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.
Generous funds to support cost of living & various program swag
Formal introduction to program goals, the national cohort, and internship preparation
Handbook of professional development activities to enhance the internship experience
Recruited by the national program to represent and support each university partner
Recruited by each university to meet Fellows one-on-one in support of goal setting and networking
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