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.
The KIPP team has developed deep relationships with Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle with Congressional offices, 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 policymakers 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.
Meet the Fellows
Mekka AbdullahFisk University, Class of 2019
KIPP Nashville Alumna
“This internship aligns with my career aspirations of becoming a U.S Ambassador. After graduating with my Bachelor’s in International Business, I envision traveling and promoting America’s core values while supporting diplomacy.”
Mariama BarryFranklin and Marshall College, Class of 2020
KIPP Massachusetts Alumna
“If I could solve one problem in government, it would be to provide adequate and equal funding to all schools, so that students in low-income neighborhoods can have the option to attend their local schools, or school of choice.”
Mariana ChaconBoston University, Class of 2019
KIPP Massachusetts Alumna
“My area of interest resides at the intersection of policy-making and implementation. Coming from an incredibly diverse community, I have been able to see the ways in which different policies have different effects on different groups of people, who may not even realize they are being negatively affected.”
Brandon GonzalezColorado State, Class of 2019
KIPP Colorado Alumnus
“I would like to see a path towards citizenship for undocumented immigrants because there are thousands of others like myself who would take advantage of the privilege to vote and excise their right and vote for more progressive pieces of legislation.”
Erika MeyUniversity of California at Irvine, Class of 2018
KIPP Los Angeles Alumna
“The experiences I have accumulated abroad and locally reflect my passion/interest for health policy and social justice… As an intern for a Member of Congress or the Administration, I will have the opportunity to refine my skills while receiving professional and personal development as an emerging leader in public service.”
Omar SanchezSan Diego State University, Class of 2020
KIPP San Diego Alumnus
“If I were to intern for a Member of Congress I would get greater insight in combatting the current gentrification wave hitting many communities around the U.S.”
Chentese StewartGettysburg College, Class of 2018
KIPP Philadelphia Alumna
“As a Sociology major and Education minor, studying in these fields has forced to me to think critically about the social structures and systems that we’ve socially constructed, and how we continue to perpetuate inequality, especially within education…Interning for a Member of Congress or the Administration would give me the space to further explore policy as a career path, and decide whether policy is where I see myself making an impact.”
De’Ja WoodDuke University, Class of 2021
KIPP St. Louis Alumna
“I want to intern for a Congressman/woman to see how policy how the policy that truly shares youth lives each day is developed, discussed, and maintained.”
For KIPP Alumni: 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.
When will applications open?
Applications will open in Fall 2018.