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Internship FAQ for Employers

Q. What kinds of internships do LBJ School students seek?

LBJ School students seek paid, policy-related internships in the federal, state, local, nonprofit and private sectors. In order for the student to receive credit for an internship, the internship must be a total of 400 hours. Internships are usually completed during the summer between the first and second years of the program.

Q. What are interns paid?

Pay rates vary, but interns should be viewed as professional staff members and paid accordingly.

Q. How can I know if my unpaid internship qualifies as a legitimate internship?

The LBJ School adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE ) guidelines for unpaid internships.  These guidelines can be found here.

Q. What kinds of skills can I expect from an intern?

In order to qualify for an internship, a student must have completed five of six core courses: Applied Quantitative Analysis I and II, Policy Development, Public Financial Management, Public Administration and Management, and Political Economics. As a result of completing these courses, the student brings to the internship advanced analytical, research and writing skills.

How do I request an intern?

Please download our Sample Job Announcement to see the information required for internship requests. The best way to request an intern is to send an electronic request to:

The position is posted on a web page that is kept current throughout the academic year. The information should include:

  • Job description
  • Pay rate
  • Application deadline
  • Application requirements
  • Contact information

Upon request, Monica Jackson, the Career Coordinator, will assist prospective employers in arranging information sessions and interviews with students.