For college students, summer internships remain one of the most powerful opportunities to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world experiences. Beyond experiencing the world of work, internships also give students invaluable opportunities to develop personal networks, meet peers who share similar interests, “tryout” an industry before settling on a career, and demonstrate skills to prospective future employers. In fact, in its survey of college students, Accenture found that internships play an important part in landing a paying job: “Of the 69 percent of 2012/2013 grads who participated in an internship while still in school, more than one-third (36 percent) said the internship led to a job.”
The KIPP team has developed deep relationships with Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle, the Administration, think tanks and federal advocacy organizations that understand our mission and would be thrilled to have a KIPPster on their team for the summer. Having KIPPsters interning in Washington, DC allows policy makers and thought leaders who otherwise would not have met a KIPP student or even walked into a KIPP school to be exposed to KIPP. In addition, KIPPsters gain invaluable first-hand knowledge of the inner-workings of our nation’s government.
The reality is that summer internships, especially unpaid internships, are often a luxury many cannot afford. Since many internships working in Washington, DC are unpaid, all KIPPster Federal Policy Fellows will receive resources to cover living and business expenses for the summer including: housing as a cohort in the dorms at GW University, a metro card to ride public transportation, business attire, a bi-monthly paycheck, and field lessons. To ensure a positive learning experience, KIPP’s Government Affairs Team will support each finalist in securing a meaningful internship experience, offer feedback and coaching support to refine resumes and application materials, help prepare the cohort for their individual interviews for roles, and offer professional development throughout the summer.
The process to screen applicants will be very similar to the process to what each KIPPster Federal Policy Fellow will go through to formally secure an internship. Once a fellow is selected, they will be required to submit application materials to a minimum of eight opportunities, including at least three Members of Congress representing their hometown.
Who is eligible to apply?
Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in college who possess a minimum 3.0 GPA.
What does the application process entail?
We ask applicants to submit the following materials and any questions to Roquel Crutcher, Government Affairs Associate and KIPPster Federal Policy Fellow Alum at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 11 at 5:00 pm ET.
- Current Resume: including your college or university, expected year of graduation, major GPA (3.0 GPA or above required), co-curricular activities, volunteer experiences, and unique skills.
- Names and Contact Information for 2 References: 1 reference that works at KIPP and 1 additional reference of your choice. Please include their title, relationship to you, email address and phone number. (Note: letters of reference are not necessary.)
- Cover Letter: Your cover letter which should include answers to the following (500 words or less): Why are you interested in interning for a Member of Congress or the Administration? What policy areas interest you most? If you could solve one problem in government, what would it be and how would you do it?
- Sample Writing Statement: A 3-5-page academic paper that you previously submitted for a college-level class