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The Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service

Upcoming Internship Opportunities

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Ongoing internship opportunities

The The Office of Cathy McMorris Rogers is looking for spring, summer, fall, and winter quarter interns for the DC office. Applicants should be detail-oriented and friendly, as well as be able to successfully multitask in a fast-paced, professional environment. Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as strong customer service skills, are required. This is a paid position. Washington State ties are a plus, but not required. Please direct any questions and applications to

The Office of the WA Secretary of State

Summer-long internships are available in Olympia. Opportunities include marketing and media internships as well as through the Legacy Washington program. For more information, follow the link or check out the site of the SOS.


WA State Republican Party

All across the state intern opportunities are available! An essential objective of these internship opportunities include learning the skills necessary for grassroots campaigning, finance/development, and communications. College credit may be available. To apply send a resume and cover letter to

WA State Democratic Party

The Washington State Democratic Party is currently not offering internships at this time. However, the Washington State Democrats have created an innovative volunteering program for digital outreach. Some tasks include texting events, phone banking, and more! For more information, please visit the link above.


Internship opportunities with constant openings

  • Foley Institute, WSU
    • The Foley Institute offers a skill building experience that will prepare you for a future career in public service. During the internship you will gain experience in effective communication in print and online, event management skills, and learn to support the institute’s public affairs programming in an often fast-paced, professional, but welcoming environment.
  • Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Pullman
    • The hotline volunteers at Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse are the first voices survivors hear when they call. They’re passionate, committed, caring people, and we rely on them to continue to provide 24-hour advocacy to both Whitman and Latah counties. Volunteers are trained twice a year in the spring and fall, and ATVP asks for a year’s commitment from everyone who joins. Do you want to help survivors? Consider becoming a volunteer advocate!
  • ASWSU Student Lobby Team
  • Democratic National Convention
    • Interning at the DNC is a unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate future leaders to gain real life, hands-on experience in Democratic politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process and prepare for future political opportunities. It’s also a great way to form lasting connections and memories.
  • Division of Governmental Studies and Services
    • DGSS is a trusted link between the resources of WSU and the people and organizations of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Helping to improve the quality of life for more than five decades, DGSS provides applied research, training, and technical assistance for organizations and communities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Foreign Affairs Council, Seattle
    • Volunteer interns are a critical part of the World Affairs Council and will contribute to its mission while gaining hands-on work experience. The Council is seeking committed and goal-oriented volunteer interns to work in programming, development, and communications. Interns will each be assigned to one program or department and will have the opportunity to complete projects that may be used in a work portfolio or for academic credit.
  • Model United Nations, New York
    • UNA-USA has a growing network of youth leaders advocating for global progress on the world stage. No matter what global issue you’re passionate about, there’s a way to take action with UNA-USA.
  • Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office
    • This is legal intern work in the Prosecuting Attorney’s or Public Defender’s office. Intern duties include obtaining police reports and records; contacting and interviewing witnesses; researching legal questions and prepares legal documents; preparing cohesive presentation for legal argument at trial.
  • Student Legal Services, WSU
    • Students seeking to intern as a volunteer will have a minimum of three weekly office hours. Students seeking an internship for credit may obtain one at SLS as part of CCGRS, the Criminal Justice or Political Science departments, and must complete a minimum of eight office hours a week.
  • U.S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany
    • The U.S. Commercial Service Germany offers internship opportunities throughout the year at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the U.S. Consulates General in Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich.
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Adam Smith (D-WA)
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
  • U.S. Senate, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    • Senator Patty Murray’s D.C. office is seeking both full and part-time paid Legislative and Press Interns- preferably with ties to Washington State- who exhibit strong written and verbal skills. Typical legislative intern responsibilities include: researching for staff, attending hearings and briefings in specific legislative areas, carrying out projects in specific issue areas, and performing a variety of administrative tasks including fielding calls from constituents and leading constituent tours of the U.S. Capitol. For questions about the internship or how to apply, feel free to reach out to
  • U.S. Senate, Senator Maria Cantwell
  • Washington State Court Historical Society
  • Washington State Legislative Internship, Olympia
  • …and many more!

There are a number of internships available through the Foley Institute. Below is a partial list of some of the organizations where we have placed students in the past few years. If you would like more information about these internships, or would like to hear about other opportunities that are currently available, please contact the internship coordinator at 509-335-3477.