How to Search for a DC Public Policy Internship
How to Search for a Public Policy Summer Internship in DC
Handshake is an excellent resource for Villanovans searching for professional opportunities. There are a few ways you can search for public policy opportunities on Handshake. It is recommended to try several of these filters since the results provided in each filter will not display a full list.
1) Search by keyword, “public policy”
2) Search by location, “Washington DC”
3) Search by job function. Common job functions might include (but are not limited to): community and social service, education/teaching/training, fundraising & event management, political organizing/lobbying, writing/editing
4) Search by industry. Common industries might include (but are not limited to): government – local, state & federal, international affairs, legal & law enforcement, NGO, non-profit, politics, research, social assistance
5) Search by label “public policy ops” – specifically identified by Villanova through a relationship
II) Company’s website
Research organizations that offer internships in public policy including think tanks, government agencies, and corporations involved in governmental/political affairs.
A few examples of these organizations include American Express, AALU, Bipartisan Policy Center, Democracy Fund, Thorn Run Partners and US Travel.
If you find an organization who works in a policy you are interested in, go to their website and search their careers page. You can also Google “[name of organization] internships”.
III) NovaNetwork’s Public Policy Society Group
Go toto connect directly with members of the Public Policy Society, who are alumni or friends of Villanova who work in key public policy roles and seek to support students as they explore meaningful careers in Washington, D.C.
Once logged in, click on “Groups” and search “Villanova Public Policy Society”.
Review the discussion board for job/internship announcements.
Connect with members by reaching out to them through the NovaNetwork and requesting a brief conversation, or “informational interview” to learn more about public policy, how they got started, industry trends, and how to search for an internship.
If you have secured an internship and require financial support, you may be eligible to receive funding through the generosity of a number of donors. Funding is limited, and all student requests might not be honored. We strive to meet the needs of all students, but sometimes, we cannot due to lack of funds or late requests. Please complete the application form for consideration.
If you would like more assistance on searching for public policy opportunities, contact the University Career Center or OUS.