Internship Opportunities

Fruth Summer Internships in Economics for Public Service
The Fruth Summer Internship is an offer for financial support for economics majors and minors taking internships with non-profit organizations and in government. The program is supported through the generosity of Terry Fruth to help students as they seek to apply economics and quantitative training in the service of the public. The deadline for the 2015 application is February 27th.

East Central Area Labor Council
The East Central Area Labor Council is seeking a Political Organizing Intern to support their political program in support of labor-endorsed candidates. Interns will report to field staff. Support recruiting volunteers, staffing phone-banks and door knocks, educating union members and the general public about 2014 elections, working with community partners, and local labor leadership. Internships are offered summer into fall semester. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Casey Hudek.

Environment Minnesota
Each year, Environment Minnesota and Environment America hire recent college graduates with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values. The early application deadline is February, 16th. 

Executive Pathways Internship Program
The internships are designed to focus on the professional development of students majoring in the areas of public policy, social work, law and related fields. The goal is for students to have the opportunity to work and learn in a large government management system and to be a part of policy-making decisions that impact the lives of many Minnesotans.

National Bureau of Asian Research 
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Public Affairs and Communications Intern for its Washington, D.C., office, to support activities that interact with Congress, the media, the corporate sector, the diplomatic community, and the Obama administration. This unique experience provides exposure to a range of NBR research and programs, as well as introduces the intern to NBR's network of scholars and stakeholders. Interns will learn how to effectively communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers, the media, and the corporate community, as well as help contribute to the policy-relevance of NBR's work.

Capital Fellows Programs

These programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.
Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor's degree (in any major) by September 1, 2014 and a demonstrated interest in California state government and public service. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome. Applications for the 2016-17 Capital Fellows Programs are now open. 2016-17 fellowship year applications are due Monday, February 8th, 2016 by 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

City of Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis offers a wide variety of paid internship opportunities as well as feeder programs to college students. The experience is not only invaluable for the intern/trainee, but has many benefits for the employer. Internships include:
Urban Scholars Program; Step-Up Program; Health Department; Police Department; Public Works Department

Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action is looking for enthusiastic students or recent graduates who are willing to work hard advancing the goals of Clean Water Action. You will assist with research and analysis on a project focusing on global warming impacts on Minnesota's water. This research will serve as the basis for materials and briefings for elected officials, candidates for office and other public audiences.

The Florida State University Summer Program for Undergraduates

The 23rd Annual Summer for Undergraduates Program will take place May 16- June 9, 2016. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 25, 2016.
The Summer for Undergraduates Program at The Florida State University College of Law (Tallahassee, FL) is the largest of its kind and has become a model for other law schools nationally. Approximately 60 undergraduate college students will be chosen from the applicant pool to participate in the four-week long program.

Minnesota International Center
MIC is part of a national network of similar organizations that work to educate ordinary citizens on global issues and connect them with international people and cultures. MIC coordinates globally-focused learning opportunities for people of all ages, bringing the world into homes, schools, workplaces and communities throughout Minnesota. Internships are offered for Spring, Summer, and Fall terms.

Public Policy and International Affairs Program
The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country.

Senator Franken
The intern program in Senator Franken's office strives to fully immerse the interns in the legislative process. Interns will be paired with a legislative assistant who matches their issue area of interest, and will assist this staffer with policy research, as well as attend committee hearings and other Senate events. They will be a vital component of keeping the office functional, by assisting with the constituent mail process and managing the front desk.

Senator Klobuchar

Each year opportunities are made available for bright and dynamic college students to view, first hand, the workings of government. Senator Klobuchar's aim is to introduce interns to public service and the legislative system. Interns will leave with a diverse experience and skills that can be applied to whichever future endeavor the intern chooses to explore.

St. Cloud Area Branch American Association of University Women
This opportunity is for women in their first, seoncd, or thrid year of study. It allows them to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). This is an annual opportunity, the deadline is in early December and the Conference is held at a different University in the United State each June.

The White House Internship

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. 

One Day One Internship
For additional internship information, and daily offers, sign up for a newsletter through One Day One Internship. This site is designed for college students and recent grads to help connect them with internships in any field.

About this list

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement lists political internships without regard to political affiliation.
While some of these deadlines may have passed, this list provides a sample of available internship opportunities.  

If you are aware of an internship which may interest students at CSB/SJU, please contact Matt Lindstrom at  

Also, look for information on the CSB/SJU Political Science Department's Washington D.C. Summer Internship Program