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About The Academy Internship Program

The Academy Internship Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to address critical and timely government challenges and consider careers in public service.

Internships are unpaid but provide opportunities to gain experience in the Academy operations and learn from leaders in all areas of public administration. We offer internships throughout the year and accommodate all academic schedules, including semesters (spring, summer, fall) and quarters. The description of the internships is below. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Diane Irving, Director of Human Resources at dirving@napawash.org.

Internship in the Office of the Director of Fellow Engagement

This internship provides the opportunity to work directly with the Director of Fellow Engagement on a variety of tasks related to the Fellows and Board members, such as: researching specific information, writing, and editing requested materials, and attending project panel meetings as well as shadowing a staff member on other projects. This internship will assist with staffing the Academy’s Standing Panels and help with many Fellow initiatives.

Internship with Academy Study Teams

The intern will be assigned to shadow a project staff on one or more Academy studies. Tasks will include but are not limited to reviewing the literature, and attending group conferences and study-related interviews, writing notes to clarify the intern’s understanding of study topics, reviewing various documents, and providing support for the day-to-day operations. For more information on the Academy, studies click on the link: https://www.napawash.org/studies/academy-studies/

Internship in the Office of the Director of Strategic Initiatives – Grand Challenges, Agile Government Center, and the Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships

This internship provides the opportunity to work directly with the Director of Strategic Initiatives on various tasks related to the Grand Challenges and strategic initiatives such as the Agile Government and the Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships. The duties will include researching specific information, writing, editing requested materials, and attending topical meetings and convenings. Other tasks may surface during the internship that will be interesting and rewarding.

Internship in the Office of the Director of Development and Philanthropy Challenges

This internship provides the opportunity to work directly with the Director of Development and Philanthropy on a variety of tasks related to the organization’s role to help expand the established development portfolio and help create robust fundraising and philanthropy component. The intern will be responsible for researching specific information, writing, editing requested materials, and attending topical meetings and convenings. They will gain insights on internal operations related to grant writing, proposal development, and communications strategies. Other tasks that may surface during the internship will be exciting and rewarding.

Social Media/Marketing Internship

The social media/marketing Intern will assist in marketing duties expanding the Academy’s visibility and brand awareness. The intern will be a member of a top-notch public and media relations team focused on developing the Academy’s brand and expanding awareness of the Academy with government agencies, legislators, and public administrators at the federal, state, and local levels. In this role, the intern will be an integral member of this team and will have the opportunity to perform many valuable tasks directly related to the goals of the Academy. The duties may include:

  • Assisting with the design and execution of social medial campaigns,
  • Using tools for collecting data,
  • Tracking analytics for social media campaigns,
  • Creating social media postings.
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The Internship Experience:

Working on Academy Projects​

Participating in Academy staff-led interviews and focus groups

Attending team and client meetings​

Connecting with Academy​ Staff

Happy hours and staff lunches

Intern get-togethers​

Connecting With Academy Fellows​

Meet an Academy Fellow Sessions​

Standing Panel meetings​

Participating in Intern Enrichment and Development Programing​

Professional development and skills-based sessions

Read Reflections From Past Interns

Meet Our Current Interns

Summer 2022 Cohort

Ryan Allen

Development and Philanthropy Intern

Education: Senior at Bucknell University — B.A. in Political Science and Government

Policy Interests: Constitutional law with a concentration in religion, national security, and
drug policy

Internship Goals: Build a strong network of business professionals and strengthen my reputation as a reliable employee. Gain valuable work experience and work toward gaining admission into a reputable law school.

Lizzie Alwan

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Current Master of Public Policy and Administration Student at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Policy Interests: Social equity, public health, Intergovernmental partnerships, Social service delivery

Internship Goals: To better understand intergovernmental relations and how to increase collaboration and efficiency between organizations, and to experience policy research in the national context.

Eva Arriaza

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Senior at Virginia Tech — B.A. in Environmental Policy and Planning

Policy Interests: Environmental policy, public policy, social policy, health policy, and cultural policy

Internship Goals: My goal for this internship is to get real-world experience, gain key background knowledge, and become a well-rounded individual. I am also looking forward to meeting colleagues and gaining a network of contacts.

