Best Internships for Getting into a Career in Government

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Oct 06

What careers can give you the ability to help the largest amount of people and help improve their lives? When you hear questions like this, you probably think of government leaders and other supportive positions. If you want a government-based job, you face a career path with long hours of training and preparation. You’ll have to major in disciplines like social studies, political science, history, perhaps get more education from an online master’s in public policy program, and likely have to participate in an internship as well.

Government-related internships sometimes put a wrench in your plans because you likely lack easy access to options that will best serve your future career. Of course, if you only want to serve people at a community level, you don’t need a prestigious internship. But if you aspire to higher political positions, you should apply for the options listed below.

White House Internship Program

If you would like to watch government officials at work and get a feel for the rhythm and energy at the White House, this is the internship for you. You’ll see how day-to-day operations work at this important building. You’ll also gain practical knowledge about how the federal government works as a whole. With that knowledge, you can decide where you want to make your mark.

The Smithsonian Associates Internships

Perhaps you want to make educational reforms when you join the government in the future. Apply for TSA internships so you can get a broad understanding of the arts, sciences, and humanities. At the same time, you will work in central Washington, D.C., so you’ll see up close how the government and the populace react to changes around the world.

American Advantage Capital Scholars Program

This internship allows minority students in all fields to work with all of the top departments and agencies in our nation’s capital. The program runs for a semester, and combines work and study so you get a well-rounded foundation for your future career.

Central Intelligence Agency Internship Program

Maybe you would prefer to learn more about how our government keeps America safe. This internship gives you that kind of experience. It also allows you to gain work experience to complete the career you’ll pursue later in life.

New York State Assembly Internship Program

This internship gives you a similar experience to the White House Internship Program. You’ll become an important part of political life in New York’s capitol, and any student from any major can join this internship. You don’t even have to study one of the majors listed above.

You have thousands of government internship options to choose from. If none of the above appeal to your needs, don’t worry. Simply research online or contact your university advisor to find more.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.



About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.