Student Opportunities Page

Welcome to Buckley Program Opportunities Page

This page lists political internships, fellowships, research, and funding opportunities for student fellows! Applications for internship programs, including opportunities through the William F. Buckley, Jr. Internships Program, can we found through Yale Career Link. The below list of funding opportunities is specific to internships (domestic and international) focused on politics, journalism and the promotion of intellectual diversity. Application for all the funding opportunities listed below can be found through Yale Fellowship and Funding Page. If fellows are not eligible for Yale coordinated funding please find the Buckley Fellows Funding Application at the bottom of this page. If fellows want guidance on starting the internship process use the Buckley Fellows Professional Student Contact Form to be connected to professionals in a wide range of fields. Please feel free to reach out through the Beacon Contact Form with any questions!

Professional Student Contact Form

Interested in summer internships, post-grad jobs, or mentoring opportunities but don’t know where to start? Fill out the Professional Student Contact Form be connected with professionals in their fields of interest!

William F. Buckley, Jr. Internships Program

FIRE Summer Intern – William F Buckley Jr. Internships Program

Gingrich Productions, Research and Writing Intern – The William F Buckley, Jr. Internship Program

Manhattan Institute, Communications and Research Intern – William F. Buckley Jr. Internship Program

The National Review, Editorial Intern – The William F. Buckley, Jr. Internship Program

The New Criterion, Editorial Intern – The William F. Buckley Jr. Internship Program

A stipend of $4,000 will come with each internship, to be used to cover students’ travel, living, and other potential expenses.

 

Yale Fellowship and Funding

Search for further funding opportunities here.

Applying for all funding opportunities listed below here.

 

Domestic Summer Award: http://ocs.yale.edu/yale-college/domestic-summer-award-dsa

The DSA provides a stipend of $4,000 to Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who have secured an approved unpaid summer internship in one of the following areas: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a government entity; a non-governmental organization (NGO); or an Arts Apprenticeship.

  • First-year student, sophomore, or junior in Yale College.
  • Recipient of financial aid from Yale that includes a Yale Scholarship for Spring 2018 (students on Leave of Absence in Spring 2018 are eligible).
  • Has not received a previous DSA. Eligible students can receive an ISA for a different summer.
  • Has secured a summer internship in the U.S. that meets the below DSA position requirements.

International Summer Award: http://ocs.yale.edu/yale-college/isa-eligible-international

The International Summer Award (ISA) provides a stipend for one summer experience abroad for eligible undergraduate students receiving a Yale scholarship.

  • The ISA provides a percentage of the program budget, based on the student’s need for financial aid in 2017-2018.
  • Students participating in an ISA eligible program may be eligible for ISA funding.
  • The maximum amount of ISA funding will not exceed $12,500.
  • Yale-coordinated international internships of eight or more weeks in duration
  • An independently-secured international internship or an international internship with a third-party provider for which students have been approved by the Office of Career Strategy (see OCS website for details)

Political Science Summer Research and Internship Grants

The Department has funds available for sophomore and junior Political Science majors from the Frank M. Patterson fund to support summer research and Political Science-related internships. Students should also seek additional funding from other sources, especially for international travel.

Applications must include a 1-2 page statement describing the research or internship, an itemized budget, an unofficial Yale transcript (a PDF of the unofficial academic record from the SIS website will suffice), and a letter of recommendation (from a Yale faculty member, preferably a Political Science faculty member).

All information must be submitted by electronic upload to this website, including an unofficial electronic copy of transcript, by the deadline listed above. Please submit PDF files only.

Recipients will be asked to submit a brief (1-2) page report about their research or internship by September 24, 2018. Students will also be asked to enclose copies of receipts for transportation and lodging expenses.

Political Science: ‘Michael N. Levy ‘85 Fund for Political Internships 

To support students who are working on political election campaigns this summer. These grants are open to all undergraduates in the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. This fund will support two internships in the summer of 2018 and the maximum award amount per student will be $4,000.

The internships should be exclusively for working on political election campaigns, which theoretically could include national, state, or local candidate elections, broader election-focused groups (e.g., election-focused party affiliates such as the Democratic or Republican Congressional Campaign Committees or their equivalents), or ballot referenda.  All else equal, preference will be accorded in that order (first, specific candidates; then political groups; then referenda campaigns).

Applications must include a 1-2 page statement describing the internship, an itemized budget, an unofficial Yale transcript (a PDF of the unofficial academic record from the SIS website will suffice), and a letter of recommendation from a Yale faculty member (preferably a Political Science faculty member). Please submit PDF files only. 

Global Affairs: Les Aspin ’60 International Public Service Fellowships

Established by the Yale College Class of 1960 to honor the memory of their classmate, Les Aspin, a former member of Congress and United States Secretary of Defense. The fund supports Yale College undergraduates in summer internships related to the study of national security and international affairs, in the public or nonprofit private sector. The internships may be with a U.S. government agency, or a nonprofit corporation or non-governmental organization. Grants are awarded to sophomores and juniors with preference given to students in the International Studies Major.

Global Affairs: Leitner International Research and Internship Fellowship

The Jackson Institute for Global affairs invites applications for the Leitner International Research and Internship Fellowship. The fellowship provides support to undergraduate students undertaking a project contributing to an understanding of international affairs. A project may be an independent research project, an internship or formal study/coursework.

