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Spring 2019 Internships

The James Wilson Institute's JWI Internship Program will begin in January 2019 and will run through May 2019. The application deadline is December 7, 2018.

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 Spring 2019 White House Internship will run from January 16, 2019 to April 12, 2019. The application for the Spring 2019 White House Internship Program is now closed.

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

Applications are now open for the 2019 AHI Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS) in Washington, DC, June 16 to 29.  The deadline for all applications is March 1, 2019.  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.

This year, we are proud to offer twelve courses on a variety of topics, including social and welfare policy (taught by AEI's Brent Orrell), the Constitution (taught by AEI and the University of California-Berkeley’s John Yoo), the principles of democratic capitalism(taught by AEI’s Director of Economic Policy Studies, Michael Strain), military history and decision-making (taught by the Director of AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Frederick Kagan), and more, making it a program suitable for student leaders with diverse sets of interests and academic backgrounds. 

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.

Early Decision Deadline: January 7, 2019
Final Deadline: March 11, 2019


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

The American Public Philosophy Institute at the University of Dallas is offering an interesting seminar for college students, “Natural Law and the American Political Tradition." 

Topic: “Natural Law in the American Political Tradition” 

The seminar will be an introduction to natural law and natural rights in American history for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, and high school teachers. Units will include: 

  • Natural Law in Western Civilization (Antigone; Cicero; Aquinas) 
  • Natural Law and Natural Rights in the American Founding (John Locke; The Common Law; James Wilson) 
  • Natural Law and Slavery (the Declaration, the Constitution, and Slavery; Lincoln and Frederick Douglass) 
  • Natural Law and Property (the Common Law; Economic Due Process; Catholic Social Teaching) 
  • Natural Law and Contemporary American Issues: The Right to Life, Marriage, Parental Rights 

Location: the University of Dallas (Irving, Texas) 

Dates: June 23-28, 2019. Participants will arrive late Sunday afternoon and classes will be held from Monday to Friday, with departure late Friday afternoon.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019. (Under a rolling admissions policy, we are accepting students after March 1.) 

Interested students should send the following to
1. Curriculum Vitae or résumé with previous academic and professional experience. 
2. Cover Letter expressing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and discussing any relevant experience or familiarity with the topic. Please explain how you found out about the seminar. 
3. One Letter of Recommendation from a professor with whom you have recently studied. 
4. Writing Sample of between 7 and 15 pages.

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.

Work, Leisure, & the Good Life (June 8 to June 14)
Applications due March 10

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 our inaugural 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 Youth Ambassadors Program will be held concurrently with the International Religious Freedom Ministerial from July 15-19, 2019. 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.

To apply:

Please complete the application form at: The application form and a current CV or resume must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

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 the 2019 summer internship program. You can find a full list of the 60 plus open roles online at Interested applicants should apply by January 21st by filling out our 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.

The summer semester goes from May 20th – August 9th and applications are due January 21st, 2019.

Hertog Foundation

Visit to learn more and apply.

Weekend Seminars - application deadline is January 14, 2019.

  • 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 - early application deadline is January 14, 2019; final deadline is February 11, 2019.

  • 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 - application deadline is February 11, 2019.

  • 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 - application deadline is February 11, 2019.

  • 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.*

January 1, 2019 - Early Bird Registration & Early Bird Letters of Recommendations Due (no fee)
March 4, 2019 - Regular Registration & Letters of Recommendations Due ($100 application fee)

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

The 2019 Summer Fellowship will be held from June 16, 2019 to July 27, 2019. The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

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

Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Please check back on for information on 2019 programs.

The Tikvah Fund

Tikvah Summer Programs 2019:

The Tikvah Summer Fellowship (June 13–August 8, 2019 in New York City)

  • 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 early admission deadline is December 1, 2018
  • The final deadline is February 15, 2019

The Tikvah Summer Seminars - two-week seminars in New York City or Cambridge, MA

New York City: June 16–June 28, 2019
Cambridge, MA: July 21–August 2, 2019
$1,000 Stipend & Housing
The application deadline is February 15, 2019

Seminar Topics and Teachers:

  • Jews and Political Philosophy (Leora Batnitzky, Ruth Wisse, Yuval Levin)
  • Two Chosen Nations? America and Israel at their Foundings (Asael Abelman, Samuel Goldman, Elliott Abrams)
  • Jews and American Politics (Eric Cohen, Meir Soloveichik, Jay Lefkowitz)

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

White House

The Summer 2019 White House Internship Program term runs from May 29 to August 9, 2019. 

  • Application Posted – Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Application Deadline – Friday, January 11, 2019

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.

Natural Law and Public Affairs
 July 7-12, 2019 | Princeton, New Jersey
A seminar for undergraduate and graduate students

First Principles Seminar
July 14-27, 2019 | Princeton, New Jersey
A seminar for undergraduate and graduate students

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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

The application is now open.

The deadline to submit the 2019 application is 5:00 p.m. CST on March 1, 2019.