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Public Policy Programs

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers one-year fellowships ($37,000 salary plus benefits) to work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates in one of the following primary areas: Democracy, Nuclear Policy, Energy and Climate, Middle East, South Asia, China Studies (Asia Program), Japan Studies (Asia Program), Southeast Asia Studies (Asia Program), Economics (Asia Program), and Russia/Eurasia.

Brookings Institution Research Positions One of Washington's oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development.

Capital Fellows Program These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. The ranks of former fellows include a Justice of the California Supreme Court, members of the United States Congress and the State Legislature, a deputy director of the Peace Corps, state and local government officials, corporate executives and community leaders.

Capital City Fellows Program is a mayoral initiative to attract recent graduates of master's degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning and related fields to work for the city of Washington, DC. Candidates compete for 18-month fellowship appointments during which they may complete three six-month rotations in different city agencies

Center for Strategic and International Studies Internships Established in Washington, D.C. over 50 years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision-makers chart a course toward a better world.  Focus areas include defense and security; regional study; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and trade to global development and economic integration.  CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. Many of our internships are unpaid, however, we do have some stipends that we award each semester based on an applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Positions are posted and reviewed on a rolling basis.​

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. Research activities may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also a component of the fellowship program. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in a social science discipline (such as sociology, psychology, education, or public policy), statistics, economics, mathematics or women's studies.

Change Corps offers a three-step training program to help you launch your career in social change. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come.​

Coro Fellows Program Coro introduces program participants to all aspects of the public affairs arena, preparing them to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond. Coro Fellows learn to see the big picture - the community as a whole - and appreciate the varying perspectives that characterize our cities, states, and nation.  Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences.

Council on Foreign Relations Research and Program Associates Research associates and program assistants will have the chance to hear from experts, including scholars, government officials, corporate executives, top journalists, and young, upcoming leaders, on the most important foreign-policy issues of our time by attending CFR meetings. CFR also offers opportunities to further the staff’s professional development through a lunch speaker series for staff, a Professional Development training program, a tuition reimbursement policy, and free CFR publications.

Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.  Summer internships and post-graduate fellowships are available working on legal, policy, and social justice initiatives.

Federal Reserve Board Cooperative Education Program - The Board's Cooperative Education Program provides paid and unpaid professional work experience to undergraduate and graduate students in economics, finance and accounting, information systems, and law.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens and are selected competitively on the basis of scholastic achievement, recommendations, and completed course work in relevant areas of study. Generally, one-year assignments or summer-only opportunities are available. Other assignment lengths may also be considered.

Foreign Policy information Technology Fellowship Program  Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.  The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).​

HHS Emerging Leaders Program is a competitive, two-year, paid, federal internship within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program provides interns with a unique opportunity to develop enhanced leadership skills in one of the largest federal agencies in the nation. HHS is looking for talented and highly-motivated individuals with a commitment to public service. The program provides an excellent opportunity for participants to begin a professional career in HHS.

International Monetary Fund Research Assistants  - The Research Assistant Program (RAP) is intended for recently graduated BA students from leading universities with superior academic records who would like to gain useful work experience before pursuing further studies or moving on to other employment opportunities. RAP participants mainly support the operational and policy work of Fund economists.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship - A unique educational experience for graduate students who have an interest in ocean, costal, and Great Lakes resources and in the nation policy decisions affecting those regions.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a 10-week summer internship.  MLEF’s mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The program allows students to apply their academic achievements to actual research while gaining hands-on experience.​

New America: Millennial Public Policy Fellowships  New America is seeking enterprising, mission-driven young adults to work on the next big public policy challenges facing their generation. We invite applicants with a strong interest in public policy to apply for a competitive and paid fellowship in Washington, D.C.  Each fellow will engage in research activities under the supervision of program staff. They will be expected to contribute to the work of the program, execute a project under the supervision of New America staff in a related policy area, participate in professional development activities, and engage with their cohort and other members of the organization to develop high-impact policy ideas that can engage their peers and advance a constructive public policy discourse focused on creating solutions to the challenges facing their generation.​

Open Society Presidential Fellowships  Awarded yearly to recent JD, LLM, MPA, MPP, and MBA graduates from accredited law, public policy, and business schools. Based in New York City, fellows pursue work related to human rights, good governance, and justice through an 11-month residence within the Executive Office at the Open Society Foundations.

Fellows will work with staff, grantees, and other fellows on special initiatives that address the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by the Foundations’ various programs and projects. They will gain exposure and connections to the Open Society Foundations’ leadership and partner organizations, and cultivate knowledge about open society strategies.

The term of the Open Society Presidential Fellowship is 11 months. The 2017 fellowship will commence in September 2017 with the term ending in July 2018. Fellows will receive a salary of $65,000 plus benefits.

ORISE Fellowships at the Center for Disease Control The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship is intended for current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in chemistry or biology and who have completed or expect to complete three years of coursework in chemistry or biology before the start of the fellowship.

Presidential Management Fellows Program The purpose of the Program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. This program is typically extended to those with a Master’s degree or PhD.

Public Service Fellowships at the Cleveland Foundation - the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today – are year-long paid fellowships that pair recent college graduates from across the country with Cleveland public sector agencies, with a goal of inspiring the Fellows to pursue public service careers. The Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship will also include monthly professional development programming, as well as unique networking opportunities with a diverse array of emerging and senior leaders in the community.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with senior-level policy experts at one of more than two dozen leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC for six to nine months. Scoville Fellows may focus on arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, defense budget, diplomacy, environmental and energy security, terrorism prevention, and other international security issues.The fellowship recruits from across the U.S. twice a year (October and January deadlines) and provides a salary, benefits, travel expenses to DC for interviews and moving, in addition to a small stipend for attending conferences, policy courses, and foreign language classes. Click here to see profiles of previous Scoville Fellows.​

The Urban Fellows Program NYC is a highly selective, nine-month fellowship which combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with an intensive seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. Program participants are diverse and come from all over the country to work in New York City.​

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Villers Fellows will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of health care justice issues during their year-long tenure. The Villers Fellow works as a full-time policy analyst in Families USA's Health Policy Department. The Fellowship is based in the Families USA office in Washington, D.C. and is designed to provide the fellow with a national perspective on health care justice work.

White House Fellows Program is a prestigious program for leadership and public service. White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.