done, arranging meetings, taking notes at meetings, writing letters and memos, writing reports, doing research, etc.
Requirements:  Knowledge of Word software, basic understanding of Legislature/political behavior/Legislative process.
Application ProcessNOTE:  Applications must be returned as soon as possible, preferably no later than November 9.  Interviews will be scheduled shortly after.  Students will be notified of placement by early to mid-December.   Application forms only available in the CSB/SJU Internship Program Office. 
Further inquiry about internship to:
CONTACT: Scott Magnuson, Intern Coordinator
              Minnesota State Senate
              231 State Capitol 
              75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
              St. Paul, MN  55155 
PHONE:     1-888-234-1112

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Minneapolis, MN             ON-GOING
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter is a nonprofit organization registered in Minnesota. Right now the Multiple Sclerosis Society has many different internships available.   One of the internships that is available is a Legislative Assistant. The intern would be responsible for coordinating grassroots lobbying activities, including planning advocacy training, educating members about public policy issues, and mobilizing members to contact their legislators.

Norm Coleman – St. Paul, MN and Washington, DC                       
St. Paul, MN Office
Description: The Minnesota State Office of United States Senator Norm Coleman is recruiting internship candidates. Senator Coleman offers 3 intern sessions per year: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-May) and Summer (June-August) session. These unpaid internships will offer exceptional “hands on” experience working directly with Senatorial staff. Internships available include: Regional Affairs, Casework, Communications, and Administrative.
Requirements: Ideal interns will be personable, organized, independent student leaders wanting an opportunity to learn. Internships can be credited or non-credited and have flexible schedules. Application Process: Please send in a resume, cover letter, and application indicating which semester student would like to intern. Materials can be faxed to number below or call contact below for more information.  Application can be found at website below.
CONTACT:         Barbara Palmateer
PHONE:            (651) 645-0323
FAX:                (651) 645-3110

The Office of Congresswomen Betty McCollum –St. Paul, MN        ON-GOING
The Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum is seeking energetic and proficient interns for her Washington D.C and St. Paul offices.  An internship will provide valuable experience to students as they prepare for their professional careers.  Interns have the opportunity to work with and assist all members of staff, including legislative, administrative, outreach and press duties.  Intern responsibilities include: supporting administrative staff, assisting casework staff in helping constituents resolve problems and navigate federal bureaucracies, compiling local news clips and distributing to district and D.C. office staff, and promoting constituent outreach efforts through communication with constituents and constituent groups, attending meetings and events and drafting correspondence.  Internships are offered both on a part-time and full-time basis.  The intern will be responsible for transportation and housing.  If interested, applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references and/or letters of recommendation to the Office of Congresswomen Betty McCollum.                                                            
ADDRESS:   Office of Congresswomen Betty McCollum
                Attn: St. Paul Internship Coordinator
                165 Western Ave N., Suite 17
                St. Paul, MN 55102
PHONE:      (651) 224-3056
ADDRESS:   Office of Congresswomen Betty McCollum
                Attn: Washington, DC Internships Coordinator
                165 Western Ave N., Suite 17
                St. Paul, MN 55102
PHONE:      (202) 225-1968

Office of Governor Tim Pawlenty- St. Paul, MN                            ON-GOING
Fall and Spring
Communications Department Intern
The Governor’s Communications Department is offering an internship program that will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience by working in a challenging professional environment that offers exposure to public policy and behind the scenes look at the interaction between media and the Governor’s Office.
Responsibilities: The intern will assist the Governor in communicating his programs, priorities, and views to citizens of Minnesota.  The intern will issue press releases, schedule press conferences, release the Governor’s public schedule, and announce appointments.
Qualifications: This internship will be for 4-months offered every fall and spring semester to undergraduate students.  A minimum of 12 hours per week is required.  Previous office experience and computer skills are needed, along with maturity and excellent communication skills.
Application Process: Please email or fax the application to Tom Erickson.  Applications can be found on the following website:
CONTACT:   Tom Erickson
               Communications Department
               Office of Governor Tim Pawlenty
FAX:           (651) 296-0056
EMAIL:      [email protected]


Project Vote Smart (PVS) – Philipsburg, MT                     ON-GOING
Project Vote Smart was created to defend citizens from the often abusive and manipulative tactics of today’s campaign and elected officials, and is supported by over 2000 public libraries and media organizations.  The project is considered the nation’s preeminent source of accurate, abundant and relevant information on over 40,000 elected officials and candidates.  The PVS internship provides a unique opportunity to become involved in American politics.  Interns play a crucial role at PVS and make up the vast majority of the staff.  To qualify, the intern must set aside personal and political beliefs, be objective and non-partisan while working, be in good academic standing, and be able to commit to 10 consecutive weeks.  To apply, send a completed application, cover letter, resume, and minimum of three references to the internship coordinator.  Applications can be found online at
CONTACT:     Internship Coordinator
ADDRESSS:    Project Vote Smart
                  One Common Ground
                  Philipsburg, MT 59858
PHONE:        (406) 859-8683
EMAIL:         [email protected]

Minnesota Private College Council/Fund

Resources for the Future (RFF)  Summer Internship Program - Washington, DC                      ON-GOING       RFF is an independent nonprofit organization specializing in research; policy analysis; and public education on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues.
Description:  Interns can expect to work with one or more RFF researchers on a variety of ongoing projects or assist in the development of entirely new areas of research adn policy analysis. 
Responsibilities:  RFF will post a list of anticipated research projects for summer on the internship opportunities web page ( by mid-January.  Students should consult that listing before applying to determine suitable background for those areas.
Qualifications:  Open to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.  Priority consideration is given to graduate students.  Open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, provided the latter have proper word and residency documentation.  Highly motivated candidates in the social and natural sciences with training in economics and quantitative methods, or with keen interst in public policy are encouraged to apply.  Candidates should display strong writing skills and a desire to analyze complex environmental policy problems amenable to interdisciplinary methods.
Application process:  No application for required.  Students applying for the internship program should send application package via e-mail to [email protected] by March 1st with 1) a cover letter specifying project(s) fo interest - reason for choice(s), related class work adn experience, etc., 2) a resumer, and 3) a recent transcript (unofficial acceptable),and a brief writing sample (3-5 pages of recent paper-excerpts are acceptable).  In addition, please provide name, address, phone number, and e-mail information for two references.  Students will receive electronic notification fo receipt of application materials.  Candidates selected for a position will be notified by mid-April. 
CONTACT:     Internship Coordinator
EMAIL:          [email protected]
PHONE:         (202) 328-5008

