University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Recurring Internships

These internship opportunities have been available in the past and are likely to recur annually.

Federal Government
State and Local Government
Policy Institute/Nonprofit/Other
Private Sector

Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service
Database of 500+ internships and fellowships

 Federal Government

Effective July 2012, the Pathways Internship Program replaces the former SCEP and STEP student programs .  Students who successfully complete a required number of hours may be eligible for permanent employment.  All federal agencies are required to post internships on USAJOBS.  Students are encouraged to set up a search agent in USAJOBS using the keyword "intern" to be alerted of new postings.

American Association of People with Disabilities
Paid summer Congressional internships for students with disabilities. Year-round internships at the AAPD office.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: usually early January for 10-week summer internship

Bonneville Power Administration
Opportunities primarily in Portland. 
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: applications accepted on a continuous basis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Paid 10-week summer internships with CDC in Atlanta.  See chart for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically early February

Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership
10-week summer internships with federal agencies ($3000 stipend + $500 for travel) and a scholarship program for unpaid public service internships ($3500 stipend).  Open to spring graduates.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically early February

Congressional Budget Office
Currently unpaid summer internships with focus on budget and policy analysis,
Graduate students and qualified juniors/seniors
Deadline:  varies, sign up to receive deadlines for summer

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Paid summer internships include 8-week leadership training and work experience in U.S. House of Representatives.
Latino undergraduate students
Deadline:  typically November for spring, January for summer, and April for fall

Congressional Research Service
Unpaid internships for students with strong writing and analytical skills.  Assist professional staff with public policy research. Opportunity to participate in the legislative process and gain research skills.  Law clerk program offers fall, spring, and summer internships.
Primarily graduate students
Deadline:  application accepted on a continuous basis

Department of Health & Human Services-Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Several paid summer internship programs.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typically February

Department of State--Student Programs
A gateway to an array of internship and fellowship programs.  Early deadlines for internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies by program

Department of Transportation--Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups
Paid summer internship in Washington, D.C., generally early June to early August.  Open to all with focus on women, persons with disabiities, and members of underrepresented diverse groups.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically January

Government Accountability Office
Paid summer internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies from October to December

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program
Paid internships with federal agencies; must be enrolled in a degree program.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically February  for summer programsee site for deadlines for other terms

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals--Summer Student Internship Program
Paid summer internships with a focus on air quality issues. 
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically February

John A. Volpe Transportation Internship
Internships posted on USAJOBS.
Undergraduae and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Library of Congress
Searchable database of internships and fellowships.  Categories include government and policy analysis.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA offers several paid internships throughout the country.  See Alaska Fisheries Science Center and Chesapeake Bay programs.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

National Park Service
Several internship and co-op programs.  Preservation internships (PreserveNet) affiliated with NPS.  Jobs for Students also includes a list of paid recurring internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

National Park Service/Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
Internships intended to broaden understanding of landscape preservation practices.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: varies

Office of Management and Budget
As of February 2011, unpaid summer internships.
Graduate students
Deadline:  typically January

Oregon Sea Grant Fellowships
Current and future opportunities at federal and state level that focus on ocean and coastal life.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically October through April, varies by program

Securities and Exchange Commission
View video for overview of summer internships.  Vacancies posted on USAJOBS. 
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Student Conservation Association
Searchable database of conservation-related internships.  Many partnerships with federal agencies.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies by program or project

USAID Global Health Fellows Program
Paid internships throughout the year in Washigngton, D.C. and abroad.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

USAJOBS
Searchable database of internships with federal agencies.

