DC Internships

PROGRAM DATES: JANUARY - JUNE 2021

What is it?

This Fellowship offers Stanford students a competitive opportunity to participate in important work at the Hoover Institution across both key research areas and organizational areas. The Fellowship is a 2-quarter-long paid internship in which students will be paired in topical areas of their preference with Hoover fellows or staff members. Students in the Fellowship will provide research and operational support, while also benefiting from mentoring and partaking in exclusive programming for the Fellowship cohort. Students should expect not only guidance from their direct managers, but also a chance to learn more about research, policy, and public affairs from influential leaders both at Hoover and beyond.

Applications open: Friday, November 20, 2020
Applications due: Sunday, December 13, 2020

What projects and areas of interest are available?

Media Relations
Research and report new or up-and-coming media sources, update weekly media tracking and monthly metrics of activity for media relations & outreach, create and maintain distribution lists, create ‘in case you missed it’ section of daily e-newsletter TUNE IN, assist in the planning/execution of Hoover Media Academy, send scholar media confirmations.

Government Relations
Report on briefings, hearings, and scholarly events on Capitol Hill, create and maintain distribution lists, update metrics of activity for government outreach and scholar activity, assist in the planning/execution of DC programming including the Congressional Fellowship Program, State & Local Government outreach, Hoover Capital Conversations.

Student responsibilities:

Conduct advanced research and work on special projects for Manager, often including:

  • Executing online research.
  • Collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing data.
  • Analyzing trends and reporting on current events in each respective fellowship area.
  • Writing summaries and memorandums on requested topics as well as proofread and help edit materials.

Assist with operational duties, including: scheduling and prepping for meetings, building distribution lists for event information dissemination, responding to correspondence the Manager receives, crafting marketing materials or output for the Manager, and potentially assisting with general Hoover events (e.g. simulations).

All interns will be asked to complete a final presentation at the culmination of the fellowship. Final projects will vary by Manager and topic area, to be agreed upon by each student and their Manager. Each final project will be presented to the Director of the Hoover Institution and all Fellows and Staff managers involved in the internship program.

Additional: Interns expected to perform other related duties as requested. The internship will be structured to maintain flexibility and tailoring based on staff or fellow needs.


Who is eligible?

  • Fully-enrolled Stanford undergraduate (junior or senior) of any major
  • Any Stanford graduate student (GSB, SLS, any Masters program)
  • Students must commit to the internship position for both Winter 2021 and Spring 2021
  • Students with strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Emphasis on flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment.

Questions? Contact Josie Bianchi (she/her) at jbianchi [at] stanford.edu for more information!

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