Sierra Club North Star Chapter – Sierra, Minnesota               ON-GOING
The Sierra Club North Star Chapter works through the legislature to achieve change in environmental policy, and works with conservation directors to engage university and college communities in environment public policy issues.  The legislative intern position will be responsible for developing a strong public presence in critical legislative districts and implementing media and public education strategies within legislative districts.  The intern requires the following skills: interest in political process, strong writing and verbal communication skills, proficient computer skills, and commitment to environmental issues and ability to follow through on goals.  This position is unpaid and is ongoing.
CONTACT: Heather Cusick
PHONE:    (612)379-3853
EMAIL:      [email protected]

St. Cloud Area Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) - St. Cloud     ON-GOING
Description: Interns will have the opportunity to learn about and gain experience in political organizing during an off-election year. The local DFL Party provides interns with valuable experience in field organizing, media/communications, volunteer coordination, event preparation, policy research, and meeting coordination. This unpaid opportunity is flexible with intern’s schedule, but interns must be able to commit a minimum of 8 hours/week for at least a month.
Responsibilities:  Includes communication with and responding to supporters, conducting legislative research, performing data entry, attending political events, traveling with elected officials, and assisting in local party projects.
Requirements: Interns must be willing to help perform a wide variety of duties.  Effective communication skills and the ability to work with volunteers are essential.
Application Process: Please contact the phone number below or via email.
PHONE:    (320) 230-2725
EMAIL:      [email protected]

Student Conservation Association (SCA)
– Washington, DC   ON-GOING
The SCA is very pleased to offer conservation internships that mix public policy and practice making for a one-of-a-kind professional experience.   As an intern you would live and work on Capitol Hill from February to mid-May.  Duties will differ depending on the assigned congressional office, but interns will be exposed to the busy daily schedule of a congressperson sitting on committees affecting environmental conservation policy, and his or her legislative responsibilities.  Interns will then leave Capitol Hill and public policy creation to get into the field and see policy in action as they serve in a National Park from late May to early August.  Interns will participate in specialized duties for the duration of their positions depending on their interests and major.  This internship carries many benefits: While working on Capitol Hill interns receive a generous stipend of $450/week (housing will be located and secured by SCA).  While at a National Park interns will receive a transportation stipend, free housing and a living allowance for food.  Interns are also eligible for an AmeriCorps educational award of $1,180 which may be used for college tuition or student loans.  To apply download and submit an SCA Conservation Internship Application available at

Transportation Security Administration – Washington, DC Metropolitan area     ON-GOING
10-15 various positions available
The Transportation Security Administration protects the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce and will continually set the standard for excellence in transportation security through it’s people, processes and technology.
Responsibilities:  Responsibilities will vary depending on specific internship programs.  Programs are open to all students: high school, under-graduate, and graduate, vocational/technical. Flexible schedule or work assignments. 
Qualifications:  Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student (diploma, certificate, etc.), be the minimum age required by Federal, state or local laws, be taking at least half-time course load as defined by the student’s institution, be a U.S. citizen and maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Application Process:  Please come to the Internship Office files (Academic Service Building, CSB) to receive direct forms of contact for specific programs and more detailed information, or contact the following:
CONTACT:        Office of Diversity and Outreach Programs
                   Transportation Security Administration
                   701 South 12th Street
                   Arlington, Virginia 22202

USDA Foreign Agricultural Services                                   ON-GOING
International Internship Program – Western Europe, Latin Amercia, Asia
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s International Internship Program offers paid internships on an ongoing basis.  The program is encouraging applications for summer internships through an extended March 15th deadline.  The USDA Foreign Service  provides college students the opportunity to live and work in a paid internship at an American Embassy overseas.  Through work assignments participants learn various aspects of international trade, trade policy, international relations, diplomacy, and other regional and cultural considerations.  Positions are available in Western Europe, Latin America and Asia.  The internship is offered ever semester and summer for graduate students and upperclassmen (juniors and seniors).  Interns must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program (junior or senior), be a U.S. citizen and be in good academic standing.  The intern must pay for transportation to the job site, but financial assistance is available.                                 

U.S. Department of State                                                 ON-GOING
The U.S. Department of State is the official international relations arm of the President of the U.S. The Department is responsible for formulating, implementing, and supporting U.S. foreign policy, assisting U.S. citizens abroad and managing the human and material resources that provide the platform for U.S. foreign policy.  The Department offers domestic Washington, D.C. internships and overseas opportunities.  Internships are offered each semester for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks, usually 40 hours per week.  Intern duties and responsibilities may vary according to post or office of assignment.  The Department is looking for students with a broad range of majors, such as business, public administration, social work, economics, information management, journalism, and the biological, physical and engineering sciences.  The intern should be in their junior or senior year of study.  These are unpaid internships.  Visit the CSB Internship Office to view the current catalog. Applications for the U.S Department of State’s interns program must be submitted online at   

United States Department of Education – Washington, D.C.            ON-GOING
The US Department of Education is sponsoring the Martin Luther King Jr., Scholars Program. This program is a unique summer internship which focuses on civil and human rights in America. Interns will work for an eight-week period beginning June 16th and ending August 8th.  Responsibilities will include: working closely with a senior official on a specific issue/project, preparing a final paper on the experience as a Martin Luther King Jr., Scholar, and participating in periodic briefings and other activities held for Scholars.  This is a paid internship.  Individuals interested in this internship are required to submit a resume, proof of college enrollment, a transcript, two academic references, a brief essay, and a cover letter by February 21.
CONTACT: Joyce Boykin
PHONE:    (202) 401-3603
CONTACT: Paula Garner
PHONE:    (202) 401-0126

U.S. Department of State – Washington, DC                                   ON-GOING
Throughout the year, the Department provides internship opportunities for qualifying U.S. citizens who are students in nearly every academic discipline. They offer the intern program in Spring, Summer, and Fall with application deadlines of July 1, November 1, and March 1 respectively. The vast majority of their internship is unpaid. The summer period offers the most placement opportunities and attracts the greatest number of applicants. Each year the Department offers internships to highly qualified college/university junior, senior, and graduate students. About half of the Department’s internships are in Washington DC with the remainder at their embassies and consulates abroad. Interns with the Department learn first-hand about foreign affairs and are exposed to the challenging work of both the Foreign Service and the Civil Service. Some interns may write reports on human rights issues, or assist with trade negotiations. Other may research economic or environmental issues. Internship are excellent preparation for future careers in international affairs, both for the Civil Service and the Foreign Service.

