Call to Serve Innovation Internship Program: George Washington University

The Call to Serve Innovation Internship program offers civic-minded undergraduate students at George Washington University the opportunity to experience federal service firsthand.

Selected students will spend the Summer 2021 term working in a federal agency on a variety of pressing topics and benefit from challenging work, a network of fellow interns, professional development opportunities, and a stipend of $5,000.

Participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in public service, academic performance, and extracurricular involvement. All majors are welcome to apply.

The Call to Serve Innovation Internship is a program of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people.

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DATES

Applications for the Summer 2021 term are now closed.

AUDIENCE

Civic-minded undergraduate students at George Washington University

Contact

If you have any questions about your status or would like to learn more about this program, please contact Leia Washington at [email protected] or call (202) 775-9111.

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Fellowship Positions

Students selected for this program will be placed in a federal agency throughout the Summer 2021 term. Positions in all agencies will be focused on innovative portfolios to further the agency’s mission. Please see sample position summaries below to find out more about these internship positions.

Participating agencies for the Summer 2021 term include the following:

HHS Position Summary SBA Position Summary Air Force Position Summary

Participating agencies for the Summer 2020 term included the following:

USAID Position Summary CMS Position Summary OPM Position Summary

   

Selection Process

Applications for the Summer 2021 term are now closed. Eligible applicants will be scored on their commitment to public service, academic performance and extracurricular involvement.

Selected finalists will be sent to participating federal agencies for interviews who will make final selections. The Partnership for Public Service team will communicate with applicants if they have been selected for the program by April 2, 2021.

FAQs

Why should I join the Call to Serve Internship program?

If selected, students will receive:

  • Valuable work experience in the federal government
  • A network of fellow interns
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Stipend of $5,000

How long does the program last?

The program will last 10-12 weeks, depending on the agency placement. Orientation and other summer programming will begin following the end of George Washington University’s 2020-2021 academic year.

Are all positions located in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area?

Yes. Although the location of the office may vary between downtown Washington DC and Woodlawn, MD – near Baltimore. The position summaries for the opportunities will specify the location for your information. Opportunities for the Summer 2021 term may be remote.

How much is the stipend?

Selected students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the summer. Receipt of that funding is contingent upon successfully completing all requirements to commence the qualifying summer positions, including any necessary documentation or security clearance requirements.

Is housing provided?

No, students must secure their own housing for the summer. However, stipends may be used to cover the cost of housing.

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must be U.S. Citizens who are currently enrolled in a GW undergraduate program at both the time of application and the time of the internship. Selected students will have a demonstrated interest in public service and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

Past Interns

Francesca Edralin participated as a rising junior from the George Washington University, studying International Affairs, with minors in Sustainability and Journalism/Mass Communication. She has been involved in groups such as GW UNICEF and Sustainable GW and is a first-generation Filipino American and is highly involved in her school’s Filipino club. She formerly interned with the Council on Foreign Relations and hopes to work in communications and storytelling within the international affairs community. Francesca has a passion for serving others and hopes to help address inequalities at the intersection of development and environmental issues. Francesca interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development Lab in the Center for Development Innovation during the summer of 2020.

Jacob Winn participated as a rising senior from the George Washington University, studying International Affairs and Political Science. He is from Massachusetts and has interned at the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the Democratic Staff of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and the Democratic Governor’s Association. Jacob is passionate about government and policy at the local, state, national and international levels and hopes to help research and design policies that help people and solve today’s most challenging problems. Jacob interned at The Lab at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during the summer of 2020.

Lyndsey Gallagher participated as a senior from the George Washington University, studying Public Health in the dual degree BS/MPH program with a concentration in Health Policy. In the past, she has contributed to research on pediatric obesity prevention for low-income children at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Children’s Center and interned at the United States of Care, a nonprofit organization working to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. Lyndsey’s driving belief is that every person in America deserves access to a healthy life and in the future, hopes to find policy solutions that address health disparities and inequities in America. Lyndsey interned at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center during the summer of 2020.

Jared Tucker participated as a rising senior from the George Washington University, studying International Affairs and Psychology. Jared spent the previous year in West Africa as a Boren Scholar where I studied several foreign languages, taught advanced English to business professionals, and interned with a local think tank focusing on violent conflict in the Sahel. He has also interned at the U.S. Department of State. Jared plans to have a career in public service supporting peace and prosperity abroad and hopes to work with the U.S. Foreign Service or become a public sector management consultant. Jared interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development Lab in the Center for Development Innovation during the summer of 2020.

Audrey Friedline participated as a rising senior from the George Washington University, studying International Affairs and Sustainability. Audrey has worked with groups such as GroW Garden, YWCA and Campbell Farms. Previously, she has studied abroad in Cali, Colombia studying race, ethnicity and the Afro-Colombian perspective. She hopes to pursue a career that uses innovation to increase equity and build sustainability in our world. Audrey interned at The Lab at the Office of Personnel Management during the summer of 2020.