The mission of the Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program is to expose talented undergraduate students to government operations through high-level summer internships and to encourage engaged citizenship.

The program was founded in 2015 with generous funding from Leonard Schaeffer. Since then, the program has grown to support fifty Schaeffer Fellows annually from five partner universities: Harvard University, Princeton University, U.C. Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and the University of Virginia. Fellows work full-time for ten weeks over the summer at all levels of government and receive a stipend for cost of living. Fellows are also supported with additional resources including alumni mentorship, a tailored Resource Guide, access to the Schaeffer Fellows Online Community, and the Schaeffer Fellows Summit – a fully funded professional development conference hosted in Washington, D.C.

Your contribution to the program can support Shaeffer Fellows working full-time in government, the professional development offerings facilitated by the program, and opportunities for future expansion of the program. For more information, contact the Schaeffer Fellows program at