Article Spotlight: "Should Your Twentysomething Take An Internship? Sorting Out the Pros and Cons"
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The following is a collection of Arkansas-related internship opportunities.
John Boozman, United States Senator for Arkansas. Are you a college student interested in learning more about the workings of the United States Senate and federal legislation affecting Arkansans? If so, you should consider applying to intern in any of Sen. Boozman's seven offices across Arkansas (Little Rock, Lowell, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Mountain Home, El Dorado, and Stuttgart) or his Washington, D.C. office. Applications are due mid-March for summer session internships in both locations.
Tom Cotton, United States Senator for Arkansas, offers internships in his Washington, D.C. and Arkansas offices, which run through the fall, spring or summer semesters.
Rick Crawford, U.S. Congressman, First District of Arkansas, offers internships in his Washington, D.C. office which run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters. In his Arkansas office, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent casework or work on District-based projects of importance. Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Hill, U.S. Congressman, Second District of Arkansas, has available full-time, unpaid internships for the spring and summer semesters in his Washington, D.C. office. Those interested should send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Steve Womack, U.S. Congressman, Third District of Arkansas, is seeking highly motivated college students to serve as interns in his Washington, D.C. office, as well as his district offices in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Harrison, Arkansas.
The Republican Party of Arkansas is currently offering volunteer internships at their headquarters in Little Rock. Interns will assist primarily with communications, research, and administrative tasks as well as help with projects related to event planning and fundraising. Applicants should apply by emailing a resume and a short description of why they wish to intern at the Republican Party of Arkansas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a collection of non-Arkansas-related internship programs and databases. Some are specifically targeted to minority students, undergraduates, etc. while others are general programs for any interested student.
The ALLIANCE for Global Education provides several opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to build their resumes through a credit-bearing internship in China or India. Application deadlines are March 1 for Summer Term, April 15 for Fall Term, and November 1 for Spring Term. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the earlier you will find out if you’ve been accepted.
The American Enterprise Institute is a private, conservative not-for-profit think tank with its main offices in Washington, D.C. Approximately 45 internship positions are available in areas that include economic policy, foreign and defense policy, social and political studies, public relations, marketing, government relations, and communications. All interns are paired with a scholar or business director whose area of expertise coincides with the intern's own interests. Application deadlines are December 1 (for Spring semester), April 1 (for Summer semester), and September 1 (for Fall semester).
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow must be able to work as an intern for 12-15 weeks in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute during the academic semester in which the fellowship is awarded. Fall and Spring interns will work part-time (15-20 hours per week) and Summer interns will be full-time. Application deadlines are July 17 for Fall, November 20 for Spring, and March 11 for Summer.
The Borgen Project is a national campaign that is focused on global poverty. They offer both in-person internships in their Downtown Seattle office and telecommute internships, which can be can be done from anywhere in the world. These positions operate independently, but must meet weekly deadlines, attend meetings via conference call and submit frequent reports. To apply for internships, email email@example.com and include the position in the subject. Intern candidates must typically go through two interviews and a skills test.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation internship programs bring the policy making process to life. The nation's capital serves as the backdrop for internship programs that offer personal, educational, and leadership development. Students leave these programs better prepared to meet the complex challenges facing current and future generations. CBCF offers three internship programs: the Congressional Internship Program, the Emerging Leaders Internship Program, and the Communications Internship Program, and interns will receive a $3,000 or $4,000 stipend depending on their specific program. Applications are due in June for the Fall programs and November for the Spring programs.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first hand about our nation's legislative process.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute's Global Leaders Program offers a unique internship experience for students to develop their personal, educational, and leadership skills. Opportunity for students to gain exposure to the inner workings of the United States Congress, Federal Government and Washington, D.C.-based think tanks and international institutions.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a branch of the Democratic Party, is the party's national organization dedicated to getting Democrats elected to Congress. Work on behalf of a current or future Member of Congress; establish lasting connections and gain campaign experience! They have four departments to chose from, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis for internship sessions running Spring (January - Mid May), Summer (Late May - Mid August), and Fall (Late August - December).
The Fund for American Studies was founded to help instill in young people an appreciation for the American form of government and the free enterprise system. TFAS sponsors institutes that teach college students about the principles and values upon which the United States was founded. Each institute offers classroom study, internships, and special events. Students in the summer are housed together at Georgetown University while the Capital Semester students live in a newly-renovated intern residence building located on Capitol Hill.
The Green Careers Guide on LearnToBecome.org offers a section on Green Internships, which includes a small sample of the types of internships available to green-minded college students, including the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Heritage Foundation offers paid internship opportunities in research and policy promotion, and is looking for rising juniors and seniors interested in experiencing DC firsthand. This program offers opportunities in research (Asian Studies, Latin America, Russia/Eurasia, national security, international economics, energy, regulatory policy, law, welfare reform, etc.) and policy promotion (marketing, outreach, communications, accounting, business, development, etc.) You can find a full list online of their open positions in policy, promotion, business and more; application deadlines are October 1 (for Spring), February 1 (for Summer) and June 15 (for Fall).
The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program offers internships to Hispanic students who attend institutions that enroll significant numbers of Hispanic Students. Internships are offered in Washington D.C. as well as other locations throughout the country.
Idealist.org is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities, including jobs and internships, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
The National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance, is uniquely qualified to provide students with challenging internship opportunities. These are nationally-competitive internships with a select number of placements made each year. The program consists of a 12-week summer semester internship that usually spans May to August, depending on the student's college schedule. Students receive a $3,500 honorarium for their internship experience.