Katie Dean

Fellow Engagement Intern

Education: Senior at Butler University — B.A. in English with a focus on professional writing

Policy Interests: Healthcare, human rights, urban policy

Internship Goals: To learn more about the field of public administration, participate in projects that advance the initiatives of NAPA, and connect with fellows.

Lynn-Marie Edwards

Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships Intern

Education: Current Master of Public Management Student at the University of Maryland, College Park

Policy Interests: Program assessment, design, and implementation in the justice system and education system; social policy issues like education, crime, poverty alleviation, diversity, equity and inclusion, and mental health

Internship Goals: I want to gain practical exposure to the best public service management practices, especially how these may apply to developing countries. Further, I want to better understand the role of intergovernmental partnerships in public service delivery. I also seek to improve my policy research and writing skills.

Nicole Janeiro


Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships Intern

Education: Senior at Wheaton College — B.A. Political Science, minors in International Relations and Sociology

Policy Interests: Elections, human rights, government reform, domestic policy, gun control, national security, government operations/innovation, anti-corruption, gender, consumer freedom, drug policy, privatization, urban growth, and land use

Internship Goals: Strengthen collaboration and cooperation among leaders at all levels of government and build a strong network of connections with distinguished Fellows at the Academy and learn from the advice/guidance they graciously provide.

Maya Krauss

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Sophomore at Clark University — B.A. Political Science with a concentration in International Relations

Policy Interests: Foreign policy, environmental policy, human rights policy, and gender policy

Internship Goals: To strengthen my professional writing and public policy research skills and learn how the Academy, a leading public administration non-profit, works to advance good governance and help the government serve people more effectively. I also look forward to making lasting connections with both Academy staff and the vast array of distinguished Academy Fellows I will have the pleasure of meeting throughout this internship.

Jack Kunkel

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Junior at the University of Missouri — B.A. in Political Science, Constitutional Democracy, and Journalism

Policy Interests: Education, social equity, environmental policy

Internship Goals: I want to dive into the world that exists between our government in theory and our government in practice, learn more about the civic mechanisms that drive our society toward its goals, and further develop my skills as a researcher and communicator by learning from experts in the field.

Paloma Martín

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Current Master of Public Management Student at the University of Maryland, College Park

Policy Interests: Innovation management, equity and inclusion management, change management, environmental management, public leadership, and public narratives

Internship Goals: I want to gain practical exposure to updated frameworks and methodologies for public sector consultancy. Furthermore, I am interested in taking NAPA as a model to promote a similar organization in Latin America.

Sofia Odom

Strategic Initiatives Intern

Education: Junior at Loyola University New Orleans — B.A. in Political Science

Policy Interests: Housing equity, intergovernmental relations, criminal justice reform, welfare and poverty

Internship Goals: To take away valuable connections, gain insight into federal and local government structures, improve my research skills, and to further the initiatives and goals of the Academy itself.

Sean Stewart

Strategic Communications Intern

Education: Current Master of Public Policy Student at the University of Maryland, College Park

Policy Interests: Social equity, public health, intergovernmental partnerships, social service delivery

Internship Goals: To gain new skills and experiences and widen my interests as I pursue my degree. I hope to hone my writing abilities even further and make connections with other interns and fellows at the NAPA.

Emma Swenson

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Senior at Brigham Young University — B.A. in English, Professional Writing emphasis, International Development minor

Policy Interests: Sustainable development, public health/global health, social equity, gender, aid, migration

Internship Goals: To expand my policy research skills, explore how nonprofit organizations advance good governance and public policy, and discover possibilities in the field of public administration.

Katie Uhlig

Strategic Initiatives Intern

Education: Senior at Brigham Young University — B.A. in Political Science, minor in International Strategy and Diplomacy

Policy Interests: National security, intergovernmental relations, social equity, environmental issues, international affairs

Internship Goals: To strengthen my professional skill set as a writer and researcher, build connections and network with the NAPA fellows and interns, and develop as an academic in preparation for continuing education and my professional career endeavors.