Off-Campus Internships and Programs

Internship 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. Information on required application materials is available on the AHI website. 

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.

The American Enterprise Institute

AEI 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: Mutiple one-week courses 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 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 Heritage Foundation

Heritage offers paid internships every spring, summer, and fall. 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. Rising juniors, seniors, recent graduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. See the Heritage website for more information.

Hertog Foundation

Hertog Foundation offers summer fellowships in the humanities, political studies, and war studies. All fellowships come with a stipend, those that are in person also come with accommodation. 

Opportunities include: 

Upperclassmen and very recent graduates are encouraged to apply to the Political Studies and War Studies Programs. Freshmen and Sophmores are encouraged to apply for summer seminars, as are upperclassmen who have other obligations during the summer. 

Please visit to learn more. 

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

The Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution’s Summer Policy Boot Camp is an intensive, four-day residential immersion program in the essentials of today's national and international United States policy.

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 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. The institute is hosted at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and lasts for six weeks.  Students participate free of charge, are given complimentary accommodations, and receive a $3,000 stipend.

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

The James Wilson Institute

JWI Internship Program offers internships throughout the year, both remote and in-person in Washington, DC. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to the Mission of JWI, a 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. JWI accepts both full- and part-time interns, and interns who can work remotely. Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $500/month. Part-time interns who are able to commit to at least 20 hours per week will receive a partial stipend.  

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

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.  On hiatus for Summer 2022.

The Tikvah Fund 

The Tikvah Fund offers two programs for college students and recent graduates: the Beren Summer Fellowship, an intensive, highly-selective 8 week summer program in New York City for college students and recent graduates; and the Beren Collegiate Forum, a learning community specifically for undergraduates.

The Beren Summer Fellowship is open to current undergraduates and recent graduates. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend. More information on the fellowship and how to apply is available on the Tivkah Fund website

White House Internship Program

The White House Fellowship was founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson. The White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional emerging leaders first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. It is a non-partisan program. More information is available here:

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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The Public Interest Fellowship

The Public Interest Fellowship is a two-year paid program offering full-time employment and continuing education to a highly select cohort of young professionals in Washington, D.C.

Public Interest Fellows benefit from bi-weekly seminars led by Dr. Peter Berkowitz, monthly dinners with Senior Statesmen, and extensive networking and professional development opportunities.

Competitive applicants are interested in politics, policy, and/or journalism and are commited to:

  • Preserving Liberty
  • Upholding Free Markets
  • Defending Constitutionalism
  • Promoting a Robust Civil Society
  • Fostering United States Leadership Abroad

Applications are now open. Learn more about the application process at the Public Interest Fellowship website. Email with any questions, to schedule an informational call, or to receive application updates.