Nonpartisan Internships

Judiciary Internship

The United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky is accepting applications for a one-year term student internship as part of the Model Intern Diversity Pilot Program offered through the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. This program is built on a foundation of diversity and innovation and exists to expose, develop and place talented and under-served undergraduate students in paid internships in federal courts around the country, and to prepare them for future employment opportunities within the federal judiciary.

This unique, year-long internship is being offered to rising junior and senior undergraduate students. The position will be headquartered in Louisville, KY and will include rotations with the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts and the Probation and Pretrial Services division for the Western District of Kentucky. The incumbent will work full-time (no more than 40 hours per week) during the Summer semester and part-time (no more than 20 hours per week) during the Fall and Spring semesters. The incumbent will report directly to a U.S. District Judge and will work directly with federal judicial officers, court unit executives, federal practitioners, probation officers, and other court system professionals, performing or assisting in the performance of a variety of judicial, legal, and/or administrative functions within the federal judiciary. The intern will function as a student trainee.

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Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Internship

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security offers unpaid spring, summer, and fall internships.  Although the internship is unpaid, students can get college credit for attending.  Internships are currently virtual, in-person, or hybrid depending on the needs of each applicant.  Applicants should expect to allocate 10-12 hours per week in order to get college credit, and tasks may be assigned on an "as needed" basis.   Students must be able to pass a background check.

Students with a homeland security focus will be assigned to one or more Fusion Center analysts and will assist with various tasks pertaining to the associated threat portfolio(s).  These areas of focus include: Critical Infrastructure, Domestic Terrorism, International Terrorism, Organized Crime, School Safety (K-12)

Click here to learn more and apply.


Office of Housing Paid Internship

We are looking for student interns to help the Office of Housing process rental assistance applications for residents facing eviction court. The internship is limited to 12 months. We accept new intern applicants year round. Any major is welcome. Interns handle intake, application processing, invoicing and other administrative duties. Several of our interns have move onto full time employment after the completion of the internship! This placement is a fantastic resume builder, great real world experience and is making a real impact in our community. Also, we pay $15 per hour. Louisville Metro Government has been recognized by the White House as one of the most well run eviction prevention programs in the country!

Requirements:  

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum of 12 hours per week of availability
  • Must be enrolled in a class or classes
  • Good communication skills & ability to work independently

Interested interns should send their resume to Megan McGinn and Hettie Bailey: hettie.bailey@louisvilleky.gov.


Judicial Campaign Internship

Volunteer interns needed to assist with judicial campaign.  Duties: fundraising, publicity, contacts, campaign strategy, and organization, including phone calls, knocking on doors, attending events, coordinating other volunteers, updating databases, sending letters and cards, etc.  Time commitment: From 5-15 hours per week through April and beyond.  

Learn more by first visiting our campaign website at www.gilbertforjudge.com, and then calling (502) 554-1618.


Freedom House Fellowship

Freedom House is recruiting for the Freedom in the World Junior Fellowship. The Junior Fellows are responsible for managing the research for one of six geographic regions covered by Freedom in the World, Freedom House’s publication that analyzes political rights and civil liberties in over 200 countries and territories. The Fellowship is a nine-month, fixed term, salaried position with a generous benefits package. The Fellowship will run from on or around July 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. The application is now live here: https://freedomhouse.org/careers/freedom-world-junior-fellowship, as well as on Handshake. Eligible applicants must complete their undergraduate degree between Fall 2021 and June 2022, and must not be completing or have completed graduate studies.

Freedom House is hosting two information sessions for interested students to learn about Freedom House and Freedom in the World. They will also hear from and can ask questions to current fellows about their experience. These sessions will be held via Zoom on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 28th 1pm-1:45pm ET
  • Friday, February 4th 11am-11:45am ET

Interested students can register via Handshake, or by emailing FIWFellowship@freedomhouse.org. Any questions pertaining to the Fellowship, students should contact FIWFellowship@freedomhouse.org.


Social Media Intern for the UofL Office of Community Engagement 

This internship will provide the student the opportunity to develop and enhance UofL Office of Community Engagement (OCE) communications via social media and our website. The intern’s main objective will be to produce social media content for Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc., highlighting UofL’s community engagement activities across the institution, and helping to share these stories with the world, while growing the subscriber base to OCE social accounts. Secondary duties will include content development and editing for the OCE website, contributions to OCE newsletters, etc. 

Please send your resume to Pat Smith - pat.smith@louisville.edu 


Garden Internship

Serve as the primary point-person and coordinator to encourage others (particularly students, but staff, faculty, and community members as well) to utilize and learn from our campus food gardens and edible landscaping. Set up, staff, and promote a regular series of group workdays and educational, hands-on workshops in the garden. Manage garden planning and work planning to maintain the gardens, greenhouse, compost bins, and rain barrels (with the help of volunteers) year-round. Establish and maintain signage in the garden to encourage participation, informing people of future workdays/workshops and what's available to harvest. Keep plants well-labeled so that those unfamiliar with growing food can easily identify things.

Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575, justin.mog@louisville.edu


Judicial Campaign Internship

Interns needed to Campaign for Shannon Fauver for Judge. If you are interested in getting a deep understanding of judicial campaigns and how races work, please consider this opportunity.

Time Commitment/Duties: Depending on the week, at least 10-20 hours per week. Hours will include evenings and weekends, and will vary every week, but most weeknight events wouldn’t go past 8pm. All interns will have a few primary functions including (but not limited to): 1) Managing posts to on social media, Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc. for events. 2) attending events with the candidate and work with any donations given at events.

If interested, email shannnon@fauverlaw.com.  See fauverforjudge.com website for more information on the campaign.


College Student Congress

Applications are now open for the Henry Clay Center’s fully funded, public-policy summer program – the College Student Congress! This two-week program in  Lexington, Kentucky, and  Washington, D.C. is an ideal academic and professional experience for current college juniors interested in politics, public policy, law, and government. The 12th annual College Student Congress will take place from  June 6th to June 17th, 2022. Fifty-one students will be selected to attend – one student representing each state and the District of Columbia. Throughout the program, students will have opportunities to research and write public policy on current national issues, meet diverse peers from across the country, develop new interpersonal and leadership skills, and interact with guest speakers in Lexington and D.C. Previous policy topics have included healthcare, criminal justice reform, immigration, affordable housing, national debt, U.S. foreign policy, and much more. 

Each student receives a full scholarship to cover the cost of attendance, including transportation, housing, meals, and program materials.  Applications can be found on: www.henryclaycenter.organd are available through December 22nd.


The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) hosts Washington, D.C. – based and virtual Academic Internship Programs for undergraduate students each summer, fall and spring. TFAS programs include academic credit from George Mason University, an internship placement and furnished housing in the heart of Washington, D.C. Students participate in a variety of exclusive guest lectures, site briefings as well as professional development and networking events. The program guarantees an internship placement. Dedicated staff works to match students with an internship that fits their interests, skills, and career goals. Placements areas are specific to program track.

Public Policy + Economics: Federal agencies, think tanks, policy groups, law firms, Congressional offices and non-governmental organizations.
International Affairs: Congressional offices, embassies, think tanks and international nongovernmental organizations.
Business + Government Relations: Government affairs offices of large corporations, industry trade associations, and lobbying firms.

To learn more and apply go to DCinternships.org


Communications Paid Internship

GLI, the Louisville Metro Chamber of Commerce, (https://www.greaterlouisville.com/) is looking for a spring communications intern to begin in early January. The paid internship will mainly focus on communicating policy-related issues that are aligned with GLI’s state legislative agenda. The candidate will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience writing about and responding to complicated legislative issues and develop an understanding of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Click here to apply.


Judical Internship Program

The College Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program supports diverse and underrepresented college students who are committed to bringing their unique voice to the legal field. The Sotomayor Program’s College Division includes (1) an LSAT boot camp to focus the college students on the best law school to which they can gain entry, (2) rigorous academic, professional, and personal programming from legal research and writing to professional branding, wellness coaching, and soft skill trainings, and (3) our signature judicial internship experience to provide practical experience and mentorship opportunities. Our hope is to provide college students with the skills and resources necessary to successfully apply to law school and become a practicing attorney.

For our Summer 2021 program, the SCS JIP College program will run for 8 weeks on a full-time basis and include a 4-week judicial internship and a 4-week LSAT Prep program. Due to COVID-19 concerns, some portion or all aspects of the internship may be held in a virtual format. Click here to learn more about this internship.


Kentuckiana Stroke Association Leadership Internship

This is a part-time approximately 4-hours per week, unpaid internship . The internship is for as little as 12 weeks up to 2 years and will give an insight into the key skills required to lead and develop a nonprofit organization.

Advocacy Leadership Development – Meet with members of local hospitals, doctors offices, rehab centers and staffers in Kentuckiana. Advocate awareness at various business, political and community events; mobilize individuals to support awareness in their community by getting involved with KSISA.
Fundraising Development – Learn how to fundraise. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
Recruitment – Update volunteer postings; inform groups and classes of openings, introduction to recruitment platforms and listening in to volunteer interviews.
Marketing and Promotion – Pitch story ideas to print, broadcast and digital media and utilize social media and develop strategies for web-based messaging.

Qualifications: a self-starter who can produce great results with limited supervision, strong oral communication skills, ability to lead meetings, and give speeches.

