Public Interest Policy Internship for Graduate Students

The purpose of this internship is to provide graduate students with firsthand knowledge of the ways in which psychological research can inform public policy and the roles psychologists can play in its formulation and implementation.

Deadline: March 19, 2015

Sponsor: APA Public Interest Government Relations Office


The graduate student intern will spend one year working on public interest policy issues on the staff of APA's Public Interest Government Relations Office. The office helps to formulate and implement APA positions on major federal policy initiatives of importance to psychology in the public interest. Moreover, the office works to influence legislative and regulatory activities impacting populations and areas, such as: 

  • Disabilities.
  • Aging.
  • Socioeconomic status.
  • Ethnic and racial minorities.
  • Children, youth and families.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS.
  • Social concerns (e.g., media or trauma, violence and abuse).

The intern's activities include participating in legislative and advocacy work, such as assisting in the preparation of briefing papers, testimony and other documents, and attending congressional hearings and coalition meetings. Public Interest policy interns work 15 hours per week from September until August in APA’s Central Office in Washington, D.C. The internship provides a stipend of $15 per hour.

How to Apply