Government, Nonprofit, and Nonpartisan Internships

Americana Community Center Marketing and Development Internship

Americana’s Director of Development is seeking a Marketing and Development (Fundraising) Intern this winter/spring to support the organization in discovering and contacting new potential donors and sponsors, developing existing relationships, grant-writing, assisting in coordinating fundraising events, marketing outreach, and social media. Duties: Assist the Director of Development with the coordination and planning of any fundraising events. Help with Social Media and other Marketing efforts. Assist and manage an online database of donors, sponsors, and potential donors/sponsors. Assist and develop innovative ways to effectively engage existing donors and the community. Other duties as assigned. Requirements: Current college student or recent graduate preferred. Interest in Nonprofit, fundraising, social media, grant writing, business development, and marketing. Excellent communication and writing skills. Experience with Excel and/or Google Docs. This is an unpaid internship and will require approximately 10-15 hours per week. The ideal candidate can commit to at least 3 months, and be available for weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with Director.

To apply please visit:

Backside Learning Center Internships

The Backside Learning Center is an independent, non-profit organization serving the equine workers and families at Churchill Downs. Providing adult education programs, after-school and summer youth programs and social services. Our goal is to build community and enrich the lives of equine workers and families by providing the educational opportunities and resources they need to empower themselves and their children. BLC is offering several internships: A Program Assistant Internship, Educational Program Assistant Internship, and ESL Instructor Internship

For information about each of these internships please visit:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Lauren DeGeorge, Director of Programs at

Kentucky Department of Agriculture Internship

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture summer internship program strives to provide opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience, knowledge, and understanding of the governmental process through pre-professional work in various occupational fields. KDA offers students studying majors both directly and indirectly relating to agriculture. Desired career paths include many different areas but are not limited to Agriculture, Education, Computer Science, Marketing, Public Relations, and Pre-Law. Our internships offer an opportunity for individuals seeking a challenging and rewarding experience. Some travel may be expected during the internship and the hours worked will be dependent on the immediate supervisor and internship coordinators. 

Interested applicants can find information about the 2019 Summer Internship here.
Please contact Mark White, at or at (502) 782-0291.

Greater Louisville Inc. Internship

Spring Semester paid internship with Greater Louisville Inc., starting on January 14, 2019. This internship involves support for Greater Louisville Inc.'s Advocacy and Government Affairs team. During your time with GLI, you will learn about the daily operations of a professional government affairs team and develop an in-depth understanding of public policy issues and the legislative process.The position will focus heavily on public policy research and will provide an opportunity to gain direct experience working with a professional government affairs team in Metro Louisville, Frankfort, Indianapolis, and DC. This is a paid internship.

Application deadline is December 8, 2018
For more information and to apply please go to:

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for six to nine month fellowships in Washington, DC focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. Founded in 1987 to develop and train the next generation of leaders on a range of peace and security issues. Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public eduction and advocacy on a range of security issues, including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, non-proliferation, missile defense, weapons trade, environmental and energy security, diplomacy, regional conflicts, and peacebuilding and peacekeeping.

Application Deadline:
Fall 2019 Fellowship - January 7, 2019
For more information about the position, please view the following attachment

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Graduate Fellows Program

May 2019-April 2020. Fellows must be enrolled and taking classes for both the fall and spring semesters of the program. Each fellow will be assigned to work with a nonpartisan legislative committee and will be trained in bill drafting, applied public policy research methods, and support of committee operations. A senior LRC staff person will be assigned to supervise and mentor each fellow and will complete any evaluation forms required by the fellow’s university. LRC Graduate Fellows receive a stipend of $15 per hour.

Application deadline is January 17, 2019
for more information, please view the following attachment.

Hannah KLS Reports Internship

Hannah News is the leading legislative tracking and reporting service in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio & Illinois. The company provides real-time information and reporting tools to legislative professionals following the Kentucky Legislature. Our clients include Kentucky's largest lobbying firms, associations, universities and government entities. The successful applicant will earn an hourly wage of $10.00-$12.00 based on experience.