To apply, contact: Carrie Orman at 


Kentuckiana Stroke Association Social Media Internship

This is a part-time approximately 4-hours per week, unpaid internship. The internship is for as little as 12 weeks up to 2 years and will give an insight into the key skills required to lead and develop a nonprofit organization. This internship is non-paid, but you are guaranteed to gain invaluable work experience in an exciting and ever growing non-profit! We promise you won't be stuck behind a desk filing papers all day! Most tasks can be done from comfort of your home or dorm!

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
*Computer experience and knowledge including proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
*Knowledge of squarespace, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms
*Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
*Ability to meet deadlines and work independently
*Excellent organization skills and demonstrated attention to detail
*Ability to provide excellent customer service

To apply, contact: Carrie Orman at


Human Rights Measurement Initiative Internship

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative offers remote internships to students at all levels, from all parts of the world. We particularly welcome interns from the Global South and those who have difficulty accessing internships because of their locations, or other reasons. Applications are welcome throughout the year, with start dates every quarter. 

HRMI is an independent, non-profit, global collaboration of academics and practitioners. We measure human rights, and track the progress of countries. You can see annual scores on our Rights Tracker

HRMI interns quickly become core members of our team, and are able to contribute their thoughts and opinions in all areas of our work, as well as doing a range of useful, important tasks that help us serve the human rights community with relevant data. We are looking for highly-motivated, reliable, senior students with a demonstrated interest in international human rights. The ability to learn to work with data is important. We are able to tailor your internship to suit your skills and background. 

HRMI is a globally-distributed, friendly team. We love welcoming new team members and would be glad to host you. For more information, and to get in touch, please visit the HRMI website.  


Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Unpaid Internship Opportunity

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with DEA Special Agents, Diversion Investigators and Intelligence personnel at the DEA Louisville Division Office over a 3-12 month period.  Interns will gain valuable experience and insight into Federal law enforcement operations, setting themselves up for a bright future in many fields.  This internship is open to a wide array of academic majors, to include Accounting and Finance, Criminal Justice and Political Science.

To apply please send a letter of enrollment, transcript, resume, a completed drug questionnaire, a completed OF-360, and a completed student volunteer agreement to Angelica Lawrence at


Parker Dewey Micro-Internships

Through micro-internships, students can gain professional experience, explore career paths, and develop professional networks. Unlike a traditional internship, these projects typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and students can be selected for multiple micro-internships. When you are launching your career, Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this?

Click here to learn more.


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. Tasks will include attending and taking notes at committee meetings, miscellaneous research, bill monitoring, scheduling and attending meetings with policymakers, and others. This will be a budget session, so you can expect to work on budget-related items as well. 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 organization visit the website at: http://topshelflobby.com/ 
Please send a letter of interest and resume to: 


Environmental Internship Program

The Earth & Spirit Center Environmental Internship Program is an opportunity for college students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to better care for the earth. This internship program provides you with practical, hands-on environmental project opportunities on our 27-acre campus of woods, fields, gardens, and waterways.Interns will have the opportunity to develop oral, written, and digital communication skills, including social media, and fundraising.  The program includes regular mentoring and supervision by qualified environmental experts. We offer these internships in the spring, summer and fall of each year. 

For more information and to apply, click here.


Kentucky Environmental Public Health Tracking Internship

The environment is our air and water, as well as the all of our natural and built surroundings. Environmental causes of diseases are often hard to identify. At EnviroHealthLink, we try to better understand environmental causes of disease by tracking environmental factors and health outcomes. Tracking is type of health surveillance that includes how we collect, interpret, and report data about hazards in the environment, populations that may have been exposed to these hazards, and health problems that may be related to these exposures.

Visit their website at: https://kyibis.mc.uky.edu/ehl/about/EnviroHealthLink.html
For more information on the internship please contact Rhiannon Simon at


The Council of State Governments Internships

The Council of State Governments (www.csg.org) is the nation’s only nonpartisan and nonprofit membership organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG works with legislators to share best practices in policy and programming across all 50 states, as well as the territories. They are currently looking for fellows, both graduate and undergraduate, to work over the summer and during the school year. Fellows would conduct research on a variety of policy areas including workforce development, health, disability policy, education, and a number of other topic areas. They may also have the opportunity to work with state policy makers from all over the United States. Fellowships are paid and open to all. We are looking for driven, engaged, and dedicated students interested in political science, policy, economics, and any other areas relevant to our work.

For more information please click here.


Waterfront Botanical Gardens Internships

Limited paid and unpaid opportunities (for college credit only) exist during the year, typically on a semester to semester basis, and include opportunities in: marketing, horticulture, curation, education, and general business administration. College students interested in internships with Waterfront Botanical Gardens should email a letter-of-interest and a current resumé to info@waterfrontgardens.org


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://runningstart.org/college-programs/


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.


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