Internship in the Rutgers Office of Federal Relations

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey opened its Washington office in 1994 to help keep the university's mission of teaching, research, and community service at the forefront of the minds of federal officials, legislators, and their staffs. The Office of Federal Relations works closely with Rutgers administrators, faculty, and students and with the New Jersey congressional delegation to secure support for the university's interest in federal financial aid, research funding, tax and regulatory matters. Rutgers shares office space with Princeton University's Office of Government Affairs located in the Hall of the States Building, just steps away from Union Station and the U.S. Capitol.

Internship Description

The Office of Federal Relations offers a nine-week, undergraduate summer internship. This summer's internship will run from June 7, 2021 through August 6, 2021. It is a 40-hour per week commitment with a $5,000 stipend. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly anticipated that the Summer 2021 Internship will be virtual. The selected applicant will not be expected to make housing accommodations in Washington, D.C. to participate in the internship.

The Federal Relations Intern engages in a wide variety of policy-related activities. This includes conducting research and analysis, tracking federal legislation, attending congressional and agency hearings, drafting congressional correspondence and briefing papers, and attending meetings for associations of which Rutgers is a member.

The internship offers unique hands-on experience in the world of politics and government relations in the heart of Washington, DC. While some general office administrative work is required, there is flexibility to tailor the responsibilities to the student's interests. The general government relations functions to be performed include:

  • Attending and reporting on congressional hearings and meetings summaries;
  • Accompanying staff to meetings on Capitol Hill and with the higher education community;
  • Sharing in the general work of the office, including administrative duties, tracking legislation, and responding to congressional requests for information;
  • Drafting correspondence to Congress, briefing papers and other written materials;
  • Conducting research in and analysis of higher education policy issues as well as other various topics of importance to Rutgers; and
  • Coordinating several social events for current Rutgers students and alumni in Washington, DC.

Application Process

Applications for the Summer 2021 internship are closed. We appreciate all undergraduate students with a particular interest in political science, public policy, science policy, or communications that applied.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Office of Federal Relations
400 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 351
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-220-1336