U.S. Government Foreign Affairs Offices - Washington, D.C. and International                   ON-GOING
                Keep in mind that Summer internships may have February and March deadlines
These four official foreign affairs offices of the U.S. Government offer internships to undergraduates in Washington D.C. and internationally. Further information on current opportunities is available at the website addresses below.
The Foreign Agricultural Service:
U.S. Agency for International Development:
Department of State
and Foreign Commercial Service:
Note: Students seeking internships abroad with the U.S. Commercial Service are requested to correspond directly with the Senior Commercial Officer or Principal Commercial Officer in the particular country in which they are interested in serving. (Not all countries have internship programs.)

Washington Internship Institute - Arlington, VA             ONGOING
The Washington Internship Institute (formerly the Washington Internship Foundation)  is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting students and others obtain internships in the Washington, DC area. Their internship placement services assist students in finding internships and provide then with safe, affordable housing within 3 blocks of the Capitol. Internship positions are posted on their website. Currently, they offer over 250 internship positions with Members of Congress, Federal Agencies, and private organizations posted to their website:

White House Intern Program – Washington, D.C.                           ON-GOING
The Whitehouse Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity to serve our President and explore public service.  They are seeking exceptional candidates to apply for this highly competitive program.
Responsibilities: In addition to normal office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, tours, and complete an intern service project.  Interns may serve a term in the Fall, Spring or Summer.  All candidates must be at least 18 years of age, hold United States citizenship, and be enrolled in a college or university.  Explore the White House Intern Website for additional information at
Qualifications:  sound academic credentials, history of community involvement and leadership, solid verbal/written communication skills, demonstrated interest in public service.
Application Process:  Apply, read and complete the White House Intern Application:  [email protected]  prior to the following dates:
                        March 7 for Summer intern (May 23 – August 25)
                        June 16 for Fall term (September 5 to December 15)
                        October 13 for Spring (January 9 - May 11)
CONTACT:  Karen Race
               [email protected]
PHONE:     202-456-5979


1000 Friends of Minnesota – St. Paul, MN
1000 Friends of Minnesota works to address the connection between development patterns and the health of communities and the environment.  This internship will involve completing a metropolitan corridor inventory along the Hiawatha light rail line in the Twin Cities.  This project entails collecting data and analyzing special characteristics related to housing, retail, industry, and transportation to produce a highly visual case study of the area.  Students should have a background in Urban Studies, Landscape Architecture, Geography, or a related field.  Strong written and verbal communication skills are also needed.  A driver’s license and car are necessary for some field work.  This paid opportunity was offered through HECUA for summer. 1000 Friends of Minnesota may offer unpaid opportunities at other times. Application for the summer internship should be made directly to 1000 Friends of Minnesota.
CONTACT:  Matthew Mega
ADDRESS:  370 Selby Avenue Suite 300
               St. Paul, MN  55108
PHONE:     (651) 312-1000
FAX:          (651) 312-0012

America Coming Together (ACT) - St. Paul, MN ACT is looking for an intern to assist them in their mission of mobilizing non-voters for the Democratic Party in the upcoming election.  The intern will be responsible for helping with general administrative projects for a number of departments, assisting with data management, grassroots organizing projects, and IT-specific projects while also working in general communication which includes writing advisories and press releases while making pitch calls.  The organization is also looking for an intern who has creativity and understands web management for both their website and placement of their website.  Interested candidates should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel, good written and oral communication skills and be willing to make a 20 hour a week commitment.  This internship is unpaid.  Interested students should send a letter of interest, dates and times of availability and resumes to the contact below.
CONTACT: Jennifer Bakkom
FAX: (651) 645-1414
EMAIL: [email protected]

American University - Washington, D.C. 
The Washington Semester Summer Internship Program gives you the chance to experience the excitement of interning and living in the political and cultural capital of our nation. Work opportunities are offered in the following areas: national government and politics, economic policy and international business, print and broadcast media and communication, foreign policy and international affairs, arts and humanities, and justice and law. They also offer the opportunity to intern in Brussels.

AMFA Local 33 – Bloomington, MN  

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 33 is in need of an intern to assist in the communications/public relations needs of the union.  AMFA is the union representative for the technicians, custodians and cleaners of Northwest and Mesaba Airlines.  Duties may include: assisting in the production of a monthly newsletter, communications to the members, researching topics, assembling media releases, working with a public relations firm to promote AMFA, and working with the local and national media.  Applicants must be an upperclassman or undergraduate working on a major in journalism, communications or media.  The position requires excellent writing, editing and research skills along with computer skills in the PC platform.  A minimum of 16 hours per week is required.  This is a paid internship at $300 a month and the opportunity is willing to assist interns wanting to earn credits. 
CONTACT:  Todd Kettelkamp
E-MAIL:     [email protected]

APAICS Summer Internship Program – Washington, D.C.
APAICS is a non-partisan, non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to promote the participation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the political process. Through the internship, APAICS hopes to encourage the political and civic involvement of young people, to foster their interest in political and public policy-related careers, and to develop their leadership skills. The internship will run from June 5 to July 28 with a $2,500 stipend.

  • Interest in the political process, public policy issues and Asian American and Pacific Islander community affair.
  • Evidence of leadership abilities and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Current enrollment in accredited undergraduate educational institution. (Recent graduates – within 90 days prior to June 5 are also welcome.
  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency by June 5
  • 18 years old by June 5
  • Submission of all applications materials (Part I and Part II) by January 31
    Application Process:  Go to APAIC Webpage at  for online application.
    Contact: APAICS office by email at [email protected] or call them at 202-296-9200.

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN
The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is currently offering a spring public policy internship for a student pursuing a degree in political science, sociology, psychology, public policy or a related field.  The intern will be responsible for the following: identifying organizations and contact people, monitoring legislative committee hearings when legislation is in session, monitoring issues that may affect people with brain injury and responding to the Brain Injury Association of MN’s Action Alerts.  The intern should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.  A minimum of 10 hours per week is required for the position.  The intern will receive training, guidance, and feedback in order to develop professional public policy skills.  The intern will have to provide their own transportation.  There is a $500 stipend with the internship.  For further information, contact Kimberly Ferencik.  
CONTACT: Kimberly Ferencik, Volunteer Coordinator
ADDRESS: Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
              34 13th Ave. NE, Suite B001
              Minneapolis, MN 55413
PHONE:    (612) 238-3234 
              (800) 669-6442
FAX:         (612) 378-2789
EMAIL:     [email protected]

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program – Arlington, VA
This internship opportunity is offered through the Institute for Humane Studies and the Fraser Institute.  The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program includes a Washington, D.C. Public Policy Internship, career workshops, seminars and speakers, housing and airfare, all while receiving a stipend.  The Koch Fellowship experience is built around an eight-week internship at a market-based public policy institute.  In addition to gaining valuable experience working on projects at their policy institutes, fellows have the opportunity to interact with other policy experts and find out first-hand what it takes to make it in the field.  Please send cover letter and application to the address below.
ADDRESS:  3301 N. Fairfax DR., Ste. 440
                Arlington, VA 22201
PHONE:     (703)993-4880
FAX:          (703)993-4890
E-MAIL:     [email protected]

City of Centerville - Centerville, MN
The City of Centerville has an opening for a planning intern. Flexible position up to full-time hours. Position will allow for gained experience in projects associated with new, commercial and industrial development and downtown revitalization. Background in planning or administration desired. This is a paid position: $10 per hour.

