Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service
Summer Internships in Government for Undergraduates
The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program exposes undergraduate students to government work and its impact through 10-week, full-time, high-level internship placements with elected officials and agencies at the at the federal, state, and local levels.
While not all Schaeffer Fellows pursue a career in government, the program creates the opportunity for participants to become engaged citizens and develop an informed view of government service and operations.
Schaeffer Fellows are selected nationally from five universities – Harvard University, Princeton University, U.C. Berkeley, University of Southern California, and University of Virginia.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
Competitive candidates will have:
- a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
- current USC sophomore or junior. Seniors are only eligible to apply if enrolling in 12+ units of required undergraduate courses in fall 2024. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one full academic year of undergraduate study remaining after the fellowship. (Progressive Degree students must not begin master’s-only degree requirements in the fall).
- relevant experience and/or coursework demonstrating preparation for a demanding government internship. While no prior public service record is required, competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate transferable skills and an interest in public service. All academic fields encouraged to apply.
- Ability to work 35+ hours/week for 10 weeks during the summer. Applicants will have the option to apply to be considered for Program-Secured positions identified by AHF or Self-Secured positions identified independently. More information under “Selection Process”.
Dates & Deadlines
There are no upcoming events at this time.
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, and work well with others.
Non-U.S. Citizenship: As a result of certain federal restrictions, non-U.S. citizens may face obstacles securing employment with federal government offices and agencies. Non-U.S. citizens are permitted to apply for the Schaeffer Fellows program with a Self-Secured internship.
Leave of Absence: An LOA does not make a student ineligible for the program; however, preference will be given to candidates who are enrolled full-time at USC.
Questions about the program should be directed to:
Office of Academic Programs