Fellowships and Internships in Washington, DC
College students, graduate students, and professionals on sabbatical have opportunities to work on Capitol Hill. Executive agencies and private organizations sponsor fellowships and internships (the terms are used interchangeably) in congressional offices. The list below includes well-known entities sponsoring fellowship programs–it is not comprehensive.
- “Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government,” CRS Report 98-654, September 14, 2020 (23-page PDF)
- Internships and Fellowships – Library of Congress
- Fellowships, Internships and Service Programs (FISP) Database (Stanford)
If you are aware of other congressional fellowship and internship programs that you believe should be listed here, please contact us with the name and web site of the program.
Many Congressional and Legislative Fellows complement and enhance their fellowship with our Certificate in Congressional Operations.
Much of the information below is from the Congressional Deskbook 6th Edition (§ 4.100).
|Fellowship Name and Sponsor||Duration||Qualifications||Comments|
|American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. AAAS works with approximately 30 partner societies. Each partner society has its own distinct fellowship application deadlines, procedures, degree requirements, and stipend levels.
fellowships.aaas.org/01_society_partners/See AAAS web site for links to partner societies for specifics:
– American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
– American Academy of Neurology / American Neurological Association / Child Neurology Society (AAN/ANA/CNS)
– American Chemical Society (ACS)
– American Dental Association (ADA)
– American Geological Institute (AGI)
– American Geophysical Union (AGU)
– American Institute of Physics (AIP)
– American Mathematical Society (AMS)
– American Meteorological Society (AMS)
– American Nuclear Society (ANS)
– American Psychological Association (APA)
– American Physical Society (APS)
– American Society of Agronomy / Crop Science Society of America / Soil Science Society of America (ASA/CSSA/SSSA)
– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
– American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
– American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
– American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
– American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
– American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
– Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)
– Geological Society of America (GSA)
– Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-United States of America (IEEE-USA)
– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
– Institute of Navigation (ION)
– Materials Research Society (MRS)
– Optical Society of America (OSA)
– Population Association of America (PPA)
– SPIE-The International Society for Optics and Photonics
– Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
– The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)
|See AAAS web site for links to partner societies for specifics.||See AAAS web site for links to partner societies for specifics.||AAAS works with approximately 30 partner societies. See
AAAS web site for links to partner societies for specifics.
|American Psychological Association (APA) Congressional Fellowship Program
|One year||Member of APN, U.S. citizen, and have a PhD in psychology from an APA accredited doctoral program and internship, if in the area of professional psychology, or related field|
|Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
|Nine months (September – May)||$20,000 stipend|
|Congressional Black Caucus
Congressional Fellows Program and Louis Stokes Urban Health Public Policy Fellows Program (and also internships)
|Nine months||Full-time graduate or law students, recent college graduates, professionals with five or more years of experience pursuing part-time graduate studies, and faculty members interested in legislative studies||$40,000 stipend and benefits for one year|
American Political Science Association
|Nine months, November – August||Political scientists, journalists, federal executives, health policy executives, and international scholars||$38,000 stipend and travel allowance (political scientist)|
|Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship Program (and also internships)
|Eight weeks during summer, or nine months||College undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates||$2,200 per month, $2,700 with graduate degree|
|For internship and fellowship opportunities in the federal government for students, see
students.gov, then under “Career development” select “Internships” or “Graduate fellowships”
|Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University
|Ten weeks during summer||Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students, from all countries and studying in all majors are eligible||$1,500 stipend plus housing assistance|
|The Heritage Foundation Internship Program
|Summer (nine to ten weeks), Spring and Fall (semester)||Rising college juniors or older, including recent college graduates, master’s students, and law students||$7.25 per hour, Johnson Building Intern Housing Program available|
|Hillsdale College Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship Internships
|Fall||xx||$9 per hour. Johnson Building Intern Housing available|
|Native American Congressional Summer Internship Program, Morris K. Udall Foundation
|Ten weeks||Native American college students||$1,200 educational stipend plus expenses|
|Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships, sponsored by National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine
|One year, September – August, with possible extension to December||Midcareer health professionals||Grants up to $165,000|
|Ten-week summer institute in Washington||Undergraduate students pursuing careers in public service||Up to $30,000 merit-based grant toward graduate school|
|Women’s Research and Education Institute–Fellowship on Women and Public Policy
|January-September||Principally women graduate and post-graduate students, men may also apply||$1450 per month stipend; $500 for health insurance, and up to $1,500
for tuition reimbursement
|Also see “Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government,” CRS Report 98-654, September 14, 2020 (23-page PDF)||Intern housing is available in Washington from various sources,
including Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH).
Contact WISH for details: 202-548-2720, internsdc.com
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