Partner institutions facilitate a competitive, internal selection process.

University Partners manage a selective, internal placement process to identify highly qualified undergraduate students whose public service interests align with 10 internships. Universities also pair each Schaeffer Fellow with an internship supervisor and an alumni mentor.


The Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) uses its programming to ignite passion, appreciation and respect for politics and public service in the hearts and minds of every generation.

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The Pace Center for Civic Engagement makes service and civic engagement part of the Princeton student experience. The Princeton Schaeffer Fellows program is administered by Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

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UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, partners with Health Career Connection, a national non-profit, to place Schaeffer Fellows, particularly those from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds, with internships that explore public service through a healthcare lens.

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USC Academic Honors and Fellowships educates the USC community about university awards and nationally competitive fellowships. In partnership with USC’s Federal and State Relations Offices, AHF secures internships with elected officials in Washington D.C. and California.

View USC AHF Website

The Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia, in partnership with the UVA Career Center, specializes in applying presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history to the nation’s contemporary governance challenges.

View UVA Career Center Website