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. Schaeffer Fellows are selected as part of the Director’s Internship Program.

View Harvard IOP Website

The Pace Center for Civic Engagement makes service and civic engagement part of the Princeton student experience. Princeton Schaeffer Fellows are selected through Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS).

View Pace Center Website

The Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service engages Cal students in public life through internships, public events, and the presence of distinguished campus visitors. UC Berkeley Schaeffer Fellows are selected for local government summer internships.

View UC Berkeley Website

USC Academic Honors and Fellowships educates the USC community about university awards and internationally competitive fellowships. In partnership with USC’s Federal and State Relations Offices, AHF identifies internship opportunities for USC undergraduates.

View USC AHF Website

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

View UVA Career Center Website