Author: Rachel Williams

Recommendations from AEI’s Dr. Roslyn Layton

Roslyn Layton is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on digital technology industries and net neutrality. Layton develops policies for digitally connected domains and advises on government regulations. She participated in the Buckley Program’s Firing Line Debate on Net Neutrality, and after the event, Layton provided the following reading list for Buckley fellows:

“This is a reading list to help you think for yourself and push against orthodoxy. The purpose of inquiry and debate is to seek truth, engage in dialogue, and challenge opinions. Here are some resources to help you sharpen your reasoning and inspire you to make masterful argumentation.”

Blogs and Articles

  • Debatable Premises in Telecom Policy
    • This article examines 5 statements of received wisdom that underlie much popular, political, and academic support for increased telecommunications regulation. A hard copy of this article is available from the Buckley program.


  • EconTalk
    • Economics for daily life hosted by Russ Roberts of George Mason University and the Hoover Institution.
  • Federalist Society
    • Offers constitutional arguments and analysis of leading legal controversies.
  • HighTech Forum
    • Explaining the technology behind modern communications.


  • God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of “Academic Freedom” (1951)
    • William F. Buckley, Jr. critiques his Yale undergraduate experience, saying that the university forced collectivist, Keynesian, and secularist ideology on students and ridiculed their religious beliefs. Noting that university oversight was provided by god-fearing alumni, he argues that Yale failed its students by not teaching in a manner consistent with these values.
  • What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense
    • A bold and elegant defense of an institution maligned by popular culture, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T Anderson, and Robert George critique the idea that equality requires redefining marriage.

Professor Jack Goldsmith on Executive Power and Current Concerns

On Monday, April 9th, Jack Goldsmith, the Henry L Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University, joined the Buckley program for a dinner seminar. There he discussed his most recent book, Power and Constraint: The Accountable President After 9/11, and how the growth the executive branch is more important to pay attention to than ever.

By: Aryssa Damron

At the time of our meeting, questions still hung in the air over what President Trump would do in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria. Mark Zuckerberg was preparing to testify to Congress about the huge data breach associated with Cambridge Analytica. Questions about whether Trump could or would fire Robert Mueller were being lobbed at Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on a daily basis. The state of the union certainly gave Professor Goldsmith a lot to talk about.

On the topic of Syria, Professor Goldsmith started dinner by polling the room to see how people felt about air strikes. He then set forth his argument for why we should not act as such, citing historical precedents for the use of the war power by the president and how military action not backed up by action in Congress can be dangerous. Goldsmith also argues that it isn’t a conservative position to take in Syria, as war inevitably leads to bigger government which is antithetical to conservative goals.

On the topic of Mark Zuckerberg and Cambridge Analytica, Professor Goldsmith chided people for not being aware of what social media was already doing with their data, long before Cambridge Analytica came along. But, he admits, especially in the United States we use it for free and reap the benefits with little care to what happens to our data. Nonetheless, he does see reform coming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Zuckerberg congressional testimony, possibly in the form of regulation that has been seen in Europe in relation to privacy and data protection, though Congress would find it hard to get involved with the censorship questions and questions of content because of the First Amendment.
At dinner with several Buckley fellows, Goldsmith was excited to answer their plentiful questions, which ranged from follow-up questions about what we can do in Syria (Goldsmith admits there is no clear solution) and how the revival of a national draft might be the only thing that would make citizens care about what their military is doing.

When talking about what led him to where he is today, Professor Goldsmith admits that he had no interest in national security in law school.  He studied foreign relation law, which touched on national security law, but he became an expert on national security law when he worked in the government in the early 2000s.

The Buckley Program was pleased to welcome Professor Goldsmith to Yale and delighted to have our fellows show out in force for what amounted to a great conversation about not only the state of politics but how the history of presidential power and restraint can help us better understand an often confusing administration.

Aryssa Damron is a senior in Saybrook College.


JEB: A Classical Conservative

On March 27th and 28th, Buckley Fellows had the pleasure of attending a wide range of events with former Florida Governor and 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush in New Haven. He spoke with Buckley Fellows over meals, visited classes, and gave a lecture, touching upon a wide range of political topics. The following is one fellow’s reflection on his overall experience. 

By: Declan Kunkel

John Ellis “Jeb” Bush is not a name that is often connected with Yale. Politicians and laymen alike often think of his brother and father, George W. Bush ‘68 and George H.W. Bush ‘48. But Jeb, a politician in his own right, was the one making waves during a recent campus visit.

