The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates in Washington, DC. Participants in our internship program are eligible for academic credit.
Interns at the McCain Institute make a direct impact on program development and execution and are offered opportunities to work collaboratively across the organization alongside all levels of staff. Participation in the McCain Institute Internship Program places students in the heart of the nation’s capital, giving them access to some of the top foreign policy leaders and allowing them to gain hands-on experience in program development and management, while developing a professional skill set that will enable their future professional success.
Professional and career development are central components to the Institute’s Internship program, which includes educational brown bag sessions with members of senior staff, as well as resume and cover letter review sessions.
Students are asked to commit at least 20 office hours a week if selected for the Institute’s Internship Program.
The Institute’s Internship Program operates on a trimester schedule:
Spring 2021 Internship Program: Tuesday, January 19 to Friday, April 30
Deadline to Apply: Monday, November 16, 2020
Summer 2021 Internship Program: Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, August 6
Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 22, 2021
Fall 2021 Internship Program: Tuesday, September 7 to Friday, December 3
Deadline to Apply: Monday, July 19, 2021
Spring 2022 Internship Program: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 to Friday, April 29, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Monday, November 15, 2021
The Combatting Human Trafficking program educates, raises awareness and implements action-based solutions to end modern slavery. Through collaborative partnerships, critical research and direct engagement with innovative programs, the Institute develops and deploys strategies to combat all forms of human trafficking at local, state, national and international levels.
The Team: Kristen Abrams, Joanna Jauregui, Claire Sechler Merkel and Kelsey Syms
The Human Rights and Democracy program is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom in the United States and around the world.
The Team: Paul Fagan, Luke Englebert and Berivan Orucoglu
Education Programs are committed to empowering students to be future leaders in the global arena through a range of educational programming executed in partnership with Arizona State University. This intern will provide research and support for all education programs, including the Washington Policy Design Studio.
The Team: Ambassador Edward O’Donnell, Rachel Hunkler and Addie Fairley
The National Security & Counterterrorism program strives to deliver tangible change in the environment that feeds global extremism and develop relationships with international partners who share our commitment to countering terrorism with all of the tools at our disposal.
The Team: Brette Steele and Ashleigh Bowers
The International Rule of Law & Security program has two components: academic and operational. The academic component instructs students on the development of rule of law and good governance in transitional and post-conflict states while the operational component is a focal point for securing and implementing development projects in the areas of rule of law and governance.
The Team: Ambassador Clint Williamson, Julia Fromholz, Kaleigh Schwalbe and Jacob Kostrzewski
The Communications and Events program plays a critical role in creating and shaping the Institute’s communications and social media strategy and aids in execution of Institute events.
The Team: Staci McDermott, Patrick McCann and Cole Davis
The Core Functions team administers the Institute’s daily business responsibilities while overseeing the financial and organizational management of the Institute. Students selected for this position have an opportunity to a range of special projects taking place across the Institute.
The Team: Caitlin Battey, Joe Finedore and Virginia Pounds
Email a cover letter, resume, two-page writing sample and two references in a single PDF to [email protected]. Please state in your cover letter the position for which you are applying. You may apply for multiple programs.
“My internship experience flew by! Everyone at the Institute was incredibly friendly and helpful. Meeting with the different directors and senior advisors throughout the Institute just to ask questions and learn about their experience was extremely transformative. Even meeting with those who worked in departments that were not necessarily relevant to my interests was great because I was able to learn even more!”
-Shirin Atayeva, 2019 International Rule of Law & Security Intern