IOP Student Interns work closely with the Institute of Politics staff to facilitate operations and programming, playing a central role in supporting the IOP's many activities and events. Interns will gain valuable knowledge and skills in public and social service as well as in politics and policymaking.
The IOP's Student Internship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. All internship positions at the IOP are paid and work-study eligible. We will recruit for the following internship positions each March. IOP student interns will be selected by the end of April and will be trained by the outgoing intern in May. Interns will then serve in these roles from September-June each academic year.
- Events Internship
- Communications Internship
- Fellows Program Internship
- Speaker Series Internship
- Internship Programs Internship
- Student Civic Engagement Internship
- House Manager Internship
Events Internship: This student helps manage the logistics for all of the IOP's events and speaker series. The intern will have the chance to connect directly with our guest speakers and to learn in-depth how both large and small events are organized, marketed, and executed.
Communications Internship: This student is responsible for planning and coordinating our social media communications. Working with Communications Manager, Esther Kang, you will be responsible for a large portion of the public messaging about the IOP and our events and other programs.
Fellows Program Internship: This intern works with the Fellows Program staff to recruit new fellows, manage the Fellows Ambassador program, and prepare materials for Fellows weekly seminars. As we enter the second year of the Fellows Program, this individual will have a large role in shaping the future of the IOP's programs. Reliability and enthusiasm for public service is a must.
Speaker Series Internship: This student assists Steve Edwards, the Deputy Director, Programming, with developing the IOP's quarterly programs. Tasks include, but are not limited to, developing guest speaker invitation lists, writing invitation text and other collateral, preparing event briefs, and working with special guests to prepare presentation materials.
Internship Programs Internship: This position supports the Assistant Director, Internship Programs, and helps manage the logistics for the IOP's substantive and extensive summer internship program. This student will help organize data and information about internships, employers, and other opportunities for students.
Student Civic Engagement Internship: This intern helps supports the IOP's student civic engagement projects, which include in-depth community engagement opportunities and trips and site visits. The intern reports to the Senior Associate Director, Internships and Student Civic Engagement.
House Manager Internship: This upperclassman or graduate student works closely with our Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Katrina Mertens, to ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the Institute of Politics. This includes welcoming students and guests to our house, tending to phone calls, and maintaining senior staff and event schedules. The opportunity to meet many interesting people, free coffee, and Katrina’s wonderful baked goods are just some of the perks!