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Intern in Washington, D.C.

The Milton and Cynthia Friedman Internships in Washington, D.C. were created in 2000 through a generous gift from Cynthia Friedman, currently a trustee of the university, in memory of her husband, an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon. The grants encourage and support the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in policy-related internships located in the nation’s capital. They are designed to foster significant work experiences that complement students’ academic work and assist them as they make career and graduate education decisions.

Friedman interns work on substantive projects, develop professional skills and benefit from the personal attention of a supervisor at their organization. In addition to their professional duties, Friedman interns attend exciting events, both educational and social, presented by influential and effective politicians, academics and leaders from the nonprofit sector.   

All Carnegie Mellon undergraduates and graduate students from any college or school who have a strong academic record and would value the opportunity to spend a summer gaining firsthand policy experience in a public or private sector in Washington, D.C., are invited to apply. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Students are responsible for finding their own internships. There are many available resources open to them through the Career Center and TartanTrak, in their own particular schools and departments and through the experiences of fellow students who have participated in internships during past summers.

Grants of up to $3,000 are available. Six to ten grants will be awarded for the summer. Internships usually cover a 10-week period. Students find their own housing in Washington, although we can provide some general housing information. Friedman Interns are expected to attend informal seminars on policy topics and organized events around the District. These seminars and events are coordinated through Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Government Relations Washington, D.C. office.