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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

Fall 2022 Cohort

Michelle Breit

Academy Studies Intern

Education: Senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy

Policy Interests: Education Policy, Economic Policy, Social Policy, and Inequality

Internship Goals: To further my understanding of policy and public administration, refine my focus in my policy interests for research and graduate studies, and connect with fellows on interests, career paths, and recommendations

Kenny Ip


Fellow Engagement Intern & Academy Research Intern

Education: Senior at Cornell University — B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations

Policy Interests: Urban policy, Nonprofit, Equity

Why the Academy: I want to learn more about public administration, contribute to NAPA initiatives that advance public administration efficiency and effectiveness, and meet and learn from fellows.

Nathan Seal

Education: Undergraduate student at Brigham Young University Provo studying to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in political strategy.

Why the Academy: It has so many impressive fellows and I wanted to see the partnerships in government.

Policy Interests: Common sense gun control and term limits

Harleen Kahlon

Education: I am currently studying at the University of the Pacific in Stockton CA.

Why the Academy: I was interested in this role because, through this internship, I will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the Director of Development and Philanthropy on a range of projects about the organization's role in developing a strong fundraising and philanthropy component and expanding its current development portfolio. Other activities include subject meetings, writing, editing, and network connection.

Policy Interests: My policy interests include health policy, water policy, and immigration policy.