APA Policy Fellowships & Internships

APA Congressional Fellowship Program

The APA Congressional Fellowship Program offers members the opportunity to spend one year as a special assistant with a member of Congress or congressional committee on Capitol Hill. The program intends to:

  • Provide psychologists with an invaluable public policy learning experience

  • Contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government

  • Broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government

Congressional fellows often engage in conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, and preparing briefs and/or writing speeches.

Frequently asked questions about the APA Congressional Fellowship Program.

Current Fellowship Programs

Please note: Applicants interested in both the APA Congressional Fellowship Program and Executive Branch Science Policy Fellowship Program must complete and send separate applications. The selection process and management of the two programs are conducted independently within APA.

Graduate Student Internship — APA Government Relations

The Public Interest Policy Internship offers graduate students the opportunity to spend one year working on public interest policy issues on the staff of APA's Public Interest Directorate Government Relations Office. The Public Interest Government Relations Office helps to formulate and implement APA positions on major federal initiatives of importance to psychology in the public interest.

The Public Interest Policy Internship provides graduate students with first-hand knowledge of the ways in which psychological research can inform public policy and the roles psychologists can play in policy formulation and implementation.