Policy Apprenticeship

Jump-start your Washington-based federal career

Our graduate students spend six-months in Policy Apprenticeships at DC-based public, private, nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations.

After two semesters (fall, spring) of intensive policy coursework in Austin, the DC Concentration students (LBJ DC Fellows) then move immediately to Washington, DC for two semesters (summer, fall) to continue their studies during evenings at the LBJ Washington Center. They also undertake their six-month Policy Apprenticeships with a DC-based public or private policy organization. More substantive and longer in duration than a traditional internship, the Policy Apprenticeship program includes only professionally trained graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing federal policy careers in the nation’s capital. DC Fellows are available for both longer and more sophisticated assignments.

Interested in hosting a Policy Apprentice? Read our Overview and Guidance for Policy Apprenticeship Employers and sign up to receive more information.

Objectives

The objectives of the Policy Apprenticeships include:

  • Continued professional development of the analytical and managerial skills acquired during the DC Fellow’s first year of LBJ School training.
  • Mentoring, networking and other activities that help lead to post-graduate career opportunities and enduring professional relationships in Washington, DC.
  • Exposure to working almost full-time in a policy field related to the DC Fellow’s career aspirations, including interaction with decision-makers, observation of organizational processes, and execution of policy tasks.
  • The potential (without any upfront expectation or commitment) for a future full-time employment relationship with the sponsoring organization.

“The most beneficial aspect of the LBJ DC Concentration was the ability to gain meaningful work experience in my field prior to graduation.  My Policy Apprenticeship helped me gain a deeper industry knowledge, build networks, and apply the skills I develo

Policy Apprenticeship Host Organizations

View the list of DC private and public policy organizations that have hosted LBJ DC Fellows to date.

Interested in hosting a Policy Apprentice? Read our Overview and Guidance for Policy Apprenticeship Employers and sign up to receive more information.

 

LBJ student Melanie Levine holds a stuffed cocoa bean at the World Cocoa Foundation

When chocolate intersects with public policy

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) may sound like an atypical organization to host a Master of Public Affairs student for a six-month Policy Apprenticeship. When I tell friends, peers and alumni where I am working in DC, I often see looks of confusion and delight simultaneously appear on their faces.