Brademas Internship Program
February 4, 2022 (11:59 PM ET)
February 10-11, 2022
- Acceptance Notices
February 18, 2022
The Brademas Center is pleased to offer a unique, sponsored opportunity to New York University Washington, DC undergraduate students pursuing an internship with a focus on the United States Congress. With over a decade of success, the Brademas Internship Program has provided funding and an enhanced learning experience to these select NYU students. In addition to the experience gained through their internship, students develop an advanced understanding of Congress as a policymaking institution through work on research projects that are supervised by faculty and fellows affiliated with the Center. Brademas Interns also participate in the Young Leaders Network, a program in collaboration with other national centers for the study of Congress, in which students hear from high level policymakers, journalists, and scholars in small group settings.
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full-time at NYU Washington, DC and already have a confirmed placement in the office of a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate (or, with approval from the Center, at a Federal agency, nongovernmental organization, or think tank engaging with Capitol Hill). Applicants also must hold a 3.0 GPA or higher. Six NYU Washington, DC students are selected each semester, and this competitive program takes place over the course of eight to ten weeks in the Fall or Spring academic semesters.
Brademas Interns receive a $2,500 stipend and must submit a short research paper upon completion of the program. Please note that candidates can apply to the Brademas Internship Program only after securing a confirmed internship placement. If you are an undergraduate at NYU Washington, DC and a United States military veteran, there are additional funding and placement opportunities available. Please contact Brademas.Center@nyu.edu for additional information.
In line with NYU’s COVID-19 policies, and to ensure the safety and health of our community, students may participate in this internship program remotely if in-person placements are not available.
- Completed application form
- 2 Letters of recommendation (from faculty members or employers)
- Contact information (phone and email) of 2 references (other than recommenders)
- Current resume
- Official transcript
- Short personal statement, explaining specific interests related to national politics/policy-making and expectations for the experience (no more than 300 words)
- A short writing sample, not to exceed 3 pages double spaced
*All documents should be sent in PDF format in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject line: "Your Last Name, Your First Name: Brademas Center Intern."
Application submissions and questions can be directed to Thomas McIntyre (email@example.com) or call 202-654-8327.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a list of approved organizations that are accepted in this program?
A: We typically approve internships off Capitol Hill if they have a significant engagement with Congress (i.e. think tanks and research centers working on current legislation, legislative liaison offices, etc.). You can review where past students have interned on our Student Internship Papers page.
Q: I’ve been invited to interview, but won’t be in NYC during the available time slots. Can I still participate?
A: Skype interviews will be available for students unable to attend in-person in NYC.
Q: I will have graduated by the time the internship program starts. Am I still able to apply?
A: Unfortunately, students who have already graduated are ineligible for this program. You must be matriculated and enrolled in a program leading to a degree.
Q: I'm an international student and I wanted to know if my application would still be considered given my visa status?
A: Yes, your application will still be considered, as long as you have a valid F-1 (student) visa. The stipend provided is paid through the bursar's office, which does not violate the conditions of your visa.
Q: Is it necessary for our recommenders and people we list for references be different? And overall, how long are recommendations expected to be?
A: Yes, it is helpful if the recommenders are different than your references. Typically, letters are about a page long, 3-4 paragraphs. It’s preferred that recommendation letters come from faculty members or former employers and sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.