Program Benefits

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program Works to Make Government Internships Accessible to Talented Undergraduates.

Schaeffer Fellows receive specialized support to complete 10-week, high-level internships at all levels of government.  The professional development curriculum distinguishes the program from other government service internship opportunities and focuses on professionalism, networking, fostering camaraderie and interaction, and utilizing the fellowship as a launchpad for future opportunities.

Fellows make connections with government and private sector leaders and participate in activities customized to support undergraduate students still early on in their career exploration.

Fellowship Stipend

Generous funds to support cost of living & various program accessories

Resource Guide

Handbook of professional development activities to enhance the internship experience

Online Community

Private platform for program updates and resources, and networking with alumni and professional partners Learn More

Virtual Orientation

Introduction to program goals, cohort experience, and government internship expectations

Internship Supervisors

Assign interns high-level work projects and support networking

Schaeffer Fellows Summit

Public service oriented professional development conference for the national cohort Learn More

Alumni Mentors

Alumni recruited by each partner university for one-on-one mentoring to support goal setting and networking

Fall Recognition

Events hosted by each university to recognize Fellows’ individual contributions to public service