This information reflects the internship and apprenticeship awards available for the Summer and Fall 2017 semesters. The number and dollar amount of each award is subject to change each year, depending upon available funds.
|Endowment/Gift||Internship/Policy Apprenticeship Focus||Amount||Deadline|
|William H. Crook Fellowship Program||
Paid or unpaid with a focus on global development
|Up to $5,000||
March 28, 2017
|Clements Center Student Professional Development Fund||Unpaid with a focus on national security/foreign policy||See Clements website||April 24, 2017|
|Frances Goff Texas State Government Fellowship||Paid or unpaid internships in Texas||$5,000||May 25, 2017|
|Barbara Jordan Fund for Internships||
All unpaid internships and apprenticeships
May 26, 2017
|Helen J. and Robert S. Strauss Fellowship Fund for Internships||
Paid or unpaid in public service
May 26, 2017
|J.J. “Jake” Pickle Fellowship for Internships||
Paid or unpaid in state or federal government
|$5,000 per semester||
May 26, 2017
|LBJ D.C. Area Alumni Association Scholarship Award||
Paid or unpaid D.C. policy apprenticeships
April 16, 2018
|Terrell Blodgett Fellowship for Government Services in Urban Management in Finance||Paid or unpaid in local government with a focus on financial management
*Includes fall stipend.
|$10,850*||April 16, 2018|
|Paul L. Leventhal Fellowship||Paid or unpaid with a focus on nuclear security||$5,000||April 16, 2018|
|Steve Lowell Spinner Internship Fund||Paid or unpaid with a focus on workforce development||$3,350||April 16, 2018|
Funding Levels for Unpaid Internships
Students applying for internship fellowships with unpaid internships are eligible for the following minimum award amounts based on eligibility and internship location. These fellowships are not guaranteed and will be awarded until available funds are exhausted.
- Austin: $1,500
- U.S. outside of Austin: $2,000
- International: $3,000
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law makes grants to support students doing summer internships for non-profit, non-governmental, or governmental organizations that conduct development projects in the developing world. The grants, awarded in amounts up to $5,000, are made possible by the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs. Students may use the grants to cover travel and living expenses during the internship. For complete information on criteria and award details and to access the application, visit the Strauss Center website.
The Clements Center awards funds to undergraduate and graduate students who secure unpaid internships in the fields of national security and foreign policy. Awards will be granted to those students whose work best reflects the mission and goals of the Clements Center. For more details and to access the application, visit the Clements Center website. The Clements Center also offers an Internship and Fellowship Database for your internship search.
During the more than forty years in which Ms. Frances Goff served as Director of Texas Girls State, she helped over twenty-thousand girls from across Texas learn about patriotism, citizenship and government. Notable Girls State graduates include former Texas Governor Ann Richards and former Assistant District Attorney for Harris County Lori Swann. This award's eligibility has recently been expanded to include all internships based in the state of Texas.
Criteria: “The purpose of this scholarship is to fund a summer intern in the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas.”
- Learn more about internship opportunities in the Governor's Office and apply for an internship here.
- Students must have a GPA of 3.5 of higher.
The Barbara Jordan Fund was endowed to help students at the LBJ School pursue their goal of moving into public service upon receiving their degree. This fund honors Barbara Jordan, a lifelong advocate for social justice who became the first African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate. Barbara Jordan served as a professor at the LBJ School where she held the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy from 1979 until her death in 1996.
Criteria: “The Fund provides financial support on an as-needed basis for such activities as unpaid internships, travel to internships and internship interviews.”
Robert S. Strauss is a figure in American politics and diplomacy whose service dates back to future president Lyndon Johnson’s first congressional campaign in 1937. Strauss advised and represented U.S. presidents over three administrations and for both major U.S. political parties. Strauss occupied many academic chairs and lecture positions, including one as the Lloyd Bentsen Chair at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.
Criteria: “To support graduate students with awards made on a basis of academic and intellectual abilities and a commitment to a career in public service.”
Former Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle served the 10th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives for over thirty years. His close association with former President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired the creation of this endowment to enable promising students who share Congressman Pickle’s lifelong dedication to public service.
Criteria: “These funds will help support students as interns in congressional offices or on federal and state committee and agency staffs.”
The LBJ D.C. Area Alumni Association (DCA) has generously raised funds to support D.C. Fellows completing policy apprenticeships with one-time awards. The DCA is a group of LBJ School alumni living and working in the D.C. Area. Beginning in 2018, the DCA will administer this award independently.
Criteria: “Any current D.C. Fellow planning to complete a policy apprenticeship is eligible to apply for this award.”
The Blodgett Endowment honors Terrell Blodgett, LBJ School Professor Emeritus with a life-long dedication to professional city management. Professor Blodgett earned a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He has worked as City Manager of Garland and Waco and Assistant City Manager of Austin. Professor Blodgett received an appointment at the LBJ School in 1982 where he taught until 1995. Upon retirement, Blodgett spent thirteen years as the LBJ School’s first Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Management. For more information about the Blodgett Fellowship, visit the fellows page here.
More Information on Eligibility
Criteria: “Income from this endowment is used to support rising second-year students interested in government service in urban management and finance.”
This fellowship honors the late Paul Leventhal, who advocated tirelessly for the protection of the United States and the world from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the materials and technology to make such weapons. Mr. Leventhal worked as an aide in the Senate from 1972 to 1981 and was instrumental in the passage of many landmark pieces of nuclear legislation. This fellowship is made possible by the LBJ School’s Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (NPPP).
Criteria: “Funds distributed from this endowment will provide an internship or apprenticeship stipend to… fund work inside a public policy organization, federal government office, or think tank that advances policy in the area of international and nuclear security.”
- A minimum of 50% of the student’s internship time must be spent working on issues that focus on reducing the risks of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear terrorism, or associated weapons of mass destruction.
This internship fund was established to commemorate Steve Spinner, a 1984 graduate of the LBJ School. Steve was devoted to developing a comprehensive system for employment and training and to fostering public-private partnerships in the area of workforce development. As Job Training Advisor to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, he successfully led a bipartisan effort to consolidate federal employment training and education programs. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation, known as the Workforce Development Act, two weeks after Steve’s death in 1995.
Criteria: “Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to support the required 12 week summer internship for a second-year student interested in workforce development policy.”
- The student must engage in a project that is mutually beneficial to the organization and to the student’s academic and professional goals.