City of Coon Rapids – Coon Rapids, MN
The city of Coon Rapids is accepting applications for a temporary internship in the City Manager’s office.  The position will be responsible for gathering, compiling, and analyzing data for a suburban city staffing report.  A bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies, Public Administration, or similar field with experience in word processing and using spreadsheets is required.  The internship is estimated to last until May.  An application must be turned in no later than February 15.  This is a paid position.

City of Faribault – Faribault, MN
The City of Faribault is offering internship opportunities to individuals seeking practical experience in the affordable housing field and a deeper understanding of the housing challenges faced by many.  During the internship, the intern will gain hands-on experience in working with low and moderate-income families and with seniors participating in a variety of affordable housing programs and with the boards administering these programs.  The responsibilities of the intern include tenant services at a local senior housing complex, site inspections, the coordination of required maintenance, and lease compliance.  This is a paid position.

City of Hutchinson - Hutchinson, MN
The City of Hutchinson is seeking an intern in its Community Development department for a period up to six months.  The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the community development director with the delivery of programs and services associated with the Hutchinson Downtown Association and the Hutchinson Economic Development Authority.  This is a paid position requiring 30-40 hours of work per week.
CONTACT: Christie Rock
ADDRESS: 111 Hassan Street SE
              Hutchinson, MN 55350
PHONE:    (320) 234-4223
E-MAIL:    [email protected]

City of St. Louis Park-St. Louis Park, MN
The City of St. Louis Park is in search of a temporary Building Codes Inspector.   Interns must have knowledge of the Building and Plumbing Codes.  This position is for the Summer and it is a paid position.

City of Medina – Medina, MN
The City of Medina has an opening for an administrative/planning intern.  It is a flexible 20-40 hour per week position and could last up to six months.  The intern would assist both the city planning and zoning and administrative departments.  The intern must have working knowledge of PC computers; ability to learn new software programs, organize information, research and prepare accurate reports; and ability to analyze information and develop alternatives for consideration.  Preferences will be given to applicants who have working knowledge of Excel, Word, Access, Internet applications, ArcView, and public administration/city government.  This internship is paid: $8-$10 per hour depending on experience and qualifications.

City of West St. Paul - West St. Paul, MN
There is a six month paid, full time position open for a Community Development Intern.  The individual will conduct special project work for the Community/Economic Development Director in community development, neighborhood development, housing and problem properties.  Qualifications include:  enrollment in a post-secondary educational facility pursuing a degree in Public Administration, Planning, Community Development or a closely related field.  The schedule will be 30-40 hours a week with some night meetings, but we are able to work around class schedules. 
CONTACT:  City of West St. Paul
ADDRESS:  1616 Humboldt Avenue
               West St. Paul, MN 55118
PHONE      (651) 552-4100

City of White Bear Lake – White Bear Lake, MN
The City of White Bear Lake is a mature community with a wide diversity of housing stock and business interests. The intern position will work under the supervision of the City Planner and Associate Planner. The intern is responsible for developing an understanding of the City’s ordinances dealing with property maintenance and housing standards. The duties would include responding to citizen complaints as well as inspecting neighborhoods and commercial areas.

The City of Winsted – Winsted, MN
The City of Winsted is accepting applications for an administration intern. The position will assist the city administrator in communications, administering city projects, performing various research, coordinating with the area Chamber of Commerce and preparing reports.  The position requires strong interpersonal skills and organization.  This is a paid position at $8 per hour.  Please submit an application letter and resume to the City Administrator at the address below.  The position will be open until filled. 
CONTACT:    City Administrator
ADDRESSS:  City of Winsted
                 PO Box 126
                 Winsted, MN 55395
PHONE:       (320) 485-2366

Community Relations Service – Washington D.C.
The Community Relations Service (CRS) serves as a “peacemaker” fro community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin.  CRS is seeking a motivated undergraduate, graduate, and law students to undertake internships.  Interns will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects that range form preparing presentations for congressional briefings and research on race relations to writing and editing agency publications and event planning.  This internship is offered during the fall, spring, winter, and summer semesters.  This is an unpaid opportunity.  To apply, please send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter explaining your interest in CRS to the address below. 
CONTACT: Intern Coordinator
ADDRESS: Community Relations Service
               600 E. Street, NW, Suite 6000
               Washington D.C., 20530
PHONE:     (202) 305-2935
FAX:          (202) 305-3009

Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum
– St. Paul, MN
The office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum is seeking an energetic and proficient intern for the summer and fall in St. Paul and Washington D.C..  Internships will provide valuable experience to students as they prepare for their professional careers. Interns will be responsible for supporting administrative staff: answering phones and database entry; compiling local news clips and distributing to district and DC office staff, and attending briefings and hearings for legislative staff.  In some cases a stipend is available for interns.  Housing and transportation are the responsibilities of the intern.  Applicants should send a cover letter and resume by April 1, if interested in the summer position, or by April 15, if interested in the fall position. 
CONTACT: Betty McCollum
              Attn: St. Paul Internship Coordinator (or) Washington, D.C. Internship Coordinator
ADDRESS: 165 Western Ave. North, Suite 17
              St. Paul, MN 55102
PHONE:     (202) 225-6631
               (651) 224-9191
FAX:         (651) 224-3056 (St. Paul)
               (202) 225-1968 (Washington D.C.)

Democrats 2000 – Washington, D.C.
Democrats 2000 is a unique coalition of elected officials dedicated to the recruitment, election, promotion, and support of progressives within the Democratic Party. They rely heavily on interns to develop, research, and organize their many programs. The Progressive Politics Interns will be working to mobilize 2000 volunteers. The Campus Organizer interns will help recruit 200 activists to train, and place on progressive Democratic campaigns across the nation. They will also liaison campus information and events to Democrats 2000, help plan local events, and flyer campus with Dems 2000 material. The campaign interns will work the polls, phone banking, and precinct walking. These internships are for June to November. Scholarships are available, and a small stipend may be provided. Early applications deadline is November 30, and regular application deadline is March 30.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. – Washington, DC
Is looking for qualified individuals to serve as Governmental Affairs Interns in Washington, D.C. You would assist in public policy initiatives that affect agricultural, wetlands and waterfowl conservation. As an intern, you should be interested in wetlands, waterfowl and agriculture. This is a paid intern. The intern will receive $1,200/Month, and will start in the Fall/Winter.