White House Internship Program
Unpaid fall, spring, and summer internships in Department of the President and Department of the Vice President.  See restriction for quarter-system students.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically April for fall, September for spring, and December/January for summer

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State and Local Government

City and County of San Francisco
Search database using keyword "intern."  Summer internships are generally paid and available in several departments, including planning. 
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  Typically February for summer

City of Chicago
Paid and unpaid summer internships in various departments.  City of Chicago Mayor's Office--Summer Fellowship.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies, early November for summer fellowship

City of Eugene
Generally unpaid internships including Planning Division and City Manager's Office.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

City of Palo Alto, California
Paid summer internships (usually 10-15) in city management. Will be posted as available under "News" section.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

City of Raleigh, North Carolina (scroll down to internships section)
Internships with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Summer internships in planning, urban design, and related areas. Includes at least one major project.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: varies

Governor and State of Oregon Internship Program
Year-round internships in Oregon state government.  Some links to program may not be functioning on this page.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Local Government Internships--ICMA list
List of internships and resources for students interested in local government management.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies by program

Oregon Fellowship
Paid summer internships, primarily with State of Oregon agencies.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically late January or early February

Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division
Internships in governmental auditing with a variety of assignments.
Graduate students
Deadline: varies, usually announced in spring

Oregon Sea Grant Fellowships
Current and future opportunities at federal and state level that focus on ocean and coastal life.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically October through April, varies by program

Portland Development Commission
Unpaid year-round internships for undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA.  PDC also posts student jobs (scroll to end of page) throughout the year depending on funding.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: applications accepted on a continuous basis

Port of Portland
Paid internships in many areas of port operations.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

Research Experience for Undergraduates
Paid summer internships for undergraduates with two years of course work. Partnership between Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon State University.
Undergraduates
Deadline: typically February

UC-Berkeley Planning Jobs (and internships)
Includes internships in CA and throughout U.S.
Undergraduates and graduate students
Deadline:  varies by posting

Udall Foundation
Paid summer internships for Native American and Alaskan Native students.  Ten-week program in Washington, D.C. with Congressional office, committee, or federal agency
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically January

Urban Education Leaders Internship Program--Washington, D.C.
Full-time summer internships in urban education policy with District of Columbia Public Schools.  Chancellor Michelle Rhee started the program in 2007 to offer high-achieving students an opportunity to conduct research and work on education policy projects. Some stipends available.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typically March/April for summer

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Policy Institute/Nonprofit/Other

1000 Friends of Oregon
Paul Gerhardt, Jr. Internship.  Paid summer internship with focus on land use and transportation planning in Oregon.
Preference given to undergraduates or graduates who have not started graduate school.  Graduate students eligible to apply.
Deadline: typically February

Alaska Conservation Foundation
Paid summer internships for students interested in conservation and protection of Alaska's environment and diverse cultures.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically February

Alliance for Health Reform
Internships in health policy research.  Interns attend events and forums on Capitol Hill and in the Washington, D.C. area.  Stipend may be available.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

American Public Health Association
Year-round unpaid health policy-related internships in Washington, D.C. 
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines:  varies

American Red Cross--Presidential Internship Program
Paid and unpaid, ten-week summer internships in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically January-March

America's Promise Alliance
Unpaid internships.   Founded by General Colin Powell, the organization seeks to prepare children for success in school and the community.
Undergraduation and graduate students
Deadline:  March 15 for summer, August 15 for fall, and November 15 for spring

Aspen Institute
Paid and unpaid policy internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship (paid internship) introduces undergraduate and graduate students of color to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.  Offered 3 times annually.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: November for spring, Feburary for summer, and July for fall

Association of American Universities
Unpaid internships with a focus on science and higher education policy.  Spring, summer, and fall semesters.
Undergraduate students
Deadline: varies

Bipartisan Policy Center
Paid internships for students interested in bipartisan policy solutions.  Fall, spring, summer.
Must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student
Deadlines:  typically March for fall, September for spring, and January for summer

Brookings Institution
Part-time and full-time internships; generally unpaid.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

California Policy Institutes
IMPAQ/Berkeley Policy Associates
Social Policy Research Associates
MDRC
Public Policy Institute of California--Richard J. Riordan Summer Intern Program
Primarily graduate students
Deadline: varies

CARE USA
Paid and unpaid internships and fellowships in U.S.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Carter Center, The
Paid graduate assistantships (summer only) and unpaid internships in the areas of health, operations, and peace.  Note:  autobiography should include background and personal history.
Undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates
Deadline:  June for fall, March for summer, and October for spring