Bush’s comment about going home to his children after his loss in the 2016 South Carolina Republican Primary went viral, sparking responses from conservative pundits and journalists, as well as Donald Trump Jr. But for Bush, it did not matter. He was, as he had been for much of his political career, above the fray. Bush is a self-proclaimed “old-time” Republican, more in the style of Ronald Reagan than Ted Cruz.

In the speech that started the media storm, Bush called for a coming together, a modern form of big-tent conservatism.

“Maybe not a 19th-century or a 20th-century version of conservatism but certainly a 21st-century version of that,” Bush said. And, as if foreseeing the coming outrage, he continued, “sadly the fracturing of the conservative movement could not come at a worse time.” Bush promoted a modern form of an older ideal, a technologically advanced conservatism rooted in the respect and family values that were apparent during Reagan’s time in office. While morals should hold firm, Bush reasoned, “the 21st century conservative agenda cannot be nostalgic about the past,” but rather should focus on practical politics: education reform, tax reform, and restoring power to the states.

Bush, who served as the 43rd Governor of Florida, was often credited with instituting education reforms, including the issuance of vouchers and promoting school choice. His A+ Plan heightened standards in education through the state, and required testing of all students and graded all schools. During his tenure as governor, readings scores increased 11 points, more than five times the national average according to the Maine Heritage Policy Center. “Children are the future,” Bush said at a post-lecture event at Mory’s Clubhouse in New Haven. “If we aren’t investing in them, we are doing it wrong.” For Bush, conservatism strives to create a future by learning from the lessons of the past. “If there was ever need for a Bill Buckley-like approach to transforming conservatism in this country, it is right now,” Bush noted, pointing to William F. Buckley, Jr.’s trademark brand of intellectual, no-nonsense debate. “When there is a breakdown of public discourse, everyone loses.”

Bush expressed his gratitude and admiration for the student fellows of the Buckley Program. “It’s time to turn the helm over to you,” he said at one Breakfast event. “My generation has done a pretty good job fowling it up. But I take solace in knowing that people like you are working to make the world a better place.” In between bites of bacon and early-morning coffee, Bush said that he felt hopeful.

“But it will be a fight,” Bush remarked. Bush is a seasoned fighter himself, who knows when to make compromises and when to fight to the end.  While serving as governor, Bush fought against assaults on gun rights and freedom of speech and supported bills that cut back the government’s size while retaining its core functions. Bush championed a successfully balanced budget amendment and helped transform the State of Florida into one of the most successful economies within the United States. At the same time, Bush reached across the aisle to restore the Everglades, increase land conservation, and increase diversity in the racial composition of state courts.

As Bush highlighted in his lecture, since his presidential run he has focused on education reform and furthering his connection with God. He continues to advocate for charitable causes, notably the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and champions education reform. “Education is the key,” he remarked at a post-lecture breakfast. “And you all are getting the best.” As Bush looked around the Mory’s clubhouse, he saw pictures of his father and brother taken while they were getting their own education. The walls feature inscriptions of his paternal Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and his maternal Grandfather, George Herbert Walker. They all have impressive legacies of public service and intellectual conservatism. Jeb hopes that we carry them on.

Declan Kunkel is a junior in Morse College. 

Engagement is not Agreement: Thoughts on Governor Bush and the Buckley Program

During his visit, former Florida Governor and 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush took the time to sit down with fellows for an informal chat over coffee in New Haven. The following is one student fellow’s reflection on the discussion, as well as assessment of campus culture surrounding engagement with conservative thought through the Buckley Program.

By: Eric Wallach

“You’re in the Buckley Program?” a friend asks, trying to restrain her face from its inevitable wince.

Through this question and many others, I’ve encountered a certain oddity on Yale’s campus—a presumption which is sly, seemingly innocuous, and yet fairly malignant: if you’re engaged with anything Conservative, then you must identify as a Conservative.

Simply put, this wince and its underlying assumption reflect the fallacious idea of ‘guilt by association.’ In other words, that because there are so-called ‘hateful’ Conservatives in the Buckley Program, anyone who associates with them must also identify as Conservative, or—at the very least—they must support a repulsive and regressive brand of conservativism.

But aren’t these hasty generalizations exactly what liberals detest? For example, that acts of terrorism and crime by select Islamic groups should not be associated with increased security against all observers of Islam?

“No,” they’ll point out, “most observers of Islam are peaceful—they’re not complicit in the extremist violence.”

