Nonprofit and Nonpartisan Internships

Washington D.C. Internship Scholarship

This year, the Department of Political Science Alumni Council is launching an exciting new initiative. We plan to offer scholarships to support three students’ internship-related expenses in Washington, DC in Summer, 2019. DC internships are crucial for resume-building and networking, but these opportunities can be out-of-reach for many students at UofL. Our goal is to offer a substantial stipend for living expenses. You must be a Political Science major, but you do not need to have a placement lined up to apply. 

For more information please view the following attachment.
To apply: fill out the simple Google form and email a one-page resume and one-page cover letter of interest to Dr. Farrier at 
Due by October 15th


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.

For more information and to apply please go to: https://gli.applicantpool.com/jobs/279464.html


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 www.hannahnews.com you can also view the following attachment
Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to: eschrage@hannah-ky.com

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: https://runningstartonline.org/programs/congressional-fellowship
Spring 2019 application due October 15th
Fall 2019 application due TBA


Frankfort Internship

The Political Science Department is now accepting applications for the Frankfort Legislative Internship Program. This program was established to provide University of Louisville students with an opportunity to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment. The interns work in individual legislator’s offices and assist with their activities and work functions. Interns serve from the beginning of the session in January 2019 until one week after the adjournment of the legislative session (early March). Students will need to travel to Frankfort on each Tuesday and Thursday from approximately 9am-5pm. Any student applying for the program must be willing to commit for the entire time of the internship. Reimbursement of travel expenses up to $250 per semester. The internship counts for 3 academic credit hours. 

To download the application click here
Interested Students should contact Dr. Jason Gainous by October 31st at
Please include the completed application, one page cover letter, resume, and transcript in your email


Lead for America

Lead for America recruits, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, supporting our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. Lead for America is a diverse and dynamic movement of leaders who believe in the transformative potential of local government to build community and tackle the toughest challenges.

For more information about the position, please view the following attachment and check out their website at: https://www.lead4america.org/apply
Due by November 1, 2018


Henry Clay Center 2019 College Student Congress

The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship is excited to announce the 11th annual College Student Congress from May 13-24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky and Washington, D.C. One student from each state in the union will be selected to join us for a two-week program focused on developing our country's future statesmen and women. Participants may also have an opportunity to be placed in summer internships in Washington, D.C. Each student receives a full scholarship for attendance, including program fees, housing, meals, and air transportation.

Visit the website to learn more information and to apply: http://www.henryclaycenter.org/site/studentcongress/
Due by November 9, 2018.


 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:
Spring 2019 Fellowship - October 1, 2018
Fall 2019 Fellowship - January 7, 2019
For more information about the position, please view the following attachment


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: https://www.adhrb.org/2018/08/2018-university-advocacy-internship/ 
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: https://votesmart.org/internships/
For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Jasmine Farrier at (502) 852-3310 or email at: j.farrier@louisville.edu .


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.

Visit the website for more information at: https://ncusar.org/internship


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: http://kentuckyhomebirthcoalition.com/.
Contact Mary Kathryn DeLodder at: 
mkdelodder@gmail.com 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: http://topshelflobby.com/ 
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: https://www.worldkentucky.org/get-involved/internships/


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: joe.reverman@louisvilleky.gov


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: https://fundforthearts.org/engage/interns/
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