Center for American Progress
Year-round paid (stipend) internships in many policy and nonprofit management areas.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines:  typically July for fall, November for winter/spring, and February for summer.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Year-round paid internships with a focus on public policy issues that affect low-income families and individuals.   Internships designed to reflect students' interests.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically March for summer, June for fall, and October for winter/spring

Center for Economic and Policy Research
Full-time paid internships generally available year-round. Focus on research and writing that promotes democratic debate of contemporary economic and social issues.  Sign up for mailing list to be alerted of upcoming internships.
Primarily graduate students
Deadline: varies

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
Unpaid internships for students interested in international and domestic issues facing the U.S. Presidency and Congress.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines:  applications accepted on a rolling basis

Century Foundation, The
Paid summer internships with progressive, nonpartisan think tank in New York City.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

Children's Defense Fund
Unpaid internships in several areas:  nonprofit management; programs and policy; and outreach, community organizing, and youth development programs; and state and regional offices.
Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates
Deadlines: applications accepted on continuous basis, check for preferred dates

Clean Air Cool Planet Climate Fellowships
Paid full-time summer internships.
Undergraduates (recent graduates) and graduate students
Deadline:  typically March 1

Clean Ocean Action
Summer internships (possible stipend) that focus on protecting the marine water quaity of the New York Bight (between Montauk Point, NY to Cape May, NY to the continental shelf).
Undergraduates and graduate students
Deadline:  internships typically posted in February and open until filled

Clinton Foundation
Generally unpaid internships in New York City and Little Rock.  Many opportunities available.
Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates
Deadline:  varies

Doctors Without Borders
Paid year-round internships in communications, development, program, human resources, and executive departments.
Undergraduates and graduate students
Deadlines: typically early January for spring, late April for summer, and early August for fall

Economic Policy Institute
Internships, fellowships, and jobs with focus on economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

Education Pioneers
Paid summer internships for graduate students between their first and second years.  Includes workshops and a high-level consulting project in K-12 urban education.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically early February, applications reviewed on a continuous basis

Eno Transportation Foundation
Search for "The Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy and Finance Fellowship."  Usually a paid summer internship is offered.  See also National Park Foundation Scholars Program
Graduate students
Deadline: varies, typically February for Scholars Program

Environmental Defense Fund
Paid and unpaid internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates 
Deadlines:  typically March, July, November and varies for special projects (see EDF's job opening page for details)

Feeding America
Paid and unpaid internships. 
Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates
Deadlines: varies

Foreign Policy Association
Paid and unpaid internships with nonprofits, educational institutions, and policy institutes.  Search on "internships."

Greenlining Institute
Paid summer internships, summer fellowships, and year-long fellowships.  Opportunities empower and develop the next generation of mult-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change.
Undergraduates and students who have completed undergraduate degrees
Deadline:  varies

Greenpeace
Unpaid internships in many environmental areas and nonprofit resource development.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typically November, March, August

Institute for Women's Policy Research
Unpaid/stipend internships in many areas and paid research fellowships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically March for summer

Migration Policy Institute
Generally unpaid internships (part-time and full-time), some stipends.  Interns provide policy-driven, quantitative and/or qualitative support to researchers in migration-related areas.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines:   typically November, March and July

National Council for Research on Women, The
Paid and unpaid internships througout the year.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines:  varies

Natural Resources Defense Council
Paid and unpaid internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

Nature Conservancy, The
Paid summer internships with the Diversity Internship Program.  Check job page for other internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates
Deadline: varies

National Organization for Women
Unpaid internships in government relations/public policy.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typically November, March and July

National Wildlife Federation
Searchable database of internships.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

National Women's Health Network
Paid and unpaid internships in women's health policy and advocacy.  Summer internships are unpaid.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically March for summer and rolling basis for other terms

New Sector Alliance
Paid summer fellowship (11 weeks) in Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago.  Focus on strengthening nonprofit organizations.
Undergraduate students
Deadline:  typically December