National Organization for Women (NOW) is a non-profit feminist organization with over 550 chapters nationwide. An important element of our program is comprehensive leadership training. A NOW intern is a commitment to apply the skills learned during the internship and to become, or continue to be, an activists leader. NOW offers both full- and part-time internships throughout the year primarily in Washington, D.C. Interested applicants should apply by March 15 for Summer, June 15 for Fall, and November 1 for Spring.
The New Era Colorado Foundation is a multi-issue nonprofit organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. They have spring, summer, and fall internship programs in Denver and Boulder that train the next generation of young leaders through an intensive, hands-on leadership development program. Interested students should fill out their online application and email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court of the United States offers internships throughout the year. Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students who have completed at least four semesters of coursework, and from graduate students. During their time in the Curator's Office, interns gain a substantial working knowledge of the role and functions of the Supreme Court, its history, and the architecture of the building. Each intern is also assigned to work with a staff member on curatorial projects, such as cataloguing photographs and objects, assisting with the management of visitor programs, caring for historic objects, organizing manuscript collections, and conducting research. Applications are due by March 28th for Summer Session, July 15th for Fall Semester/Quarter, and October 15th for Spring Semester/Quarter and Winter 3-5 Week Session.
Operation Groundswell is a nonprofit organization with the goal to connect young people with enriching travel opportunities that combine critical learning, cross-cultural dialogue, and community service.
The Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates who are American citizens or permanent residents the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo and learn Arabic. Interns spend one academic year working at AUC. In addition to the primary focus on professional development, interns study Arabic through AUC’s School of Continuing Education, benefit from faculty privileges such as faculty housing and library access, and enjoy AUC-sponsored trips to discover the culture and history of Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East.
The Project Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our high tech research center in the Montana Rockies for ten weeks to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. This year, Vote Smart has announced that they will provide three scholarships to University of Arkansas students to work at its Great Divide Research Retreat during the coming Presidential Election cycle. Additional information and applications for Vote Smart internships are available on Vote Smart's website, or call 1-888-VOTE-SMART and ask for Melanie Magnotto, our internship host and advisor.
Public Policy and International Affairs offers unpaid internships in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Internships are open to undergraduate Juniors and Seniors and graduate students. These internships are an excellent opportunity to gain substantial professional experience, engage with prominent leaders from across the country, and gain valuable experience with an entrepreneurial, mission-driven organization. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to email@example.com.
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends along with a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.
The Republican National Committee internships are available within each of their divisions. Applications for both Spring and Fall are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no official deadline. The RNC's Summer Internship Program is the Eisenhower Intern Program; this is a structured, full-time program and space is limited, so application materials are due in mid-February.
The Sierra Club is one of our nation's largest grassroots conservation organizations. Their statement of purpose is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth. They have several different internship opportunities in their San Francisco (home office), and Washington, D.C. locations.
The Trust Women Foundation is a dynamic, emerging non-profit that focuses on facilitating reproductive freedom presently in the Midwest and the South. Trust Women offers both in-house and virtual internships, and is seeking motivated, take-charge interns who aren’t afraid to take the reins and make their own path. To become a Trust Women intern, applicants must be hard-working and dedicated, with a passion for reproductive justice and an openness to learning. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and at least three letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical
experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand first-hand
the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.
The United States Department of State offers two internship programs, the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid), and the Pathways Program (paid), both of which enable students to obtain job experience in a foreign affairs environment.
The United States House of Representatives offers numerous internship positions both in Washington, D.C. and at Congressional district offices through out the nation. The application process takes time and effort, often requiring essays and interviews.
The Washington Center is a nonprofit organization that helps locate internships on Capitol Hill and in the Washington D.C. area. Offered primarily in Washington, D.C. and selected cities abroad, the internship programs consist of a substantive work experience tailored to the student's interests, academic coursework, and civic and leadership programming.
The Washington Internship Institute is a project of the Institute for Experiential Learning (IEL), an educational nonprofit organization, is committed to individual development through excellence in experiential education. Active learning by participants, including disciplined reflection about individual goals, intercultural competence, and personal attention from IEL staff, are at the heart of IEL's mission. They offer resources for obtaining internships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors offer first-hand knowledge and practical experience for all majors.
The White House is one of the most prestigious internships that any student can obtain providing a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Applications, Timelines and FAQ.
WISH Internships is a division of Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH), a Capitol Hill institution that has served interns, internship coordinators and universities for 20 years. WISH Internships matches qualified students with premier internships in the nation’s capital, and partners with government agencies, Congressional offices, advocacy groups, think tanks, multinational corporations, trade associations, the court system, and the media, providing internships in American government & politics, business & consulting, international relations & conflict resolution, and media & communications. Suggested application deadlines are as follows: April 1 for Summer, June 15 for Fall, and November 15 for Spring.
The Women's Foreign Policy Group believes that it is crucial to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that women leaders are fully engaged in finding new approaches and solutions. At their programs, interns meet with accomplished international affairs professionals and learn from their career paths. Part-time internships are unpaid or for college credit; full-time interns who commit to 3.5 months during the school year or 3 months during the summer are eligible for a $1,000 stipend. All interns must be available to work a minimum of two full days per week. Application deadlines are as follows: November 25th (for Spring); April 1st (for Summer); and August 8th (for Fall).