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Internship Program

The Association of American Universities (AAU) offers paid internships in our Washington, D.C. office on a recurring basis during the fall and spring semesters. Interns will contribute to the operations of the premier higher education advocacy association, which includes 65 of America’s leading research universities. AAU member universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research while educating and training the next generation of leaders and innovators. AAU member universities also collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation and promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education.

We are seeking current college students to support our advocacy, institutional policy, and public opinion research efforts. Interns will have a front-row seat to the workings of public policy in D.C. and the opportunity to collaborate with an experienced team of professionals including AAU staff, issue area experts, and other higher education partners.

Our Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The AAU internship program is designed for students who are passionate about the ability of higher education and academic research to improve public health, address national challenges, and contribute to our economic strength. Our internship program will allow students to generate a valuable professional network, develop applicable knowledge and skills, and learn the inner working of the federal government, policy/public opinion research, and public affairs.

What You Will Learn and Accomplish

The major activities of the association – federal government relations, science policy and international affairs, institutional policy, public opinion research, and public affairs – are all devoted to maintaining a strong federal investment in university-based research and education. Interns regularly attend congressional hearings and markups, press events, meetings, and conferences. Interns will receive ongoing mentoring, sharpen their communication skills, and gain hands-on exposure in a cutting-edge industry by learning beyond the classroom.

Primary Activities/Responsibilities During Internships May Include Some of the Following:
  • Attend and report on congressional hearings and meetings in the higher education community.

  • Track legislation and congressional committee hearing schedules.

  • Draft congressional correspondence, briefing papers, and other written materials and analysis.

  • Shadow AAU staff in their daily activities and assist them as appropriate to gain exposure to Congress, other higher education and scientific associations, university government relations representatives, the executive branch, and federal agencies.

  • Assist AAU’s public opinion project in all aspects of the research process, from questionnaire design to analysis, data visualization, and presentation of results.

  • Contribute to one of the many higher education research projects currently ongoing at AAU by writing memos, compiling reports, and analyzing data.

Application Process

For information about currently available internship opportunities, click here. Please contact [email protected] to submit any questions regarding the program.

AAU is committed to a work environment that is inclusive to all and free of discrimination. AAU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We make all employment decisions without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

AAU also complies with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with AAU, please call 202.408.7500 or send an e-mail to [email protected] . AAU will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability.

As a condition of successful hire, individuals must (a) provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (to be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks must have passed since receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after the first dose in a single shot, and the receipt of a booster dose at least five months after the second dose of the two-dose series or two months after the single shot); or (b) obtain an approved accommodation.