Feather, Hodges, Larson, and Synhorst – St. Paul, MN
FHL&S is a political grassroots organization specializing in strategic voter contact and fund raising for the Republican Party and Conservative groups. They are looking for full-time interns for the months of May through August to be a project assistant to the Director of Fund Raising as well as work on other projects in the area of voter contact. Responsibilities include assisting account managers with client needs and communications; tracking political races, initiatives and advocacy groups; help maintain quality assurance for client goals and miscellaneous other duties as they arise. This is a paid position.

Fiscal Analysis Department, State of Minnesota
– St. Paul, MN
The Fiscal Analysis Department for the State of Minnesota is offering an internship which is available immediately.  This is a full-time position for individuals who can work an 8-5 hour shift Monday through Friday.  The intern will be responsible for budget forecasting and other responsibilities within the office of Fiscal Analysis.  Students specializing in economics, accounting, management, and political science are preferred.  A stipend will be offered.  For more information please contact the following:
CONTACT: Richard Carlbom
PHONE:    363-3718
CRC CATEGORIES: (GO) GOVERNMENT - is a non-partisan website that provides political information and resources for a new generation of voters.  They believe it’s time for the younger generation to speak out about issues that concern you for the election. strives to educate youth with issues related to the upcoming election.  They provide information and original content targeted to young people to spur interest in the political process.  They are looking for self-motivated individuals with fresh ideas to get involved in the following areas: political writers, political columnist and opinion writers, section editors, marketing/business team, and public relations team.  All positions are volunteer-based.
CONTACT:    Alexis Rice
E-MAIL:        [email protected]

Grassroots Solutions – St. Paul, MN
Grassroots Solutions is a national consulting firm based in Minnesota that helps nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, labor unions and political campaigns achieve their grassroots objectives.  The organization is currently offering a winter and summer internship.  The intern will be responsible for providing support with event and training logistics, assist with internal marketing-related activities, research, and organizing volunteer recruitment.  This is a 15-hour/week minimum commitment during winter, while the summer opportunity is a 20-hour/week commitment.  Interns should have knowledge of MSOffice, the internet and have good written and oral communication skills.  If interested, please send a resume to the contact below.
CONTACT: Lindsay Hanson
ADDRESS: Grassroots Solutions
              1954 University Ave., Suite 12
              St. Paul, MN 55104
PHONE:    (651) 645-2433
EMAIL:     [email protected]

Growth & Justice – Minneapolis, MN
Growth & Justice, a nonpartisan progressive think tank in Minnesota, is currently offering two internships: a fundraising internship and an administrative and policy internship.  The fundraising intern will assist in the processing and tracking of contributions made by phone, email and general correspondence; update Growth & Justice information in the database; and maintain fundraising files.  The intern will also assist with both individual and foundation giving, participate in public outreach to build support for the organization, coordinate fundraising mailings and events, and assist in foundation research and grant writing.  As an intern, the student should be able to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines, while having strong research, writing skills, and experience dealing with the public.  The administrative and policy intern will update and maintain the Growth & Justice database and website, prepare marketing materials and media packets, monitor policy subjects and pull press clips, assist with the policy and issue research, write policy background papers, and proofread/edit policy journals.  The intern should have excellent organizational and computer skills, a strong interest in public policy, politics and/or state government, and an interest in both economic growth and economic justice.Both internships are unpaid with flexible daytime hours.  To apply, submit a resume and cover letter indicating the number of days available to Dan Carroll. 
CONTACT: Dan Carroll
ADDRESS: Growth & Justice
              2104 Stevens Ave. South
              Minneapolis, MN 55404
FAX:         (612) 872-8662
EMAIL:     [email protected]

House DFL Caucus – St. Paul, MN
The House DLF Caucus is seeking highly motivated interns for the summer.  Full-time intern duties include: assisting House DFL Caucus, assisting candidates with a variety of campaign activities and preparing regular progress reports throughout the campaign.  At the end of the summer internship, the junior field organizer will prepare a final evaluation of campaigns and candidates.  This internship is offered with a stipend.  Please send a resume and writing samples by April 9 to Stephanie McCleerery at the address below.
CONTACT: Stephanie McCleerey
ADDRESS: House DFL Caucus
              225 East Plato Blvd
              St. Paul, MN 55107
EMAIL:     [email protected]

IIE's Educational Associates Program is offering the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Alice R. Pratt internships to promote international careers for students. The internships are full-time and involve attending and assisting with occasional evening and weekend functions. The stipend is $1,000/month for the Alice R. Pratt Intern and $1,250/month for the Junior Chamber of Commerce Internship. The intern's primary responsibilities are in IIE's International Visitor Program, assisting staff with the professional schedules of U.S. Information Agency and other government sponsored international visitors to the Houston area. The intern will assist in arranging professional meetings for rising and current international leaders with their U.S. counterparts, as well as coordinating hospitality and social activities for these guests. Students should have completed their junior year by the time they begin the internship. Deadline for Junior Chamber of Commerce Internship is March 15. Deadline for Alice R. Pratt Internship is September 25.

Institute for Experiential Learning-Washington, DC             
The Institute for Experiential Learning is offering internship opportunities within their Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars Program. This internship is a good opportunity to prepare students for leadership roles in a globalized society. This internship is for the Fall Semester and applications must be in by early June.

Institute for Humane Studies – Arlington, Virginia
Paid Public Policy and Journalism Internships. – June 3 – August 12 - Paid
The Institute for Humane Studies has been dedicated to helping bright undergraduate and graduate students interested in individual liberty pursue their intellectual interests.  With scholarships of up to $12,000, paid public policy or journalism internships, and free summer seminars, they can offer students financial assistance and a forum for intellectual discussions, as well as provide them with many opportunities to gain valuable work experience.
Application Process:  On-line applications are now available for their paid public policy internships in Washington, D.C., and their journalism internships at newspapers across the country.  Go to .  Contact Keri Anderson at [email protected] with any questions.  Application Deadline is January 31.

The Leadership Institute – Arlington, VA
The Leadership Institute actively matches young conservatives with sponsors at: The Leadership Institute, Public interest groups, State and government offices, Think-tanks, Capitol Hill offices, and Trade associations.