But I, on the other hand, am supposedly complicit—either actively, passively, or by virtue of my silence, I am viewed as responsible for the ‘wrongdoing’ of the Buckley Program.

In my mind, this belief is fundamentally linked to the way in which Yale students receive and deploy a certain kind of social capital as liberals within a predominantly left-leaning institution. The largely uncritical use of terms like ‘intersectional’ is in vogue—and so too is shaming or delegitimizing people who are open to conservative ideas.

What more evidence is there that being liberal is a form of social capital? Consider this anecdote from my Psychology 110 class earlier today. Professor Bloom was lecturing on how people tend to value their ingroups—social groups with which a person psychologically identifies—even when that group is arbitrarily determined.

For instance, Professor Bloom showed a video which was set during the Q&A section of one of the Republican presidential debates. In the video, a somewhat older, white woman asked why the U.S. spends so much of its money on foreign aid despite the continued existence of so many domestic problems. In other words, her question espoused the view that the U.S. should prioritize its own citizens above those of other nations.

When Professor Bloom asked the class whether this woman’s question was a good one, less than ten students raised their hands. But what if, instead of Fox News’ logo hovering in the corner of the video, it was BBC’s logo? Or what if, instead of an older, white woman asking the question, it was a minority?

After all, the idea that nationality is a morally relevant feature of one’s identity is not a new idea; in fact, it’s quite common. In ancient Greece, for instance, a man would identify himself as a citizen of a particular polis, or city-state, and thereby signal to what and to whom he held his allegiance. The political culture idealized by Aristotle and Plato was—in fact—uncosmopolitan, much as the view of this woman.

Was the assumption behind her question correct? In my opinion, it was not. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service reported that in 2015, only 1.3-percent of the federal budget was devoted to foreign aid. It seems clear that the amount of foreign aid the U.S. provides is not in substantial conflict with any obligation the nation may have to its own citizens.

But Professor Bloom didn’t ask if her question was well-informed—he asked if her question was good. Based on the historical conflict over cosmopolitanism and the fact that most citizens are not well-informed on matters of the federal budget, it’s hard to say that her question wasn’t fair or at the very least important.

So the reluctance of my classmates to raise their hands seems to be ample evidence of the social capital in disassociating from conservative views—a fact that becomes even more evident by looking at the statistics. According to a 2016 campus survey, for instance, 75-percent of Yale’s student body believes that our campus is unwelcoming towards Conservative viewpoints, and only 12-percent of the student body self-identifies as Conservative.

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All of that said, Governor Bush’s coffee chat and following presentation were exactly why I—someone who leans liberal but also values independent thought—decided to join the Buckley Program and continue to celebrate its efforts. His discussion and presentation of a 21st century brand of conservativism showed conscientiousness and level-headedness. As Carol Liebau, President of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, remarked after the event: “To me, the talk wasn’t a matter of controversy. It was Governor Bush’s vision of where conservativism needed to make sure it was mindful in order to remain relevant.”

Bush added that “the 21st century conservative agenda cannot be nostalgic about the past,” urging his audience to consider the impact of job displacement from automation. He even went as far as to say that the Republican party must actively fight against those who condone sexual assault, adding that if Bill Clinton had worked in the private sector, he likely would have faced severe legal penalties for the way in which his personal conduct was an abuse of power. For many reasons, according to Governor Bush, Washington politics is inherently dysfunctional due to its sheltering from America—that is, the real problems, penalties, and people that comprise the United States.

There’s more to add, but my key takeaway was this: The Buckley Program is not a group of radical, ill-intentioned Conservatives trying to stay relevant through sensationalizing trivial news, but rather a group of conscientious and pragmatic thinkers who seek truth in a complex society—much as all Yalies are here to do. I came to the coffee chat with ten questions prepared, but ended up asking none. I felt that my questions would detract from the fruitful and largely impartial conversation spurred by the other students in the room—a true testament to the rigor of those in the Buckley Program.

As I’ve said to many of my friends, I was thoroughly impressed by how reasonable Governor Bush was at the coffee chat and his following lecture. That doesn’t mean I support Governor Bush, and that certainly doesn’t mean I think he’s a flawless person. However, it does mean that I found his perspective useful, and that I sincerely value the time I spent with him due to the hard work of the Buckley Program.

