Internship Experience | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Internship Experience

Gain valuable, real-world experience.

LBJ School students are able to integrate classroom knowledge with real-world application in an experience that prepares them for a successful career in public affairs. 

The LBJ Internship Experience

The LBJ School requires students to complete a 400-hour public policy internship before they graduate. This summer internship allows students to apply their knowledge to policy issues in the public, private or nonprofit sectors while developing their skills in their policy area of interest. LBJ School students pursuing summer internships are eligible to apply for financial support through the internship fellowship program.

LBJ students attend a Texas Exes job fair event

Varied Internship Positions

Students work with the career management team, other LBJ School staff, faculty, alumni and their own network to identify an appropriate internship experience that matches with their policy area of interest and career goals.

A recent snapshot of organizations where our students have interned:

Master of Public Affairs

  • AARP
  • BBC Research and Consulting
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Community Housing Network
  • Cultural Arts Division, City of Austin Economics Development Dept
  • DC Public Education Fund
  • Deloitte
  • Disability Rights Texas
  • Ernst & Young — Office of Public Policy
  • Global America Business Institute
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Texas
  • Rainforest Partnership
  • Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Strategic Futures and Policy Analysis
  • St. David's Foundation
  • Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Texas Workforce Commission

Master of Global Policy Studies:

  • A Glimmer of Hope
  • Amnesty International
  • Armitage International
  • Brookings Institution
  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
  • Deloitte Africa
  • Impact Hub Accra
  • MIRRA (Methods for Irrigation and Agriculture)
  • Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network
  • National Democratic Institute — Macedonia
  • Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
  • The Daily Star Lebanon
  • The United Nations Environment Climate Change Adaptation Unit
  • The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
  • United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Embassy — Cameroon

Intern Spotlight

Nathan Bumagny (MGPS '20)

"Overall, I had a great experience at AEI. I really enjoyed expanding my knowledge of security issues in the Middle East and North Africa. I worked on the Critical Threats Project, a team that analyzes a variety of national security issues. I had the opportunity to use my foreign language skills everyday and to develop my analytical capacity."

— Nathan Bumagny (MGPS '20); Internship: American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC


Lucas Arbulu (MPAff '20)

"The best part of interning in an agency within the legislative branch is being able to attend the Intern Lecture Series, in which members of Congress give closed-door talks to summer interns. I had the pleasure listening to talks from Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). I went to luncheons and talks from various think tanks across DC, such as Urban Institute and AEI. As interns, we even had a Capitol tour for the day, checking out the various tunnels and offices of the members of Congress. All of these talks were super engaging and involved many other interns, so it was fun to meet them."

— Lucas Arbulu (MPAff '20); Internship: Budget Analysis, Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC


Farish Mozley (MPAff '20)

"I frequently wrote briefs and designed fact sheets, but my core project was coordinating our involvement in American Wind Week. I created events and designed collateral for our wind farms nationwide, and I coordinated all logistics with the American Wind Energy Association."

— Farish Mozley (MPAff '20); Internship: EDP Renewables Communications Department, Portland, Ore.


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