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 and contribute to developing creative solutions to meet the needs of the public.

Selected students will spend the Summer 2021 term working on an innovation-focused portfolio in a federal agency, benefitting from:

  • Challenging work, which includes utilizing proven innovative practices to advance the agency’s mission and improve the lives of the American people
  • A network of fellow interns and federal innovation leaders across the government
  • Professional development opportunities to gain and improve leadership skills
  • A stipend of $5,000 to cover costs associated with participation in the program

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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Application opens February 1, 2021


Civic-minded undergraduate students at George Washington University


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.

Participating agencies for the Summer 2020 term included the following:

Please see sample position summaries below to find out more about these internship positions.         

USAID Position Summary CMS Position Summary OPM Position Summary


Selection Process

Applications for the program will open on February 1, 2021. Eligible applicants will be scored on their commitment to public service, academic performance, and extracurricular involvement. Interested students will submit an online application and will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Most recent transcript (transcript should include verification of GPA and classes taken. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.)

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 prior to April 1, 2021.


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.