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The Internship Program

BPC offers full-time summer, and part-time fall and spring internships each academic semester. Qualified candidates will be highly motivated and energetic self-starters. Interns will assist individual projects and departments in several capacities and should be enthusiastic about working on a variety of tasks. Candidates must be team players and express an interest in one of the BPC’s various policy projects or functional areas.

During the summer semester, all projects/departments accept interns. However, during the fall and spring semesters, only some teams accept interns. Please see below for the list of teams accepting interns for the upcoming semester as well as for a comprehensive list of our projects/departments.

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Semester Programs

During the fall and spring semesters, internships are part-time. Applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Please refer to the section below for details on the upcoming academic semester:

Spring 2020

Spring interns are assigned to a specific BPC project or functional area and will receive a $1,500 stipend for work throughout the semester. Interns must be rising juniors or above. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply but must have a valid work permit or visa verifying eligibility to work in the United States. We do not offer visa sponsorship. 

Interns will provide administrative support, assist with events and meetings, conduct research and assist with the development and writing of reports, white papers and proposals. While interns work closely with their project teams, there are also opportunities to learn from and be exposed to the wide range of issues addressed by the organization. 

BPC semester programs are flexible, allowing students to gain valuable experience while maintaining their regular class schedules. 

Summer Program

BPC has a robust summer internship program. Interns work full time and are assigned to a specific BPC project or functional area. Summer interns will receive a $2,500 stipend for ten weeks of work and must be rising juniors or above, but are not required to be enrolled in school at the time of application. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, but must have a valid work permit or visa verifying eligibility to work in the United States. We do not offer visa sponsorship.

Interns provide administrative support, assist with events and meetings, conduct research and assist with the development and writing of reports, white papers and proposals. While interns work closely with their project teams, there are also opportunities to learn from and be exposed to the wide range of issues addressed by the organization.

2018 Summer Intern Katie Hancock at Mount Rushmore wearing her BPC Summer Internship shirt

Summer internships: March 1

Fall internships: September 1

Spring internships: January 15

  • Application Deadlines

    Summer internships: March 1

    Fall internships: September 1

    Spring internships: January 15

  • Application Process

    Please submit all required materials via email to [email protected]. Please do not send multiple submissions. Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to contact those who have not been selected for an internship. No phone calls please.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Required Materials

    Cover Letter – please indicate your top two areas of interest from BPC’s project and functional areas listed above.

    Resume

    Writing Sample of approximately 3 pages

    College or university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

    Please provide phone and email contact information for 1-2 references, including a professor or other individual familiar with your work.

Robert F. Bennett Internship Award

The Robert F. Bennett Award was established in 2016 in memory of a consummate legislator who served Utah and the nation with tremendous distinction for three terms in the United States Senate. Following his tenure in public office, he made invaluable contributions to the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) as a senior fellow as well as the law firm Arent Fox as a senior policy advisor.

The award will be presented each summer to one or two BPC interns and Arent Fox summer associate(s) who best exemplify Senator Bennett’s commitment to public service and desire to make a difference.

BPC will present a $1,500 award to each recipient. BPC’s Selection Committee will comprise a cross-section of BPC management, senior fellows and project directors.

BPC and Arent Fox will host a joint end-of-summer luncheon to honor the career of Senator Bennett and recognize the award winners

FAQs

The Bipartisan Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and believes that our work benefits from diversity across the organization. Decisions to hire and promote are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local law. We seek to reach a broad and diverse candidate pool in filling our positions.