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 swag

Virtual Orientation

Formal introduction to program goals, the national cohort, and internship preparation

Resource Guide

Handbook of professional development activities to enhance the internship experience

Online Community

Private, virtual hub for program updates, resources, and alumni network Learn More

Alumni Ambassadors

Recruited by the national program to represent and support each university partner

Alumni Mentors

Recruited by each university to meet Fellows one-on-one in support of goal setting and networking

Supportive Supervisors

Assign interns high-level work projects and support networking

Schaeffer Fellows Summit

Explores public service & professional development with the national cohort in D.C. Learn More

Fall Recognition Events

Hosted by each university to recognize Fellows’ individual contributions to public service