The Schaeffer Fellows Program Strives to Make Summer Internships in Government 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.

The Schaeffer Fellows professional development curriculum is grounded in four key themes:

  1.    Reflecting on vision and values
  2.    Exploring leadership lessons
  3.    Collaborating and networking
  4.    Developing transferable skills

These themes are explored through a variety of in-person and virtual sessions throughout the summer, including an online orientation, the Schaeffer Fellows Summit in Washington, D.C., and in-person or online sessions with our partnering think tanks and research centers.

  •  Fellowship Stipend supports cost of living and travel.
  • Schaeffer Fellows Online Community offers Fellows, alumni, and program partners a platform for networking, collaboration, and mentorship.
  • Virtual Orientation in the spring reviews program expectations, provides tips for success in the internship, and encourages interaction between all 50 Fellows.
  • Resource Guide tailors resources and activities for pre-, mid-, and post-internship preparation and reflection.
  • Schaeffer Fellows Summit hosts national cohort in Washington, D.C. for professional conference with guest public service leaders and site visits.
  • Fall Recognition Events formally recognizes Fellows for their contributions to public service.