Current USC sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Competitive candidates will have:
- at least a 3.5 cumulative USC GPA
- demonstrated experience in public service
- and/or coursework that provides preparation for a demanding government internship.
Ideal candidates are mature, detail-oriented, and motivated. Competitive applicants will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, an ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines, work well with others, and have a good sense of humor. Graphic design skills are a plus.
Ten Schaeffer Fellowships* will be offered for Summer 2018. Schaeffer Fellows work full-time for at least ten weeks (typically mid-May through the first week of August). Fellows will participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, including a full-day Schaeffer Fellows Summit.
Fellows are supported with a $6,000 stipend.
Internship placements in Washington, D.C. are still being confirmed at this time. Applicants wishing to be considered for this location should submit a cover letter that addresses their interests and qualifications as outlined in the cover letter prompt, explains why a federal-level internship is the next important step in their personal and/or professional development, and highlights what they hope to contribute in this type of setting.
Students who have secured their own internship, or in the process of doing so, in a congressional office or federal agency are encouraged to submit a cover letter that addresses their interests and qualifications as outlined in the cover letter prompt, and details the federal-level offices to which they have applied and the expected hiring timeline.
Fellows are supported with a $5,000 stipend. The following internships are confirmed in Sacramento for Summer 2018.
CA State Senator Steve Glazer (District 7)
CA State Senator Robert (Bob) Hertzberg (District 18)
CA Assemblymember Steven Choi (District 68)
CA Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (District 58)
CA Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (District 56)
CA Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (District 59)
Los Angeles, CA
Fellows are supported with a $5,000 stipend. The following internship is confirmed in Los Angeles for Summer 2018.
It is likely that at least two more internships in Los Angeles will be confirmed. Applicants wishing to be considered for a city government placement should submit a cover letter that addresses their interests and qualifications as outlined in the cover letter prompt, explains why a city government-level internship is the next important step in their personal and/or professional development, and highlights what they hope to contribute in this type of setting.
*Regardless of placement, Fellows should expect to afford some out-of-pocket expenses. Financial assistance is available for students with demonstrated need.
The following application materials are required:
- An online Schaeffer Fellows application
- A 500-word cover letter for each internship of interest (Applicants are invited to submit cover letters for up to three internships.)
- Each cover letter should introduce your background, discuss your interest in the particular level of goverment, and expand upon your relevant experience.
- Cover letters should address why you want to spend a summer in public service, demonstrate your understanding of pressing social issues, and explain how your academic, professional, or personal experience has prepared you for this opportunity. Whenever possible, address your interest in working in the specific office (e.g. I am interested in working with Assemblymember X because)
- A résumé that includes your education, work history, public service experience, and related skills (2 page maximum).
- Two faculty letters of recommendation (sent as a pdf on letterhead)
- A supplementary writing sample (the topic need not be related to public service)
The Summer 2018 priority deadline is Friday, January 12th, 2018 by 11:59pm.
Competitive applicants that submit by the priority deadline* will be invited to interview with a USC faculty panel in late January. Finalists will be recommended to federal, state, and local partners for a second round interview. Final internship placement will be determined by the government office in mid-spring.
Rolling applications will be accepted for later consideration should any internships remain open after the initial selection cycle.
*Priority deadline applicants will be given preference in the process but are not guaranteed an internship. Ultimately, Schaeffer Fellowships will be afforded to those students whom best fit the needs of the government office.