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Current Internship Opportunities

Capital Semester International Affairs and Public Policy Internship  Spend a semester in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about public policy issues and making an impact on the world. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience.  Applications for Spring 2019 are due November 9, 2018.  
City of Canton Mayor’s Internship Program The Mayor’s Office offers an internship program for students interested in gaining experience in the administration of local government. Positions are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. For more information or to apply, contact the Mayor’s Office at 330-438-4307.
City of University Heights Mayoral Internship Program The University Heights Mayoral Internship Program offers college students unique experiential learning opportunities in local government. Selected participants will work closely with the Mayor and Department Directors. Placement will be based on a number of factors, including the student’s interests, experience/skills, as well as the City’s needs. Submit your resume and a cover letter to
Cleveland Council on World Affairs Internships Internship positions may include: International Visitors Program Intern, Model United Nations Intern, Membership & Development intern, Special Events and Marketing intern, Strategic Communications Intern, and Graphic Design Intern. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To secure a semester placement, plan to apply at least 6 weeks in advance.
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge Unpaid internship opportunities are available at Congresswoman Fudge’s Washington, D.C. and Warrensville Heights, OH offices.  Applications are accepted year-round.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute CHCI’s paid internships offer Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. Deadline passed. Check back later for updated application information!
Department of State Student Internship Program The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. Deadline passed. Check back later for Summer 2020 application information!
FU-BEST Internship Students interested in doing a summer internship in Berlin can apply for an 8-week placement on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). The internship allows students to explore an enriching academic experience in Berlin by immersing themselves in a German workplace and gaining valuable intercultural experience along with skills for their careers.  Applications for Summer 2019 are due December 1, 2018.
IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This paid seven-week summer fellowship program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector.  Priority applications for Summer 2019 are due February 1, 2019.
Ken Harbaugh for Congress Internship Program At Team Harbaugh, interns gain boots-on-the-ground experience with critical areas, such as political coordination, campaign finance, field operations, and communications. Each intern will work directly with one of our branch leaders. To apply, send your resume to Joe Roth, Team Harbaugh’s Intern Coordinator at
Ken Harbaugh for Congress Volunteer Opportunities OH-7 Congressional Candidate Ken Harbaugh is looking for student volunteers who would be interested in assisting with door knocking in the Ohio 7 District. The campaign is hosting a Week and Weekend of Action  and has free housing available for those who need it. 

Week of Action: Oct 29-Nov 6, 2018

Interested students should email Jess Kukura at

Libertarian Party of Ohio

The LPO is seeking college students to serve as volunteers for various political campaigns throughout the state. Students will be placed into meaningful positions working directly with both candidates and campaign managers.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joshua Butler, Youth Engagement Liaison for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

Spend a few hours a year or several hours per week with tasks ranging from voter registration to leading a major project. Check webpage for current opportunities.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

Fall and Spring internships are 11-12 weeks long, paid, and flexible. Applicants can apply for internships within the following categories: Communications & Media Relations; Community Engagement & Organizing; Development & Special Events; and Policy & Legislative Activities.  Interested applicants for Spring 2019 can send a resume and cover letter directly to Hannah Servedio at

National Academy of Social Insurance

The NASI is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for placement in its twelve-week, paid, summer internships. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’s nationally-competitive internship programs. This listing was forwarded by Professor White, who is a member of the NASI and can tell interested students more about the organization.  Applications for summer internships are due on February 1, 2019.

Ohio Office of the Public Defender

 The Office of the Ohio Public Defender welcomes contact from current law students, recent graduates, and other interested parties who are seeking volunteer opportunities. Applications for unpaid positions on a continuous rolling basis.

Pathways Program

The Pathways Program in the US federal government offers internship opportunities for political science students. Check USAJOBS for current available positions.

Policy Matters Ohio

PMO is a non-profit policy research institute, with goals to create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. Year-round, unpaid internships are offered in both the Cleveland and Columbus offices. 

Fall and Spring applications accepted year-round. Summer 2019 applications begin in February and ends when all positions are filled.

Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute for Undergraduates

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare students to pursue Masters’ or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field, through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Applications are due on November 1, 2018.

Rumi Forum

Unpaid research and project internships are being offered this spring at this organization that promotes interfaith and intercultural dialogue. For further questions, email  

Spring 2019 applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.

Applications are due by January 18, 2019.

Senator Rob Portman

The Office of Senator Portman hosts interns in our Washington, DC and state offices year-round, providing an opportunity for Ohioans and students at Ohio colleges and universities to gain experience working for the people of Ohio in the US Senate.

Spring 2019 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Social Justice Scholars Study Group

The Social Justice Institute invites first-years, sophomores and juniors to apply for the Social Justice Scholars study group. Accepted applicants will receive a $500 stipend for their full participation. Over the course of spring semester 2019, accepted applicants will gather with Social Justice Institute Co-Director John Flores to discuss four books and several short primers.

Students interested in applying should submit a brief one-page statement that explains why they are interested in joining Social Justice Scholars, emailed to by Friday, Nov. 2.

Special Events Internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

This internship allows students interested in event planning and coordinating to delve into the museum environment and gain hands-on skills from a highly esteemed workplace.

Spring 2019 applications are due on November 1.

US Together

UST, an immigrant and refugee services organization, is currently seeking two interns. 

Interested students can apply here.

Victims of Communism

 The VOC is seeking spring 2019 interns who possess a commitment to educating people about the history of communism and the dangers of collectivism. The internships are based in Washington, D.C.

Click here for the available Spring 2019 internships and how to apply.

Voices for Ohio’s Children Internship

Voices presents several opportunities for students to build skills in nonprofit administration, legislative advocacy, event planning, community development, and more. 

To apply, send your resume and a 1-2 page writing sample to


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