Internship Fellowships

Fellowships for Student Internships




Award Internship Focus Priority Deadline*
Paul L. Leventhal Fellowship

Internships with a focus on nuclear security

February 20, 2017

William H. Crook Fellowship Program

Internships with a focus on global development

March 28, 2017

Barbara Jordan Fund for Internships

Unpaid internships only

April 14, 2017

Frances Goff Texas State Government Fellowship

Internships in the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas

April 14, 2017

Helen J. and Robert S. Strauss Fellowship Fund for Internships

Internships in public service

April 14, 2017

J.J. “Jake” Pickle Fellowship for Internships

Internships in state or federal government

April 14, 2017

Steve Lowell Spinner Internship Fund

Internships with a focus on workforce development

April 14, 2017

Terrell Blodgett Fellowship for Government Services in Urban Management in Finance

Internships in local government with a focus on financial management

April 14, 2017

Clements Center Student Professional Development Fund

Unpaid internships only with a focus on national security/foreign policy

April 24, 2017

 

*Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. This does not include the Clements and Crook awards.

Paul L. Leventhal Fellowship

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. The Fellowship Program is administered 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.

William H. Crook Fellowship Program

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.

Barbara Jordan Fund

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.”

Frances Goff Texas State Government Fellowship

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.

Criteria: “The purpose of this scholarship is to fund a summer intern in the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas.”

  • Students must have a GPA of 3.5 of higher.

Helen J. and Robert S. Strauss Fellowship Fund

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.”

J.J. “Jake” Pickle Internship Fellowship

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.”

Steven Lowell Spinner Internship Fund

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.

Terrell Blodgett Fellowship for Government Services in Urban Management in Finance

The Blodgett Endowment honors Terrell Blodgett, LBJ School Professor Emeritus with a life-long dedication to professional city management. Blodgett earned a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He worked as City Manager of Garland (1963-1964) and Waco (1960-1963) and Assistant City Manager of Austin (1995-1960). 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.

Criteria: “Income from this endowment is used to support second-year students interested in government service in urban management and finance.”

Clements Center Student Professional Development Fund

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.