Off-Campus Internships and Programs

Fall and Spring Internships

The Blavatnik Internship Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
The Council on Foreign Relations is offering paid internships to our more than one hundred interns each year. Blavatnik interns will gain new insights into critical foreign policy issues and interact directly with leading experts and practitioners. They will benefit from CFR’s extensive Intern Professional Development Program, complementing their substantive work with a series of skill-based workshops, trainings, and career advice sessions. In so doing, the Blavatnik Internship Program will further CFR’s efforts to develop the next generation of leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.

The James Wilson Institute's JWI Internship Program Each academic trimester, JWI runs an internship program. Ideal candidates will demonstrate commitment to the Mission of JWI, good work ethic, and strong writing skills. An intern’s specific responsibilities and projects vary based on semester, but generally our interns assist in daily operations of the office, draft publications, and help us plan events. Our full-time interns receive a stipend of $125/week. 

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter, explaining your interest in the mission of JWI, to Abigail Wilkinson: More information may be found here.

The White House Internship 
For more information about the program (including summer, fall, and spring opportunities) and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit

Summer and Weekend Programs

The Alexander Hamilton Institute

AHI Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS) in Washington, DC.

Application materials should be sent to either Senior Fellow Dr. Juliana Pilon (, or Executive Director Robert Paquette ( There is no electronic application process. 

Application requirements:

  • The most recent transcript of courses and grades
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • A 100-word explanation why the student wishes to participate in this program.
  • A 250-word essay describing the most critical national security challenge facing the nation.

The program is designed for a total of 15 students. Each morning, the participants will have a chance to conduct in-depth discussions on specific readings which will have been assigned ahead of time. Afternoons will be devoted to on-site visits hosted by at least one representative of the organization or agency sponsoring the event. Housing is provided by American University, and meals will be covered.  Students will be responsible for travel to and from Washington, DC., but will be provided tickets for transportation during the program.

The American Enterprise Institute's Summer Honors Program is a series of educational and professional development opportunities for top undergraduate students. Students in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of AEI, one of America's preeminent think tanks, through discussion-based seminars with AEI scholars and policy professionals, policy briefings with distinguished guests, high-level networking events, and site visits in Washington.

Eligibility: Current undergraduates and recent graduates. International students are eligible to apply.
Location: Washington, DC
Duration: Students participate in either a single one-week course or a multi-week opportunity at the start of the summer.
Stipend: This is a fully-funded program. Housing, meals on class days, stipends and travel vouchers are all provided.


Undergraduate Fellows who would like to be nominated by the James Madison Program: please email

The Elm Institute at Yale University

Elm's summer seminars offer an intense week of stimulating discussion inside and outside the classroom. Each seminar is taught by a pair of faculty experts who have collaborated in every aspect of the seminar's design. The size of the seminars is limited to 16 participants to ensure a lively conversation in which everyone can take part.

Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at the George Washington University Youth Ambassadors Summer Program

The Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at the George Washington University is delighted to offer current students at the undergraduate level the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the International Religious Freedom Youth Ambassadors Program. Participants will engage in study of the history and philosophy of religious freedom, meet with policymakers and activists from around the world, and attend sessions of the International Religious Freedom Ministerial sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The opportunity is all expenses paid, including travel, housing, and meals. Participants will stay on George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus, in the scenic Palisades neighborhood.


• Participants MUST either have a valid US student visa or be a citizen of one of the countries in the Visa Waiver Program. We *cannot* sponsor applications for student visas.

• Be enrolled at least one semester in a recognized academic degree program.

• The program will be conducted in English. Participants MUST demonstrate written and verbal fluency.

In addition to the application form, request a 300-400 word letter of recommendation from a college instructor, religious leader, employer or other person who knows you well and can address your qualifications for the program. The letter should be sent by email to with your name in the subject line.

Applications that are not followed by a letter of recommendation will not be considered.

The Heritage Foundation offers 60 plus paid internships every spring, summer, and fall; and our program attracts young conservative leaders of the highest caliber. Heritage Foundation interns get to work directly with our prestigious analysts and policy makers, and many will have the opportunity for original research and writing. We train, equip, and develop tomorrow’s young leaders during their time at Heritage through educational programs like First Principles lectures, policy briefings, mentorship, research, and social gatherings with prominent Heritage fellows. This is definitely not an internship where you’re fetching coffee or making copies.

Heritage is looking for rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in experiencing DC first hand for its summer internship program. You can find a full list of the 60 plus open roles online at Interested applicants should apply using the online application. They will also need to submit 2 letters of recommendation and an official school transcript by the deadline. International students must also submit work authorization.

Hertog Foundation

Visit to learn more and apply.

Weekend Seminars

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent grads
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: Friday-Sunday seminars, Winter/Spring
  • Stipend: Covers housing, meals, and travel

Intensive weekend programs that allow students to dive into pressing policy issues with leading experts and thinkers.

Political Studies Program 

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent grads
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

Hertog Fellows study classic texts in political thought and some of the seminal documents of American politics with an outstanding faculty. In addition, students study selected public policy issues with some of those who helped formulate and implement those policies.

