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Postsecondary National Policy Institute 2020 Summer Scholars Program

Paid Undergraduate/Graduate Internship Opportunity

Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) 2020 Summer Scholars Program (https://pnpi.org/summer-scholars/): The Summer Scholars Program which runs from May 24–August 1, 2020 provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need to learn about federal higher education policy in the nation’s capital. Fully funded, the program provides scholars with accommodations, a metro card, a move-in stipend, an hourly wage, and transportation to and from Washington D.C. at the start and end of the program.

While in D.C., scholars work with the larger PNPI team to create high-quality learning experiences for current and prospective federal higher education policymakers, draft content for the PNPI website, engage in research on postsecondary issues, and attend D.C. based policy events. The goal of the program is to provide scholars with an opportunity to build their knowledge base and their network in federal higher education policy. In their final evaluations of the program, all of our scholars have credited PNPI with expanding their understanding of federal higher education policy, exposing them to new career paths, and impacting their long-range career goals. They also credited us with instilling in them greater confidence and a higher level of comfort in professional circles.

Summer Scholars Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a rising or current senior undergraduate or graduate student (full or part time status). Proof of enrollment required (recent transcript).
  • Must demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students must have received a Pell grant in the most recent academic year. Graduate students must have received a Pell grant in the final semester of their senior year AND must demonstrate Pell-eligibility for the most recent academic year per the estimated family contribution listed on their Federal Student Aid Report (2019-2020 EFC must be $5,576 or less).
  • All majors/fields of study accepted, but candidates must indicate an interest in postsecondary education policy.
  • If currently living outside of D.C., must be able and willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. from May 24 to August 1, 2020.
  • If selected for an interview, must have access to Zoom or Google Hangouts.
  • Must be able to work 35 hours/week in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the internship.
  • Must be able to travel with PNPI staff to Congressional events and seminars both on Capitol Hill and in the contiguous United States (all travel expenses covered by PNPI).
  • Must have excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-driven and highly-motivated independent worker.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who currently live or attend school outside of Washington, D.C. and who have never previously interned in Washington D.C.
  • Must submit application and all required materials no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2020. No late applications will be reviewed or accepted.


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