Internships-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University

Internship Opportunities

Internships and fellowships, available during both the academic year and the summer, provide students with numerous opportunities to develop their professional abilities and knowledge of policy-related fields. Students interested in taking courses and working as interns during a semester in Washington, DC, should apply to the Carnegie Mellon Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP). Students should consult the CMU Career and Professional Development Center for guidance in searching for an internship. 

Internship Highlights

IRP and CMU/WSP are strongly encouraged to apply to the following internship opportunities:

White House Internship Program Deadline for summer 2016: January 15, 2016
U.S. Department of State Deadline for summer 2016: October 23, 2015

Other Internship Opportunities

Research Associates of the Research Lab in International Relations and Politics have compiled an extensive list of policy-related internships. This list is updated periodically, so students should check back to ensure that they have the most recent version. Please e-mail any suggested edits, updates, or additional internship opportunities to

Financial Resources

Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellowships

The Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellowships in Washington, DC, were created in 2000 through a generous gift from Cynthia Friedman, currently an emeritus 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' coursework and assist them as they make career and graduate education decisions.

Academically qualified students may apply for Summer Friedman Fellowships through the Carnegie Mellon University Office of Government Relations.

Students participating in CMU/WSP are eligible for Semester Friedman Fellowships, which are awarded at the time of admission to the CMU/WSP at the discretion of the CMU/WSP admissions committee.

H&SS Summer Internship Opportunity Grants

H&SS Summer Internship Opportunity Grants are designed to help defray expenses incurred during summer internships. Undergraduates with primary majors in H&SS, BHA, and SHS and strong academic records are eligible for these grants.   

The Peter C. Dozzi Pittsburgh Internship Initiative

Intended to retain Carnegie Mellon students in the Pittsburgh region, the Peter C. Dozzi Pittsburgh Internship Initiative is offered through the CMU Career and Professional Development Center and provides funding to students who choose to pursue internships in Pittsburgh. 

Check out CIRP's extensive internship database.
Check out the Dietrich College Internship Insider.
Summer 2014 IRP Internship Sites
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • United Nations Development Program
  • Project Yele
  • U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (STEP)
  • The Raben Group
  • NASA History Office, NASA Headquarters
  • Carnegie Mellon Office of Admissions
  • U.S. Department of State: American Embassy in San Salvador
  • White House: Office of the Internship Coordinator
  • IBM
  • Pennsylvania Republican National Committee
  • Poder Cuidadano
  • Command Consulting Group
  • Ministry of Unification (Government of the Republic of Korea)
  • Engineering Technology Company (Singapore)
  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Pacific Economic Cooperation Council Secretariat & UBS Wealth Management
  • Department of Justice
  • Politics PA
  • World Peace Council
  • Clean Water Action
  • International Red Cross
  • Pepsi
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Ksure NY Coporation