For more information please visit you can also view the following attachment
Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to:

Running Start Congressional Fellowship

Each spring and fall, eight Running Start Congressional Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process. Running Start is nonpartisan and looks for applicants from across the political spectrum for this program. Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors. Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,500 living stipend for the semester. Since 2009, Running Start has been proud to place Fellows in the offices 70 women in Congress.

For more information go to their website at:
Fall 2019 application due TBA

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain Internship

ADHRB is seeking creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working applicants for a semester-long Advocacy Internship. Through this internship, students will be exposed to hands-on, grassroots advocacy, learning and putting into place strategies for promoting legislative change that will have widespread on the impact the lives of thousands of people. We are happy to work with students seeking academic course credit for their work. This is a remote, unpaid internship that reports directly to the Executive Director and can be undertaken at a student’s university without travel. 

Learn more about the position at: 
If you have any question, please contact Tyler Pry at: 
If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and cover letter in PDF format, name the pdf: SURNAME_Name_CV-CL and email to:  with subject line: University Advocacy Intern.

Vote Smart Internship

The Vote Smart Internship Program in Des Moines, Iowa provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students come to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns.This is an especially great opportunity for recent graduates (internships are available all-year round) as well as current students looking for a full-summer opportunity. 

Visit the website for more information at:
For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Jasmine Farrier at (502) 852-3310 or email at: .

The National Council on U.S. - Arab Relations D.C. Summer Internship

It offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

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The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition Internship

The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, an organization working on policy, legislation, and lobbying in the state, is looking for a political science student to intern with them. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in grassroots organizing and experience many aspects of the Kentucky legislative process. Responsibilities can be tailored to fit the goals an interests of the intern.

For more information about the position, please view the following attachment. Visit the website at:
Contact Mary Kathryn DeLodder at: for more information.

Top Shelf Lobby Internship

This is a competitive internship, which may offer a stipend based on experience and time put it. Applicants should be gifted communicators. Top Shelf Internships offer hands-on experience in the Kentucky General Assembly, and provide real world experience in the world of Lobbying and Public Affairs. We will work with your University schedule but you must be able to commute to Frankfort, KY. Top Shelf Lobby is recognized in Kentucky as the Top Lobbying firm by the Southern Political Report.

For more information about this position, please view the following attachment. For more information about this organization visit the website at: 
Please send a letter of interest and resume to: 

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana Internship

The mission of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana (WAC) is to promote cross-cultural awareness, education and tolerance through nonpartisan discussions on current international issues. Interns can choose one of five different focus areas: Administration, Marketing & Communications, International Visitors Program, Education, and Japanese Outreach.

Learn more about the internships offered and apply on the website at:

Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services Internship

The Louisville Metro Department of Planning and Design Services (PDS) is responsible for administering the policies, programs and regulations that guide the city’s development. We are looking for a dedicated student to help us with the benchmarking research necessary to create a national Open Data standard for planning permit data. The student would be able to lead the research and get support from professionals in Louisville Metro Government as needed. There will also be opportunities to present this work locally and, potentially, nationally.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Joe Reverman at (502) 574-6246 or email at:

Fund for the Arts Internship

Fund for the arts is a regional nonprofit committed to building a vibrant community through the power of the arts. They supports a range of arts organizations and drives accessibility across neighborhoods, schools, community centers, and public spaces.The Fund for the Arts is looking for several interns: an events and volunteer management intern, an impact intern, a workplace campaign intern, and a communication intern.

Please view their website for more information about each internship at:
Anyone interested in the positions please forward your resume and a letter of interest to Morgan Eklund at: 

New Directions Housing Corporation Internship

The mission of New Directions Housing Corporation is to develop and maintain affordable housing and help to create vital communities in partnership with neighborhoods and other stakeholders. All internships are unpaid. However, depending on the internship position, interns will gain experience with local, state, federal, private and foundation grants, compliance, program requirements, funding application procedures, the strategic planning process, data collection, neighborhood marketing and more—while contributing to on-going projects with visible community-level outcomes.

Please send interested resumes and cover letters to: Kitty McKune at:  (502) 719-7106