Charles E. Scheidt Family Foundation Summer Internship Fellowships

The Genocide Studies Program (GSP) at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International Affairs announces availability of the fellowships for undergraduate students to support an internship experience in the field of genocide and mass atrocity studies. The proposed internships should be with non-governmental or other organizations engaged in activities related to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. The internships should be approximately ten weeks in duration.

The CIPE Spanish and Latin American Fellowships include the John O’Leary and Patricia Cepeda Fellowship for the Study of Latin America, the Niebla Foundation Travel Fellowship, and the Yale College Class of 2004 Travel Fellowship.

The Yale College Class of 2004 Travel Fellowship has been established to support undergraduate students at Yale pursuing study, work, travel, or language programs in a country where Spanish is the primary language. Two awards are expected to be made each year.

CIPE Summer Journalism Fellowships: Bildner

These fellowships provide summer funding to students pursuing and furthering their study of writing, specifically in the field of journalism. The fellowships will consider self-designed journalism projects and internships related to all types of journalism (e.g. print, photo, broadcast).

CIPE Summer Journalism Fellowships: Shana Alexander

Note: Application to this fellowship competition will be via the CIPE Summer Common Application

This fellowship provides summer funding to students pursuing and furthering their study of writing, specifically in the field of journalism. The fellowships will consider self-designed projects and internships related to all types of journalism (e.g. print, photo, broadcast).

CIPE Summer Journalism Fellowships: Yale College Summer Journalism

Note: Application to this fellowship competition will be via the CIPE Summer Common Application

This fellowship provides summer funding to students pursuing and furthering their study of writing, specifically in the field of journalism. The fellowships will also consider self-designed projects and internships related to all types of journalism (e.g. print, photo, broadcast).

Class of 1982 Cowles Summer Fellowship

If you’re planning a project or internship related to media, government, or public service, we encourage you to apply for the Class of 1982 Cowles Summer Fellowship.  The Cowles Fellow will receive a grant of $2,500 to cover living expenses while he or she volunteers, conducts research, or serves as an intern in a field connected with public discourse or community service.

You might be considering an internship but need financial assistance to make it feasible. Perhaps you’re seeking support for an academic project or major paper on an aspect of government, community, or culture. Or maybe you have the chance to volunteer in Washington, D.C. or in your state capital, but lack the means to live away from home.

Elisa Spungen Bildner ’75 and Robert Bildner ’72 Israel Travel Grant

The Elisa Spungen Bildner ’75 and Robert Bildner ’72 Israel Travel Grant is awarded through Slifka Center and provides opportunities for Yale undergraduates to develop a deeper appreciation for the land of Israel and/or Judaism.

Friedman Family Travel/Research Fellowship

Note: Application to this fellowship competition will be via the CIPE Summer Common Application

Supports summer research projects related to urban development in the U.S. or abroad, with a preference for projects in developing countries. Also supports unpaid jobs and internships abroad related to urban studies; jobs and internships in the U.S. will only be considered if there is a significant research component. Summer activity must last at least 5 weeks.

Georg Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy Grants

The Georg Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students at Yale University whose research focuses on political economy.

Henry James Travel Fellowship

The Henry James Travel Fellowship supports students carrying out internships outside of the US during the summer. Applications for this fellowship will be accepted via the CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application.

Howard W. Hilgendorf Memorial Fellowship

The Howard W. Hilgendorf Memorial Fellowship supports unpaid or very low-paid, independently sought internships outside of the USA. Applications for this fellowship will be accepted via the CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application.

Robert C Bates Summer Fellowship for International Internships

The Robert C Bates Summer Fellowship for International Internships supports unpaid or very low-paid, independently sought internships outside of the USA. Applications for this fellowship will be accepted via the CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application.

Schusterman Israel Travel Grant

Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation offer generous financial support to defray the cost of summer work internship, academic studies and research in Israel.

Summer Fellowship in Japan

Note: Application to this fellowship competition will be via the CIPE Summer Common Application

The Japan Program of the Council on East Asian Studies has established the Summer Fellowship in Japan to support internships, projects, and research taking place in Japan. Language study and other study programs are not eligible.

Sunrise Foundation Travel Grant

Note: Application to this fellowship competition will be via the CIPE Summer Common Application

The Sunrise Foundation Travel Grant supports students who have obtained an internship position or have developed a project in an “emerging market” country.

Women in Government

Note: *Please email Sarah Siegel (sarah.siegel@yale.edu) to be included on the Women in Government email list to learn of all programming related to this Fellowship.  Events and workshops are held each semester.

This program is designed to encourage Yale undergraduates to explore political careers by participating in challenging (unpaid) internships with elected representatives in Congress or in other political arenas.  Proposed internships must include primary activities where students can see government and policy-making first-hand.

Minimum Duration: 8 weeks.  Projects of shorter duration will not be considered. The proposed project must be a full-time commitment (at least 30 hours per week) and be the primary activity for the duration of the internship.

Buckley Fellows Funding Application

The Buckley Program is eager to support its student fellows in their academic and professional endeavors. Fellows can apply for funding for travel to conferences at other universities or educational institutions, undergraduate research, and summer internships. If the above funding opportunities are not applicable to you, find the application for Buckley Fellows Funding Application.

 

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