Live, Learn and Intern – Washington, D.C.       
Capital Semester is a new program under the Live Learn and Intern summer institute.  It is hosted in the spring and fall for undergraduate students.  Capital Semester will be similar to other programs associated with Live, Learn and Intern while having solid practical training and a unique networking advantage that will give interns the edge to succeed as future leaders.  The program will provide an insider’s view of the public policy and political process through internships at government, business, and media/public policy organizations.  The fall semester is from early September to mid-December.  Final deadline for applications is June 1.  Numerous scholarships are available based on merit and need. 


       Live, Learn, and Intern is offering an academic-internship opportunity for the spring semester, from Jan. 11-May 1.  The intern will get an inside view of the public policy and political process through internships at government, business, media or public policy organizations.  The intern may receive twelve hours of transferable credit and scholarships that are offered to help with the cost of the semester program.  Applicants must submit a complete application consisting of the following items: a completed Application for Admission form, two letters of recommendation, an official transcript, resume, a 300-500 word essay identifying the more important economic pro political issue facing your country and how to solve it, and a non-refundable application fee of $30.  The application deadline is November 15.
CONTACT:  Kristy Khachigian
ADDRESS:  1706 New Hampshire Ave.
               Washington, D.C.  20009
PHONE:     (800) 741-6964     
FAX:         (202) 318-0441
WEBSITE[email protected]
CONTACT:   Heidi Hyun
               Manager, Capital Semester
ADDRESS:  Capital Semester
               1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW
               Washington, DC 20009
PHONE:     (800) 741-6964
FAX:          (202) 318-0441
E-MAIL:     [email protected]

Midwest Electric Products, Inc. – Mankato, MN
Midwest Electric Products, Inc. is looking for an intern to work with managers, leaders, and engineers to ensure compliance with applicable Federal and State environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulations, GE EHS policies, and environmental permits.  The intern will audit and review area processes to ensure area EHS requirements are being completed in a timely and thorough manner; assist in environmental permitting, and in development an implementation of Federal, State, and GE internal EHS programs; and assist with routine EHS reviews and investigate root causes and corrective actions of EHS issues.  Applicants should be working toward a four-year degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, health and safety, or related technical degree and have a desire for EHS experience.  Also, applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills.  Salary will be based on qualifications.

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office – St. Paul, MN
The Office of Attorney General Mike Hatch is seeking civic-minded men and women to serve as unpaid interns.  Interns will work with members for the Consumer Division.  All interns will work for a three-month period and will maintain a schedule of at least twenty hours per week.  The summer session goes from May – August with an application deadline of May 20; the fall session is from September – December with an application deadline of September 15; and the spring session goes from January – April with an application deadline of December 1.  For more information, see the contact below.
CONTACT: Rachel Berg
              Internship Coordinator
PHONE:    (651) 282-5695 or (800) 657-3787
E-MAIL:    [email protected]

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) – St. Paul, MN
MCA, an effective state arts advocacy organization that lobbies for the arts of Minnesota, is seeking an intern to begin in January.  The position is part-time with a commitment of 20 hours per week.  The intern will be exposed to and have opportunities to interact with some of the movers and shakers in the arts community, as well as a working knowledge of the legislative process, arts finding structures in Minnesota and the basic functions of running a nonprofit organization.  The intern will assist staff in coordinating Arts Advocacy Day; work with staff on current projects including grassroots organizing, board meeting preparation, and voter education; collaborate with staff to strengthen MCA’s new “Campus Arts Advocates Network”; and have the opportunity to identify and take on projects of interest that relate to arts advocacy.  The intern should have an understanding of the political process, interest in working with the arts community, have good communication skills and be computer literate.  The position pays a small hourly stipend.  To apply, mail or email a resume and cover letter to Kate Hannaher by December 22.
CONTACT: Kate Hannaher
ADDRESS: Minnesota Citizen for the Arts
              2233 University Ave. W., Suite 355
              St. Paul, MN 55114
PHONE:    (651) 251-0868
EMAIL:     [email protected]

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) – Minneapolis, MN
MCH is a statewide coalition of low-income service providers, advocates against and people who have experienced homelessness.  Interns will organize 3 constituent meetings with members of Minnesota’s Congressional and Senatorial delegation during the August Congressional recess. Issues likely to be discussed at the meetings include: America Home legislation, National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and welfare reform.  This paid opportunity was offered through HECUA for summer. MCH may offer unpaid opportunities at other times. Application should be made directly to MCH.
CONTACT: Michael Dahl
              Executive Director
ADDRESS: Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
              122 West Franklin Ave. #306
              Minneapolis, MN 55404
PHONE:    (612) 870-7073
FAX:         (612) 870-9085
E-MAIL:    [email protected]

Minnesota Department of Economic Security – St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota Department of Economic Security is looking for an intern to work on Employment Projections: collecting data, surveying states’ projections of self-employment, analyzing findings, and evaluating the relative accuracy of alternate methods.  This internship runs from summer through September, possibly through December.  The candidate should have familiarity with economic data and forecasting techniques, excellent written communication skills, and knowledge of spreadsheet, database, statistical and word processing software.  This is a paid internship: $13.53 per hour.  Deadline: June 11th.

Minnesota DFL – St. Paul, MN
Minnesota DFL is offering internships in four different areas.  Applications for each positing will be accepted through January 14.  A bi-weekly stipend is also available with each internship. The DFL is willing to work with interns who wish to earn college credit.
The  Communications and Research intern will help with research, writing, and special projects.  Duties include assisting in the maintenance of DFL party website, monitoring media, writing action alerts, responding to constituents, organizing archives and communicating with research and communications team regarding research projects.  Qualified interns will have excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, basic knowledge of Microsoft software, and phone skills.  Journalism and communication majors are encouraged to apply. With the application, a two-page writing sample is required.
Coordinated Campaign interns will be responsible for answering and prioritizing phone calls and inquiries to the coordinated campaign, as well as assisting in projects with the field department.  Qualified interns should have professional conduct, excellent phone and organizational skills, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Software.  There are two, 20 hour per week positions open at this time.
Within the Field Department, several internships are being offered.  The interns will assist in execution of major statewide field projects along with creating and maintaining relations with local DLF units and recruiting and managing volunteers.  Qualified interns should be comfortable on the phone and with volunteers, have basic knowledge of Microsoft Software, and the ability to work 20 hours per week.
The Party Affairs intern will conduct ongoing work with local unit DFL chairs, developing training for party activists, fundraising, and preparatory work for the 2005 Humphrey Day Dinner.  The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the party structure and organization while gaining event planning experience.   Qualified interns should be able to work well with people, have the ability to meet deadlines, have knowledge of Microsoft Software, and be an excellent problem solver.
To get more information or to obtain and intern application, please visit the DFL website at under the “get involved” icon.
CONTACT: Erin Frautschy
ADDRESS: Minnesota DFL 
              255 E. Plato Blvd.
              St. Paul, MN 55107
PHONE:    (651) 251-6321
FAX:         (651) 251-6325
EMAIL:     [email protected]

