Internships & Job Sites to Consider

This list of internships and jobs is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all opportunities in this particular career path. Rather, this page offers a sampling of different options for students interested in careers in Government, Politics, and Public Policy. Additional resources can be found online and in-person at the Career Center.

Find out more about jobs and internships at the Career Center page: The Tunnel: Job and Internship Postings. Career Center internship database: Where have Carleton students interned?

Additionally, thanks to the generosity of former Carls (alumni and parents), there are a number of funding opportunities that may be able to support your internship. Take a look at the Career Center’s list of funding opportunities for internships to determine whether you might be able to apply for internship funding.


American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU) Internship
The ACLU of Minnesota accepts both law students and undergraduate students as unpaid interns.

America Votes: Political and Field Internship
America Votes works across the country with over 300 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, expand access to the ballot, coordinate issue advocacy and election campaigns, and protect every American's right to vote.

California Governor's Office Internship
The Governor's Office Internship Program is designed for undergraduate students of all majors and backgrounds who have an interest in politics, California government and public service. Internships are for students looking for real world experience in a uniquely high-profile government office. Internships are available in a variety of offices including, but not limited to Constituent Affairs, Appointments, Legislative Affairs and Press.

CHCI Congressional Internship
The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of eight to twelve weeks. This unmatched experience allows students to learn first hand about our nation's legislative process.

Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program. Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students.

City of Chicago Internships
Internships and volunteer experiences with the City of Chicago.

Center for Strategic & International Studies Internships
CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.

DC Internships
Washington, DC is the perfect place to spend a summer or semester. Our programs provide furnished housing in the heart of DC, roommate matching based on compatibility criteria, and planned cultural outings, social activities, and tours of Washington institutions – all to help ensure that you have the DC experience of a lifetime.

FairVote Internship Program
FairVote's year-round internship program provides an opportunity for those with an interest in electoral reform and election research to work on substantive projects. Each intern is paired with a staff member to achieve specific goals, but is also exposed to the broader workings of FairVote—including legal work with law students, research, communications, advocacy, website development, fundraising, and blogging.

Partnership for Public Service: go government
Entry-level talent provides government with skilled individuals essential to revitalizing the federal workforce, meeting key competencies and directly filling mission-critical positions.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States: Career Opportunities
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe.

Harvard Kennedy School Think Tank Search
Think Tanks across the United States

NASPAA: Finding an Internship
This page from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) provides tips for finding internships and a short list of internships in the federal government and non-profits.

New America Foundation Internship Opportunities
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Internship Programme
The aim of the programme is to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in a few other NATO bodies.

Office of Governor Mark Dayton Internships
The Office of Governor Mark Dayton Internship Program is a great opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students and recent graduates interested in serving their state and working toward building a better Minnesota.

Project Vote Smart: The National Internship Program
The Project Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our high tech research center in the Montana Rockies for ten weeks to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Project Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns.

Public Service Careers
PublicServiceCareers.org is the most authoritative and widely used website for finding jobs, career advice, and information on degrees in public service and public affairs. It is sponsored by the three most prominent organizations in professional public service and education: the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the American Society for Political Administration (ASPA), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

United Nations Careers
The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with our people. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations.

U.S. Department of State: Job Search Websites by Job Field
Alumni Directory: US Department of State

The White House Internship: A Public Service Leadership Program
The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.