It still astounds me that walking out of Governor Bush’s event, I overheard someone remark that “it was actually a great event! But the Buckley Program is still repugnant,” as if they had to diminish Governor Bush and the Buckley Program in order to preserve their reputation. Yet I remain hopeful that politics can be disassociated from social capital, and that people on all sides of the political spectrum can learn to appreciate the phenomenal opportunities made possible by the Buckley Program.

Eric Wallach is a first year in Grace Hopper College.


Restoring Civility with Governor Jeb Bush

On March 27, 2018, Buckley Fellows had the pleasure of having lunch with former Florida Governor and 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush in New Haven. Here, he spoke with a group of a dozen Buckley Fellows, touching upon a wide range of political topics. The following is one fellow’s reflection on his experience.

By: Andreas Ravichandran

Governor Bush touched upon topics from education policy to gun control, but the issue that struck a chord with me was his discussion of civility in politics. He presented a bleak picture of American politics, one that I expect most Americans on both sides of the political spectrum sense. Politicians no longer talk about policy and it seems that Congress is more dysfunctional than ever before. Drama and maneuvering dominate the headlines; bipartisanship always seems dead on arrival. When he was asked to reflect upon the current state of our political culture, Bush was exceptionally pessimistic, citing the growth in personal attacks and the toxicity of the 2016 election. But his most interesting point came while attempting to explain the causes of this. Rather than pointing to the obvious figure of blame (whom Bush refused to mention), he instead highlighted that “our politics mirror culture.” In his eyes, insults took precedence in 2016 not just as a result of the actions of our politicians, but because the culture of America condoned and even endorsed them. One illustrative example that he pointed to was the unnecessary drama of reality television programs such as The Bachelor, which exemplify the public’s desire for this type of drama, which seeps its way into politics.

In the eyes of many, including Bush, the culture of America seems to be corroding. Social institutions such as churches and community organizations have seen declining membership, and Americans are less engaged in person with others than ever before. Citing Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam extensively, Bush lamented the decline of a social safety net and community ability to support those in need. I certainly felt the same, and the rise of social media seems to be an inadequate substitute for the type of religious and community organizations that can provide real, substantive aid to those in crisis. Instead, we see the rise of online communities that group us with those who think like us, which contributes further to a toxic culture of tribalism in politics.

As Governor Bush highlighted, groupthink caused by social media and a culture that tolerates abrasive politics further weakens the social safety net in real communities, increasing reliance on larger institutions like the government. One interesting observation by Bush has been the rise in the language of “positive rights,” such as the right to food and the right to health care as examples of the rising expectations for government intervention that come alongside fractured social networks.

Governor Bush’s lunch presented quite a pessimistic outlook on the future of American politics and the country’s broader culture, but I remain hopeful that a restoration of the American spirit can happen through an idealistic younger generation more centered on social engagement and experiences rather than material objects. I am thankful to the Buckley Program for giving me the opportunity to engage in such a thought-provoking meal, and hope to mull and read about these issues in the future.

Note: One book I began reading in the past week after this lunch was Fractured Republic by Yuval Levin. I would recommend it to someone interested in this topic, as it touches upon many of the same themes.

Andreas Ravichandran is a junior in Benjamin Franklin College.


Buckley Fellows Funding Application

William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale

Student Fellows Funding Application

The Buckley Program is eager to support its student fellows in their academic and professional endeavors. While we offer on-campus programming as well as paid summer internships at various publications and think tanks, we also recognize that our student fellows may secure other excellent opportunities on their own. We seek to support those pursuits that are in the spirit of our mission. This may include funding for travel to conferences at other universities or educational institutions, undergraduate research, and summer internships.

Guidelines: Given that the Buckley Program’s resources are limited, we regret that we may not be able to fund all requests. We encourage fellows to seek funding from other sources in the University or elsewhere when possible.

Requests for funding will be considered on a rolling basis. Generally, we will respond with a decision within two weeks.

Instructions: To apply, please complete this form and send it to our Executive Director, Lauren Noble, at along with your resume.

  1. Name:
  2. Mailing Address:
  3. E-mail:
  4. Phone:
  5. Residential College:
  6. Class Year:
  7. Major:
  8. Funding Requested:
  9. Purpose: __ Conference __ Research __ Summer Internship __ Other
  10. Have you requested and/or received funding for this opportunity from other sources? If so, how much and from where?  
  11. What is your involvement in the Buckley Program?
  12. In two or three paragraphs, describe the opportunity you wish for the Buckley Program to help fund. Please explain how it relates to our mission and how it will further your academic or career goals.
  13. What is your budget?   

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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:

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:

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 ( 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.