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    Alex Greer
    M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
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    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
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    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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    Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
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    Emma Odren
    MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
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    Fratern Masika Tarimo
    MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
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    Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
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    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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    Alexandra Tarantino
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    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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    Wei-Ming Chen
    Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
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    Michelle Kung
    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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We are now accepting applications for the Biden Institute Summer Fellows Program!

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This summer the Biden Institute is launching our first class of Biden Institute Summer Fellows. Selected students will have the opportunity to work in Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, or New York. 

Working with our partners, these fully funded, career focused 8-10 week internships will provide students with hands-on experience in public policy, communications and advocacy with non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Applicants must be University of Delaware students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall of 2020 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of submitting their application. . The application deadline is March 27, 2020.

Internship Sites:

  • Author Victoria Nourse
  • Active Minds
  • Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence 
  • Delaware  Office of Women's Advancement and Advocacy
  • Financial Women’s Association
  • Governor John Carney’s Office of Communications 
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office 
  • Rise Justice Labs
  • Student Veterans of America 
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia

Application Requirements: 

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 500 word essay detailing your career aspirations and why you believe this internship is right for you. 


  • Excellent writing, editing and research skills
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and reliable
  • Able to work independently and take initiative
  • Excellent technical skills and social media savvy
  • Strong organizational, planning and management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite
  • Clear grasp of the policy and lawmaking process
  • Ability to project confidence and competency when working with senior members of the legislative and executive branches

  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the formulation and recommendation of policy positions

  • Ability to adapt and respond quickly to changing landscapes and to work well under pressure and deadlines

  • Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to handle competing deadlines

