Internship FAQs for Supervisors

What is the application deadline and when will I hear back?

The application deadline is February 28. We make offers to students starting in mid-March until all positions are filled (usually mid to late April). When a student accepts your job, we put you in contact with the student. Feel free to inquire at any time.

What types of projects do interns work on?

Most internships consist of at least one major project and some smaller ones. You can see some of the projects the 2018 interns worked on (pdf) here. You should design at least one major project which the intern can complete or contribute to over the summer. Daily office work is often a part of the job, but should not be a majority of the intern duties. Consider that this is a learning experience for the intern and try to provide as much exposure to professional opportunities as you can.

How much does the internship cost?

Internship positions are full-time (40 hours per week). Interns will earn a minimum of $13.00 per hour over 12 weeks  ($6240) paid by the host agency (withholdings and contributions will apply). Some agencies who are able to may pay the intern a higher rate. An additional administrative fee of $250 per intern is payable to the Policy Center.

How are students selected to be interns?

A selection committee reviews all student applications along with the positions available and identifies students who best match the requirements for each position. Please be as specific as possible in describing the skills and experience needed for your job.

Is there an interview?

Particularly for first time supervisors, we consult with you before final selection to be sure we understand the job requirements. There is no formal interview process, though some supervisors might request a phone call with an applicant before a decision is made. Please be sure you include all relevant information in your application documents.

When should I contact my intern?

Please plan to communicate with your intern within two weeks of selection. During the summer you should plan to check in weekly with your intern.

What if I, or my intern, can’t start on the program start date?

By mutual agreement a supervisor and intern can determine an exception to the program start or end date, if the nature of the internship allows.