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Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology staff in OSTP’s policy divisions (policy internship) or on OSTP’s legal team (legal internship).

More information about the application process can be found by clicking here.

Policy Internships

Students interested in working on the development of national science and technology policy are recommended to apply for a policy internship. Ideal candidates have a passion for science and technology, strong research and writing skills, the ability to work while prioritizing several projects at once, a willingness to support outreach events and OSTP’s communications team (students interested in Communications or Public Affairs should inquire about opportunities to work primarily with OSTP’s communications team), and a desire for public service. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and academic programs. Any student, including law students, may apply for a policy internship.

Application Timeline for Policy Interns

Spring Semester 2021 (January – April): Applications Due October 22, 2021

Summer Semester 2021 (May – August): Applications Due January 19, 2021

Fall Semester 2021 (September – December): Applications Due July 16, 2021

Legal Internships

Law students and LLM students who serve as Legal Interns with OSTP have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the U.S. Government. OSTP Legal Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel and other supervising attorneys. Legal Interns gain diverse experience working on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and legislative affairs. Legal internships are open ONLY to students enrolled in law school or an LLM program.

  • Legal internship applications only should be sent to:
  • Questions about your legal internship application should be sent to:
  • Please send your cover letter, resume, writing sample, copy of transcript, and references as one PDF.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents and students who do not currently hold U.S. citizenship are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the desired internship term. Students in undergraduate, graduate, law, LLM, and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants available for 30+ hours per week.
Application Timeline for Legal Interns

Fall Semester 2021 (September – December): Applications Due July 16, 2021

Spring Semester 2021 (January – April): Applications Due October 22, 2021

Summer Semester 2021 (May – August): Applications Due January 19, 2021

OSTP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.