Apply for Biden Institute Summer Fellows Program



Active Minds - Cross-Departmental Intern/Policy Intern stacked color.jpg<p>​The Active Minds cross-departmental internship will build your project management skills. You’ll work for multiple departments, including Programs, Communications and Marketing, Fundraising, and administration/Management. You’ll experience a collaborative work environment and will gain an insider perspective into how a nonprofit operates. If you have a specific interest, please note this in your cover letter.<br></p><ul><li>Research, writing, editing projects</li><li>Administrative and data entry support</li><li>Communications and social media support</li><li>Assisting with small and large-scale event planning</li><li>Design/creative projects</li><li>Other duties may be assigned<br></li></ul>Washington D.C.
Author Victoria Nourse - Research Assistant Nourse330x330.png<p>This book project is tentatively entitled:  <em>Before #MeTOO—Biden’s Battle for Women’s Civil Rights</em>.   The book tells the history of the fight between then-Senator Biden and Chief Justice Rehnquist over the “core” of the Violence Against Women Act—its civil rights remedy.</p><p>Victoria Nourse is a law professor at Georgetown Law School and a former staffer to Senator and Vice President Biden.<br></p><p><br></p><ul><li>​Research into the history of the Violence Against Women Act. </li><li>Research into the history of women’s rights in the early 1990s.   </li><li>Research will require use of newspaper and congressional databases as well as archival work.<br></li></ul>Washington D.C.
Delaware Office of Women's Advancement and Advocacy - Policy Intern<p>The Office of Women's Advancement and Advocacy (OWAA) is responsible for overseeing the State's women's right work, including leading the ongoing implementation of women's rights legislation, evaluating current women's rights legislation, building support for new legislation, and advising the Governor's Office, the Legislature and the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources. </p><p>The OWAA Policy Intern will primarily focus on researching and drafting a memo of policy and program ideas to address the needs of women and girls in Delaware. Since OWAA approaches “women’s issues” in a broad and intersectional way, this memo will include a wide range of issues, including health, education and economic security. And since OWAA is housed within the Department of Human Resources, this memo will also include ideas for addressing the needs of women within the state workforce.  </p><ul><li>Assess and analyze any gaps in the policy and program landscape for Delaware women and girls. </li><li>Identify new and emerging policies and programs to improve the lives of Delaware women and girls. </li><li>Draft a persuasive and well-research policy memo of policy and program ideas for consideration.  </li><li>Represent OWAA at offsite meetings and events, take notes, and report back. </li><li>Assisting with the staffing of OWAA events.  </li></ul>Wilmington, DE
Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Policy Intern Logo 1.jpg<p>​DCADV works with direct service providers, government officials, and business and community partners to promote equality in relationships and strive to alter the social conditions that allow violence and abuse to occur.<br></p><ul><li>Monitoring and analyzing legislation</li><li>Developing materials to inform State Legislators and domestic violence coalition partners about critical issues</li><li>Helping draft legislation</li><li>Attending state legislative hearings, briefings, and press conferences</li><li>Tracking media mentions, press contacts, and other communications</li><li>Participating in grassroots organizing efforts</li></ul><p><em>Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Women and Gender Studies concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention</em></p>Wilmington, DE
Financial Women’s Association - Policy Intern<p>Founded in 1956, the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), located in New York City, is a leading executive organization of over 900 Members committed to shaping leaders in business and finance with a special emphasis on the role of and development of women.  </p><p>The FWA serves its Members through educational programs and networking opportunities, and serves the community through its nationally acclaimed scholarship, mentoring and training programs.  The FWA also sponsors local, national and international forums to enable Members to gain needed insights into the turning points and trends that shape our global economy.   The FWA is dedicated to developing future leaders, enhancing the role of women in finance, and investing in the community.</p>New York, NY
Governor John Carney’s Office - Communications Intern<p>This is an exciting internship opportunity in Governor John Carney’s communications office. The Communications Intern will be responsible for assisting the communications department in the execution of press strategy and social media planning.</p><p>This position will deal with a wide variety of subject matter and work products, many of which are oriented around strict deadlines.</p><br><ul><li>Social media and digital drafting </li><li>Reviewing press release, media advisory, and talking point drafts</li><li>Transcribing the Governor's remarks </li><li>Media monitoring and archiving, assisting with the day-to-day operations of the communications and policy teams </li><li>Conducting research for briefings and memos, policy issues will vary </li><li>The role will also involve assisting in organizing and staffing events in Delaware with the Governor. Event day duties will vary but often include the following:</li><ul><li>Pre-event site logistics planning </li><li>Helping set up the location to make the shot looks great</li><li>Taking photos and video for use on social media</li><li>Press sign-in or other event logistics<br></li></ul></ul>Wilmington, DE
Human Rights Campaign - Policy & Government Intern<p>The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.<br></p><p>The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.</p><ul><li>Research and track legislative issues such as non-discrimination protections, hate crimes, HIV and AIDS, church/state, criminal justice reform, voting rights, and other issues paramount to LGBTQ equality and HRC’s mission. Provide memos as tasked on issues for our lobbyists;</li><li>Assist in the preparation of materials for HRC Lobby Days and other visits to Capitol Hill;</li><li>Attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill and HRC events. Monitor hearings and write memos for our lobbyists. This includes watching live on C-SPAN and attending in person on the Hill. Attend coalition meetings when appropriate and write memos for our lobbyists;</li><li>Engage members and supporters in grassroots activism through digital outreach, and assist in-state staff with resources for organizing and volunteer management;</li><li>Provide legal referrals for external litigation requests; manage HRC’s contract database;</li><li>Assist the Project One America Coordinator in preparing for and managing various events, summits, luncheons and gatherings that will take place both in D.C. and in the field;</li><li>Provide administrative support to your department, including but not limited to basic finances, answering phones, writing letters, drafting emails, scheduling meetings, and creating trip briefing materials.</li></ul>Washington D.C.
New York State Department of Health - Policy Intern of NY purple health dept.jpg<p>​An intern in this position could expect to perform reviews of previous regulations/policies, evaluate those regulations/policies and research possible updates.  You would be tracking legislation that impacts the Department of Health as it moves through the Pennsylvania legislature.  Interns may be asked to research health issues related to newly passed legislation and assist in the implementation of parts of that legislation.  They may provide administrative coordination for projects related to department operations.  Interns who are interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer, a policy director or hospital administrator may be interested in this emphasis.<br></p>New York City, New York
Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office - Policy and Planning Intern AGs seal pdf.jpg<p>​The Office of Policy and Planning advises the Attorney General and other senior officials in OAG on matters of internal and external policy, conducts research, and helps plan the future of the Office. Interns will deal with a dynamic range of tasks, the subject matter of which will be highly dependent on current developments in public policy, both in Pennsylvania and nationwide.<br></p><ul><li>Work closely with the Director of Policy and Planning on a wide range of issues affecting Pennsylvanians including criminal justice issues, civil rights issues, healthcare initiatives, environmental concerns, and gun violence enforcement.</li><li>Conduct policy research and draft memoranda;</li><li>Compile and maintain data, statistics, and accompanying resources;</li><li>Conduct outreach and communicate with topic experts, government officials, and others;</li><li>Perform other tasks as required.</li></ul><p><strong>Application Requirements:</strong></p><ul><li>If selected, applicants will be required to submit to a background check.</li><li>Applicants to this internship are required to submit a writing 2-3 page writing sample.<br></li></ul>Philadelphia, PA
Rise Justice Labs - Policy Intern Justice Labs logo.png<p>​Interns will get direct experience in writing bills, passing laws, negotiating United Nations resolutions, and building a social movement. Past intern classes have organized and attended NASA rocket launches, conducted and prepared United States Congressional hearings, and travelled abroad to coalition build for the United Nations portfolio. Interns aid in Rise’s legislative campaigns around the country and world.<br></p><ul><li>Support the efforts of Rise in its various State, Federal and Global efforts however necessary</li><li>Support the efforts other campaigns within Rise Justice Labs however necessary</li><li>Assist in researching, developing, editing, and reviewing internal documents and briefing materials, including informational memos</li><li>Provide direct support to senior staff in media events, including research, briefings and staffing</li><li>Complete additional projects and other duties as assigned</li><li>Change the world<br></li></ul>Washington D.C.
Student Veterans of America - Policy Intern Logo.png<p>​The policy associate (PA) for Student Veterans of America (SVA) operates directly with the Vice President of Government Affairs (VP) to execute the policy research and advocacy implementation of the organization. SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. This position would expose selected candidates to cabinet-level executive branch leadership, senior members of congress, and fast-paced policy making experiences.<br></p><p>It is the responsibility of the PA to provide direct support to VP on administration, research, and analysis. Primary duties will include to:</p><ul><li>Track and summarize legislative and executive branch proposals in assigned issue areas</li><li>Monitor legislative developments within committees;</li><li>Prepare for, attend, and summarize the outcomes of congressional committee hearings and meetings with external partners;</li><li>Provide information on and generate ideas for press, mass mailings, and newsletters;</li><li>Perform other duties as assigned.<br></li></ul>Washington D.C.
United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia - Policy Intern<p>​The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, these prosecutions extend from misdemeanor drug possession cases to murders. On the federal side, these prosecutions extend from child pornography to gangs to financial fraud to terrorism. In both roles, the Office is committed to being responsive and accountable to the citizens of the District of Columbia.</p><p>*<em>Please note that every student internship is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a security clearance.</em></p><ul><li>Services to victims of gender based violence including sexual assault and domestic violence.<br></li></ul>Washington D.C.

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