War Studies Program 

  • Eligibility: College juniors, seniors and very recent grads
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 2-week program, Summer
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

The War Studies Program, run by the Institute for the Study of War, aims to educate undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces. Students will learn from and interact with distinguished senior leaders in the national security and military communities, including retired generals and leading intellectuals.

Summer Courses 

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent grads
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

This series of one- to two-week seminars allows students to create their own individualized course of study. Younger students are encouraged to apply for these seminars, as are upperclassmen who have other obligations during the summer. Offerings include topics such as American democratic capitalism, US-Russia policy, grand strategy, and modern conservative thought.

Undergraduate Fellows who would like to be nominated by Professor George and the James Madison Program: please email

The Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution’s Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.

Using a highly interactive, tutorial-style model designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields.  Each half-day will be dedicated to one topic, chosen because of its immediate relevance to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions, study groups, and team projects that encourage diverse perspectives. Enrollment is limited, in order to facilitate maximum interaction with the faculty and other participants.

The boot camp is FREE to all accepted applicants. Program fees, food and lodging will be covered for participants accepted into the program. Travel expenses and other incidentals are not included.*

For any questions related to the program, please email

Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute Political Studies offers top undergraduates a Summer Fellowship in political theory and practice that broadens and deepens understanding of public policy and American political principles. The Fellowship combines rigorous study of politics and political thought through week-long seminars led by master teachers, policy workshops featuring think tank experts and experienced government officials, and a distinguished speaker series of exemplary figures from public life. Seminars examine Plato’s Republic, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, along with selections from the Bible, Federalist Papers, Lincoln-Douglas Debatesand current scholarship on American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Hosted at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Students participate free of charge, are given complimentary accommodations at Georgetown University, and receive a $3,000 stipend. You can find further information, including a general syllabus and on-line application information, at

Undergraduate Fellows who would like to be nominated by Professor George and the James Madison Program: please email

Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Please visit for information.

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of George Washington, just outside our nation’s capital. The program provides housing, transportation, meals and a $3000 stipend.

Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing
  • Proven leadership ability and involvement
  • Keen interest in American history
  • All majors welcome
  • Demonstrated interest in proposed capstone project
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Current U.S. Citizen

Application requirements:

  • Resume
  • Four (4) written essays and/or video statements (view questions)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Current college transcript (applicants may use an unofficial transcript)

Apply here:

Teamworthy Ventures

Teamworthy Ventures, a venture investment firm in Manhattan, is interested in recruiting talented juniors from the James Madison Program for its Summer Associate Program. Teamworthy is interested in students from a wide range of academic backgrounds with a focus on creative and curious minds combined with strong communication skills. Our partners have degrees in history, law, and medicine. Summer associates will spend time building relationships with entrepreneurs and investors, conducting due diligence on investment prospects, visiting portfolio companies and reading, writing, and speaking in the context of a variety of venture capital-related projects. Teamworthy focuses on developing long-term relationships with entrepreneurs and partners to build companies of purpose, value, and integrity and is looking for smart and curious juniors interested in exploring a career with its team. Talented summer associates have an opportunity to join the team full-time after graduation. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in investing in the best, fastest-growing companies shaping the future of the economy and culture as well as students interested in starting their own entrepreneurial venture in the future.

The Tikvah Fund​

The Tikvah Summer Fellowship 

  • Spend eight weeks in residence at the Tikvah Center exploring great works of philosophy, literature, and political thought from Judaism and the Western tradition
  • Undertake an independent project or internship that focuses on a specific area of Jewish public policy or Jewish communal life
  • Present your research at a culminating conference led by Tikvah’s Executive Director
  • Stipend: $4,000

The Tikvah Summer Seminars

  • Two-week seminars in New York City or Cambridge, MA
  • $1,000 Stipend & Housing

Undergraduate Fellows who would like to be nominated by Professor George and the James Madison Program: please email

The White House

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date, and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible.  Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:

- Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution).

- Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the internship program start date.

- Are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty—for any length of time—in the two years preceding the internship program start date.

The White House Internship Program is highly competitive.  Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Trump Administration.  Questions about the White House Internship Program application can be directed to  More information, including details about placement in the White House Internship Program and frequently asked questions can be found on the White House website:

The Witherspoon Institute

The Witherspoon Institute’s summer seminars are a collection of intensive summer programs exploring vital moral questions in social, philosophical, legal, and political thought. These small seminars are led by some of the leading scholars of the United States and Great Britain, and they constitute the core of the Institute’s effort to encourage and inform outstanding young men and women at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels who aspire to academic careers and rigorous scholarship.

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Post-Graduate Fellowships

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. James Madison Fellowships support the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and civics. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.

Who is eligible to apply for a fellowship?
U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities and who qualify for admission with graduate standing at an accredited U.S. university that offers a qualifying master's degree program are eligible to apply. Applicants must be committed to teaching American history, American government, or civics classes where you will teach topics on the Constitution full-time in grades 7–12.

What is a "qualifying master's degree program"?
The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference):

  • Master of Arts (MA) in American history, political science, or government
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, or political theory (in a political science department). MAT degrees without required constitutional coursework cannot be approved.
  • Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory

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