The McCain Institute provides current and recent college students the opportunity to serve as interns in our Washington office. The internship program is an extension of the Institute’s mission to advance character-driven leadership. Interns are given real-world assignments and are actively involved in the daily operations of the McCain Institute.

In addition to valuable professional experience, interns have the opportunity to interact with policymakers and leaders in a variety of fields including foreign affairs, national security, public policy and media. Interns are encouraged to take part in weekly activities and events in Washington including panel discussions, conferences, lectures and hearings, in addition to McCain Institute sponsored events and programs. The skill set and network of contacts interns develop during their time at the McCain Institute help prepare them for the future, whether in seeking professional positions, returning to higher education or engaging in community service.

Internships are offered in the fall (September- December), spring (January- April) and summer (May-August). At present, internships are offered in the following areas:

Humanitarian Action Intern (Phoenix)

Communications & Events Intern (Washington)

Decision Science Intern (Washington)

Development & Next Generation Leaders Program Intern (Washington)

Humanitarian Action Intern (Washington)

Human Rights and Democracy Intern (Washington)

Rule of Law & Governance Intern (Washington)

Email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (two pages max), and two references in a single PDF to: [email protected]

In the email subject line please indicate which position you are applying for.


Fall 2017 Term: Tuesday, September 5 – Friday, December 8

Application Deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017

Spring 2018 Term: Tuesday, January 16 – Friday, April 20

Application Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017

Summer 2018 Term: Tuesday, May 22 – Friday, August 3

Application Deadline: Friday, February 23