I’ll try to update this page with information, internships and other good opportunities for undergrads, especially programs related to politics, public affairs, international affairs, human rights and women and gender studies. If you have (or hear of) any opportunities for undergraduate students or new graduates, please contact me or leave a comment. Thanks to all my students and coworkers who have helped me learn about opportunities for students, especially Prof Megan Ybarra at UW and Dr Monique Bourque at WU’s SAGA Office.
About working in international organizations:
Internships and volunteer opportunities
- WU students, please visit the WU Careers Service. WU students and Salem-area residents, please visit the Office of Community Service Learning.
- Amnesty International USA offers 12-16 week human rights unpaid internships in New York and DC, as well as at its regional offices in Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco (more information here).
Programs and fellowships
- If you are a WU student, make it a point to visit the excellent Student Academic Grants and Awards (SAGA) office for information on student research opportunities, fellowships and scholarships. Check out SAGA’s list of national fellowships.
- The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) offers fellowships and Summer Institutes for college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds. These opportunities are aimed at students interested in graduate studies in public and/or international affairs to groom them for professional roles in public service. For information about eligibility, procedures, go here (more fellowships here). Apply in your sophomore year. (Check out stories about WU students who have been awarded PPIA scholarships here and here!)
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): Empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship, regularly updated list of scholarships that don’t require proof of residency.
- MALDEF list of scholarships for high school, college and graduate students, including DREAMers.
- The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) at Harvard Kennedy School is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations, and meals. The conference is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents in their first or second year of undergraduate studies only. Interviews with former participants here.
- Coro fellows program: The Coro Fellowship uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across the non-profit, business and government sectors. Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences. Oregon students should apply to the San Francisco office.
- CHCI Public Policy Fellowship is a paid Fellowship Program that offers talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor’s degree within two years of the program start date, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in public policy. Fellows have the opportunity to work in congressional offices and federal agencies, depending on their area of interest. Some past focus areas have included international affairs, economic development, health and education policy, housing, or local government. Deadlines are in Jan-Feb.
- CHCI Congressional Internship Program (Fall, Spring and Summer programs): The purpose of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in Federal Agencies. The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first hand about our nation’s legislative process. Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree.
2015 dates Spring: February 7 – May 2, Summer: June 6 – August 1, Fall: August 22 – November 14
- The Kemper scholars program provides financial support for undergraduate students for three years, plus funding for summer internships in the sophomore and junior summers, plus full support for attendance at annual conferences. It also will provide creative opportunities for the development of student leadership by pairing students with executive mentors in non-profit administration, and by sponsoring a network with other Kemper Scholars and program alumni who have achieved notable success in business, politics, and the arts. Fifteen schools are allowed to nominate up to three freshmen for the program each year. Applicants must have strong academic records, an ongoing record of service and leadership, and an interest in a career in business or administration (this may include non-profits or arts organizations). The campus deadline for applications is in mid-January. Read about WU students who are Kemper scholars here.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to Graduating High School Seniors, Community College Transfer Students, Undergraduate Students, and Graduate Students. HSF’s general scholarship application is due on March 30th of every year (but students may apply in February for Priority Consideration)
- WU students, please visit the Careers Service.
- Student Vocational Discernment Grants are sponsored by Willamette University’s Career Center, funded by the Lilly Project. Students are eligible for one Lilly-funded Vocational Discernment Grant of up to $200 during their four years at Willamette. A Vocational Discernment Grant funds educational opportunity for vocational exploration that allows you to explore vocational questions you might have about that subject. Examples may include attending a conference, workshop, meeting, or training session. The experience should contribute to your personal development and relate to service (how can you bring back and use what you are gaining/learning for the betterment of our campus/local/larger community).