Internships

Schaeffer Fellows Intern at all Levels of Government, Across the U.S.

Schaeffer Fellows earn high-level internships at the local, state, and federal level. Positions are located across the United States but are primarily focused in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Sacramento, Boston, and New York City. Internship selection is coordinated by each University Partner through a competitive application process. Listed below are previous internship sites supported by the program.

Schaeffer Fellows are exposed to government experiences including but not limited to: interacting with government officials and constituents; tracking legislation; conducting research; drafting policy memos or talking points or constituent letters; supporting program development and implementation; assisting with social media; contributing to daily office operations; developing lasting professional networks with government employees and other interns; and attending interagency council meetings, working groups, community events or Congressional hearings.


Federal Level

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Chief Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak, Eastern District of New York
  • Congressmember Nanette Barragán (CA-44)
  • Congressmember Karen Bass (CA-37)
  • Congressmember Xavier Becerra (CA-34)
  • Congressmember Ken Buck (CO-04)
  • Congressmember Matt Cartwright (PA-17)
  • Congressmember Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
  • Congressmember Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)
  • Congressmember Jared Huffman (CA-02)
  • Congressmember Andy Kim (NJ-03)
  • Congressmember Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)
  • Congressmember Ilhan Omar (MN-05)
  • Congressmember Tom Malinowski (NJ-07)
  • Congressmember Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
  • Congressmember Scott Peters (CA-52)
  • Congressmember Jimmy Panetta (CA-20)
  • Congressmember Chris Pappas (NH-01)
  • Congressmember Jared Polis (CO-02)
  • Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
  • Congressmember Ed Royce (CA-39)
  • Congressmember Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
  • Congressmember John P. Sarbanes (MD-03)
  • Congressmember Terri A. Sewell (AL-07)
  • Congressmember Brad Sherman (CA-30)
  • Congressmember Abigail Spanberger (VA-07)
  • Congressmember Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Library of Congress
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Defense University
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Peace Corps
  • Smithsonian National Museum
  • U.S. Agency for Global Media
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)
  • U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)
  • U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
  • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
  • U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (CA)
  • U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (VA)
  • U.S. Senator Martha McSally (AZ)
  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI)
  • U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Refugees
  • The White House – Office of Management; Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

State Level

  • Assemblymember Michael Blake (NY-79)
  • Assemblymember Ed Chau (CA-49)
  • Assemblymember Steven Choi (CA-59)
  • Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (CA-32)
  • Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (CA-56)
  • Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (CA-80)
  • Assemblymember Adam Gray (CA-21)
  • Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (CA-59)
  • Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (CA-54)
  • Assemblymember Young Kim (CA-65)
  • Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Attorney General of New York
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California Department of Health Care Services
  • California Department of Justice, Office of Communications for the Attorney General
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • Covered California External & Governmental Affairs
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Governor of California
  • Governor of Maryland
  • Governor of Massachusetts
  • Secretary of State of Michigan
  • State Senator Eric Lesser (MA)
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell (CA)
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza (CA)
  • State Senator Heather Steans (IL)
  • Veterans Legal Services of Massachusetts
  • Virginia Department of State Police, Criminal Intelligence Division

Local Level

  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
  • Alameda County Public Health
  • Arlington County Department of Human Services
  • Boston City Councilor
  • City of Homestead, FL
  • City of Los Angeles, CA
  • City of Ontario, CA
  • City of Palo Alto, CA
  • City of Richmond, CA
  • City of San Jose, CA – Housing Department
  • Coachella Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District
  • Councilmember Stephanie Lynch, City of Richmond
  • Councilmember Gaby Plascencia, City of Riverside
  • Contra Costa Health Services
  • Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office
  • District of Columbia Department of Health
  • Fluvanna County, VA
  • Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Mayor of Boston, MA
  • Mayor of Detroit, MI
  • Mayor of Long Beach, CA
  • Mayor of Los Angeles, CA – Economic Development; Public Engagement; Immigrant Affairs
  • Mayor of Miami, FL
  • Mayor of Richmond, CA
  • Mayor of Richmond, VA
  • Mayor of San Diego, CA
  • Mayor of Stockton, CA
  • New York City Open Data for All Initiative
  • Orange County Public Defender’s Office
  • Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia
  • Sacramento Department of Public Health
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • San Francisco Public Defender’s Office
  • Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System Administration