OSTP White House Internship Program 2021

The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation.

The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The President, First Lady, and White House staff are committed to providing young leaders an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and serve their country through the White House Internship Program. This program was developed to provide hands-on experience and cultivate meaningful skills.

Policy Internships

Students interested in working on the development of national science and technology policy are recommended to apply for a policy internship. Ideal candidates have a passion for science and technology, strong research and writing skills, the ability to work while prioritizing several projects at once, a willingness to support outreach events and OSTP’s communications team (students interested in Communications or Public Affairs should inquire about opportunities to work primarily with OSTP’s communications team), and a desire for public service. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and academic programs. Any student, including law students, may apply for a policy internship.

plication Timeline for Policy Interns

Spring Semester (January – April): Applications Due October 20, 2018

Summer Semester (May – August): Applications Due February 1, 2021

Fall Semester (September – December): Applications Due June 1, 2021

Legal Internships

Law students and LLM students who serve as Legal Interns with OSTP have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the U.S. Government. OSTP Legal Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel and other supervising attorneys. Legal Interns gain diverse experience working on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and legislative affairs. Legal internships are open ONLY to students enrolled in law school or an LLM program.

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents and students who do not currently hold U.S. citizenship are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the desired internship term. Students in undergraduate, graduate, law, LLM, and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants available for 30+ hours per week.
Application Timeline for Legal Interns

Spring Semester (January – April): Applications Due October 10, 2018

Summer Semester (May – August): Applications Due January 20, 2021

Fall Semester (September – December): Applications Due June 1, 2021


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