DC Internships

About the program

The Hoover Institution in Washington’s internship program provides the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students to experience professional growth and acquire practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.

The Hoover Institution in Washington accepts full and part-time interns each summer and academic semester. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in internal meetings and assist with public events hosted in Hoover’s office. In addition to practical experience interns regularly attend events hosted by other organizations as well as congressional hearings and briefings where they can learn about relevant policy issues, see how these issues are integrated into the legislative process, and meet leading policy-makers and prominent scholars.


  • Assist DC director, scholars, and staff with special projects.
  • Maintain databases of metrics for activity  within the Washington, DC office.
  • Assist in building distribution lists for information dissemination and events.
  • Attend and report on briefings, hearings and scholarly events on Capitol Hill and at other think tanks.
  • Assist with other general administrative duties.


  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing or recent graduate of a college/university.
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy issues.
  • Good interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility, good attention to detail, and ability to work independently in a fast-pace team environment.

Application Requirement

  • Name (Last, First, Middle)
  • Citizenship
  • Home address
  • Home and cell phone
  • Email Address
  • Personal resume. Include schoolwork, degree seeking and anticipated graduation date, work experience, other internships, and awards.
  • Personal statement. A brief personal statement explaining how the internship would further your career plans (500 words).

Application materials should be mailed to:

Hoover Institution
Attn: Internship Program
1399 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

Or via email to spmathes [at] stanford [dot] edu.


Upcoming Dates

The next Internship Program is scheduled for Fall 2017

Application due: July 28, 2017
Accepted interns notified by: August 18, 2017

Hoover interns attend a spring 2016 event at America's Future Foundation

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