Minnesota House of Representatives – St. Paul, MN
Internships are now open to students interested in gaining experience by working with legislators and staff to facilitate the legislative process during the Legislative Session.  Students need not be political science majors to participate in this internship program.  The college internship program gives undergraduates and post-graduates an opportunity to become involved in the legislative process of state government.  Interns work directly with legislators and staff members to assist in performing essential duties in the House of Representatives throughout the legislative process.  Interns assist the legislative process in the following ways:  conducting research on specific issues, monitoring and reporting on committee meetings, researching and drafting responses to constituent inquires, and summarizing reports or bills.  Students may receive college credit from all Minnesota colleges and universities by participating in the program.  The intern must have academic approval from his/her school, while having good writing, listening, and speaking skills.  Questions or concerns should be directed to the contact below.
CONTACT:  Josh Gackle
ADDRESS:  G-45 – State Office Building
               Saint Paul, MN  55155
PHONE:     (651)296-7452

Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department – St. Paul, MN
The MN House of Representatives is looking for research assistants to work for legislative analysts.  The intern would search for general and quantitative research.  They are looking for someone that has experience with general research, data collection and basic spreadsheets.  General and quantitative research, computer, and writing skills is helpful.  Some phone surveying skills may be needed for general research position.  The quantitative position requires knowledge of database and statistical computer packages.  This position is for 10-20 hours a week, and is a paid position.

Minnesota Office of Citizenship & Volunteer Services - St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota Office of Citizenship & Volunteer Services also has a Legislative & Communications Assistant internship available.  This intern will be responsible for identifying, monitoring and researching state legislation that has an impact on volunteerism on the Internet.  The intern will develop a final report to be distributed to volunteer managers throughout the state, assist with organizing the Day at the Capitol to provide an opportunity for people throughout Minnesota to learn how to be more effective and active in their community, and to showcase their volunteer efforts and issues with legislators.

Minnesota Senior Federation – St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota Senior Federation seeks a legislative research intern to work from its state office in St. Paul.  The intern will: identify key votes taken during the Minnesota Legislative Session around issues important to seniors and their families; summarize important aspects of these issues; research and compile voting records; produce a report summarizing these votes; and work MnSF staff disseminate this information.  This is not a paid position. 

Minnesota Youth Vote Coalition - Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota Youth Vote Coalition organizes the following: voter registration drives young adult focused candidate forums, and educational events.  Interns will work closely with the coalitions organizer to implement the goals of the coalition regarding non-student focused goals.  Some duties include non-student voter registration, designing, promoting, and recruiting voter registration.  This internship is for fall semester and is a paid position. 

National Head Start Association – Washington, DC
The National Head Start Association is now looking for a Government Affairs Division Intern. Intern will provide administration and program support to the Government Affairs Division. Assignment include: compiling and analyzing policy information; drafting, proofreading, and editing documents; attending and reporting on congressional hearings, tracking votes, and assisting with NHSA’s public education activities. Intern may also have an opportunity to attend meetings with members of Congress and legislative hearings as well as advocacy group meetings and other pertinent conferences. Internship applications are accepted continuously with no fixed deadlines, and applicants are selected and placed based on the following calendar: Fall Program: September-November; Winter Program: January – March; Spring Program: April and May. NHSA Government Affairs Division interns are paid a stipend of $500/month.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Minneapolis, MN
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is currently looking for a legislative assistant.  This intern would assist with grassroots lobbying activities including: educating members about public policy issues, mobilizing members to contact their legislators, assisting with writing position papers, researching legislative issues including researching bill introductions and tracking of bills, and assist with writing and public relations activities to educate legislators and the public.  Applicants with academic background in political science, public relations, or health issues are preferred.   Experience in lobbying and/or political or grassroots activities is a plus. 

Washington, DC Office
Description: Senator Coleman offers 3 intern sessions per year. The fall session runs from September- December, Spring runs from January-May, and Summer runs from June- August. The unpaid internships require 40 hour/week commitment.
Responsibilities:  Each intern will assist the Senator and his staff with administrative duties, legislative correspondence, research, and press. Interns will have an opportunity to observe the legislative process first hand and work as a part of dynamic and professional team.
Requirements: Students with majors in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Banking and Finance, English and Journalism, and Pre-Law.
Application Process: Please fax resume, cover letter and application to contact below. Also indicate which semester intern is applying for. Please download application from website below.
CONTACT: Lisa Lyttle
PHONE:     (202) 224-5641
FAX:          (202) 224-1152

Office of the Attorney General Mike Hatch-St. Paul, MN
The Office of the Attorney General is looking for interns to work with members of the Consumer Division in the downtown St. Paul office.  All internships are unpaid.  Interns will be required to work for three months for at least 20 hours a week.  Opportunities are available year-round.  Fall applications must be received by August 16 spring applications by December 3 and summer applications are due by April 1.  Interested students should contact the Internship Office for an application.  Questions can be directed to the contact below.
CONTACT: Rachel Berg, Internship Coordinator
PHONE:    (651) 282-5696
              (800) 657-3787
EMAIL:     [email protected]

The Office of Congressman Bruce Vento - Washington, D.C.
The Office of Congressman Bruce Vento is seeking an intern to respond to information requests from constituents and the District office, prepare mailings, answer constituent mail, assist in various clerical work, attend appropriate hearings and research issues. The internship comes with a stipend of $800/month.

The Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois – Springfield, IL
The Governor’s Office encourages college juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all disciplines to apply for its summer internship opportunity.  The Governor’s Office is offering two separate opportunities. The first is as a Michael Curry Intern with placement at various state agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction with limited positions available in the Governor’s Office.  This is a 10 week position beginning around June 1.  There is a compensation of $1,200 per month with this internship.  The intern must be a residence of Illinois for this position.  The second opportunity is with the James H. Dunn, Fr. Memorial Fellowship Program and Vito Marzullo Internship Program.  This internship is offered in year-round from August 1 through July 31 with a compensation of $2,325 per month.  This internship is primarily located in Springfield, IL with limited placements in Chicago and Washington D.C. Application deadlines for both opportunities is January 31. 
CONTACT: Internship Coordinator
ADDRESS: 107 William G. Stratton Building
              Springfield, IL 62706
PHONE:    (317) 782-5189
              Second Opportunity
CONTACT: Mary Anne Baker
              Program Director
ADDRESS: Central Management Services
              503 William G. Stratton Office Building
              Springfield, IL 62706
PHONE:    (217) 524-1381

Minnesota Senate – St. Paul, MN
The Minnesota Senate is offering senate internships that expose students to the legislative process and to the internal workings of a specific Senator’s office.  The internship objectives are for interns to gain a specific and detailed understanding of the legislature, to understand political behavior, and to understand its structure, functions, rules and regulations, laws, policies, and goals.  The intern will keep a journal of work done, take notes during meetings, arrange and schedule meetings, research a will or an issue, and any assigned specific duties by the Senator for whom they work with.  There is a stipend of $50.00 per week for interns who provide at least 12 hours of service per week.  Also, a $300.00 per month housing allowance may be available for eligible participants.  Applications are available in the Career Services Center, AS 101, from Karen Hommerding. The application deadline is November 12.  Further information can also be found at the contact below.
CONTACT: Scott C. Magnuson
               Senate Intern Program
ADDRESS: Minnesota Senate, Senate Information Office
              Room 231, State Capitol
              St. Paul, MN 55155
PHONE:    (651) 296-7198
              (651) 296-2887
              (888) 234-1112 (toll free)

NALEO- Los Angeles, CA
NALEO will select 14 Latino undergraduate students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, and Texas to participate in a specialized six week program. The summer legislative intern program is designed to give participants a behind-the scenes look at how policy is developed and implemented at all levels of government. The interns will spend an intensive week in our nation's capital where they will attend meetings with individuals who develop and implement public policy, including: Members of Congress, White House Representatives, Key Congressional Staff, Advocacy Organization Representatives and members of the media.

Population Institute – Washington, DC
The essential function of the Population Institute is the training of future leaders for humanitarian endeavors. Interns could serve in a variety of government and private sector positions, advancing the cause of population stabilization and enhancing the status of women, education, health, the environment and development. This is a paid position.

Presidential Classroom – Alexandria, VA
Presidential Classroom, Washington DC’s premier civic education program, is now accepting intern applications for their winter and summer programs.  Presidential Classroom interns network among a diverse groups of professionals with government and business backgrounds; gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S. Political system; participate in career development workshops; introduce high-level speakers to the student body; and interact with tomorrow’s world leaders.  Applicants should have an interest in working with high school juniors and seniors and have completed at least two semesters of college by January.

Presidential Management Intern Program - Washington, DC
The Presidential Management Intern Program is designed to attract to the Federal service outstanding individuals from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. Assignments as a PMI may involve domestic or international issues, technological changes, criminal justice, health research, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

South Dakota Legislative Internship Program – Vermillion, SD
The South Dakota Legislature is currently in search of 22 college students to serve as interns during the upcoming South Dakota Legislative Session.  Interns provide the legislators with the assistance they need to survive the riggers of a hectic legislative session.  While in Pierre, interns can observe the lawmaking process in action, learn about the many issues confronting the state, and earn valuable college credit all at the same time.  In order to qualify students must be full-time at an accredited college or university.  Students may be pursuing any major.  Application forms are available at both Career Resource Centers or from the Legislative Research Council.  To apply, fill out the application form and attach to it a copy of your college transcript and send it in.  Return the application to the address below before October 15.
ADDRESS:  500 East Capitol
               Pierre, South Dakota 57501-5070
PHONE:     (605)773-3251

Taxpayers League of Minnesota – Plymouth, MN
The Taxpayers League Foundation, is a non-partisan fiscally conservative group in Plymouth, MN. They have full and part-time internships available for the school year. Responsibilities would include: coordinating media campaigns, legislative and issue oriented research, setting up arranging Foundation events, and Mailing for grassroots campaigns and fundraising. This is a paid position.

Vision New America – Washington D.C.
Vision New America is offering summer internships with a government official in Washington D.C.  This program is offered through the Summer Public Policy Internship Program which places students in offices of congressional representatives, state senators, and other government agencies.  This is a part-time position where the individual will work to increase Asian Pacific American political and civic participation.  During this commitment, the intern must register ten new Asian Pacific American voters and complete a regular journal log and reflection of his or her internship experience.  The program offers a $2,000 housing stipend for students.  Internships are unpaid.  Need-based scholarships of up to an additional $3, 000 to cover other costs (transportation and food) are also available.  Applicants must be postmarked no later than March 31.
ADDRESS:  514 Valley Way
               Milpitas, CA.  95035
PHONE:     (408) 941-0888
WEBSITE:   [email protected]  

The Washington Center (TWC) – Washington, D.C.     
The Washington Center’s is a vital nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and other countries by providing challenging opportunities to select students. Interns work and learn in Washington, D.C. while earning academic credit. TWC is the largest program of its kind with over 33,000 alumni leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world.  TWC provides diverse, able, and motivated interns to thousands of organizations in government, business and the non-profit sector.  Interested students should go to to retrieve an application.  Deadline to apply for the summer is March 15.  Interns may be required to earn credit through the TWC program. Before applying for this internship check with Academic Advising on either campus to determine if credits can be transferred back.
CONTACT: Gene Alpert, Senior Vice President

Washington Intern Foundation- Arlington, VA  
The Washington Intern Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting students and others obtain internships in the Washington, DC area. Their internship placement services assist students in finding internships and provide then with safe, affordable housing within 3 blocks of the Capitol. Internship positions are posted on their website. Currently, they offer over 250 internship positions with Members of Congress, Federal Agencies, and private organizations posted to their website.

Young Progressives’ Initiative – Minneapolis, MN
YPI’s purpose is to encourage young citizens to speak out to preserve individual and collective values while transforming the political landscape in Minnesota to reflect young citizens’ progressive values.  The company is offering a fundraising internship that will be responsible for facilitating funding campaigns with staff, identifying major individual donors while working with staff to implement major donor campaigns, and coordinating and attending YPI events.  The candidate will submit a formal YPI intern application, attend a four hour training session, attend intern meetings, and submit a two-page reflection paper for possible publication in YPI E-vent or YPI-Voices newsletters.  To be considered, the intern must be committed to progressive politics, community organization, civic education, and have a passion for fundraising to support social action.  This is an unpaid position where the intern will work eight hours/week for one semester or summer.  To apply, complete a YPI application, interview with the Executive Director and Development Director, and attend orientation involving a 2-week observation period.  Commitment to the internship is made at the end of two weeks.
CONTACT: Jeremy Kalin
              Executive Director
ADDRESS: Young Progressives’ Initiative
              2008 Fremont Avenue South
              Minneapolis, MN 55405
PHONE:    (612) 875-2546