Oregon Center for Public Policy
Internships with a focus on policy analysis and research in the areas of budget, tax, and economic issues.  Part-time, unpaid internships throughout the year.  Paid summer internship.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: tyically April for summer

Our World--Underwater Scholarship Society
Paid summer internships with nonprofit organizations and government with a focus on preserving the underwater community.
Undergraduates and graduating seniors
Deadline: typically January

Partners in Health
Open to students and professionals early in their careers work who are interested in health issues and social justice. 
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically posted in January

Partnership for Public Service
Paid internships in a variety of areas: business development/fundraising, communications, education and outreach, event planning, government affairs, government transformation, nonprofit management/accounting, and research.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typically March for summer, July for fall, and November for spring

PlaceMatters--Denver, CO
Paid (stipend + transit pass) summer internships with nonprofit that works to create and maintain sustainable communities through improved decision-making processes.
Undergraduate and graduate students depending on qualifications
Deadline:  typically spring for summer internships

Polaris Project
Unpaid /fellowships for those interested in the anti-trafficking movement.  Generally 3-4 months.
Undergraduate and graduate students depending on qualifications
Deadline: applications accepted on a continuous basis

Policy Jobs
List of policy-related internships available without password.  International internships.

PolicyLink
Paid summer internships in economic and social equity research, advocacy, communications, and capacity building.
Graduate students only
Deadline:  announced in January

PolitiCorps
Unpaid internships in political process and public policy.
Seniors or recent graduates
Deadline: typically December for early admission, February for general admission

Progressive Policy Institute--Washington, D.C.
Part-time and full-time policy internships that promote progressive politics.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies by posting

Renewable Northwest Project
Summer internship with possible stipend. Announcement usually posted in January.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically applications only accepted during March

Resources for the Future
Paid summer research internships in the areas of environmental, energy, and natural resource issues.  Walter O. Spofford, Jr. Memorial Internship--focus on environmental issues in China.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically February/March

Roosevelt Institute Summer Academcy
Combines a full-time paid summer internship with leadership development.  Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate students
Deadline:  typically mid-January

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Year-round paid internships in environmental studies.  See How to Apply for details.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: 
June for fall, February for summer, and November for spring

Student Conservation Association
Paid internships of variable durations.
Undergraduate or graduate students
Deadline: varies

Sustainable Northwest
Paid and unpaid internships in sustainable natural resource management.
Generally undergraduates
Deadline:  varies

Third Way
Policy internships in the areas of national security, culture, and middle class economics.  Moderate stipend.
Graduate and law students
Deadline: applications accepted on a continuous basis

United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme
Unpaid internships in UN Headquarters only.
Graduate students
Deadline:  varies, typically by February

United Nations Information Center--Washington, D.C.
Unpaid internships for at least 3 months.  UNIC is the US/UN liaison to Congress, the federal government, foundations, media, and the public.
Seniors and graduate students preferred
Deadline:  typically March for summer, July for fall, and October for spring

Urban Institute
Paid part-time and full-time assignments in various policy areas such as housing, welfare, population studies, health, and education policy. Incumbents will conduct literature reviews, analyses and programming tasks, as well as participate in reporting research findings and presenting data.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

Water Environmental Research Foundation
Paid research internships in Washington, D.C.
Generally graduate students
Deadline:  applications accepted on continuous basis

World Policy Institute
Unpaid internships in international policy research and advocacy by assisting with the production of World Policy Journal.
Advanced undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines:  typically August for fall, December for spring, and February for summer

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Private Sector

AECOM
Paid internships with large international design firm.  Projects include transportation, energy, water, community designs, and green building, Search on "internship" at Search Openings.
Undergraduates and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Esri
Paid summer internships and annual conference information.
Undergraduates (juniors) and graduate students
Deadline: typically March

Hart Howerton Fellowship Program
Paid summer fellowship in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture. Program provides salary for 12-week fellowship and financial assistance for study, travel, and housing.
Undergraduate and graduate students (summer prior to final year in school)
Deadline: typically January

Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
Summer internships in transportation engineering and planning.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  applications accepted on continuous basis, summer deadline may be posted without notice