Carnegie Mellon University

Learn and Intern in Washington, DC

Thinking about applying for summer internships in the nation's capitol? Add the Friedman Fellowships to your to-do list. 

For two decades, the Friedman Fellowships have supported Carnegie Mellon students who obtain low- or non-paying internships in public service, nongovernmental organizations, or other entities in DC. The Fellowships include stipends of up to $3,500 and expose students to leadership events and seminars as well. Students do not need a confirmed internship to apply.

The Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellowships were created in 2000 through a generous gift from Cynthia Friedman, a trustee emerita, in memory of her husband, an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon. The grants encourage 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, DC, are invited to apply. Graduating students are not eligible. Students are responsible for finding their own internships.

Internships usually cover a ten-week period. Students find their own housing in Washington, although we provide 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, DC, office, and the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

For more information about the Friedman Fellowship during the Fall or Spring semesters, please contact Meghan Mattern in the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

For more information about the Friedman Fellowship during the Summer semester, please contact Kelly Wadsworth in the Institute for Politics and Strategy.