Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program - Summer 2021

Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program provides talented undergraduates with a unique government service experience through 10-week, full-time, high-level summer internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The Program’s mission is to expose students to government work and its impact. While not all Schaeffer Fellows will pursue a career in government, the program creates the opportunity for participants to become engaged citizens and develop an informed view of government service and operations.

Schaeffer Fellows are selected from five elite universities – the University of Virginia, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and the University of Southern California – and represent a diversity of backgrounds, political perspectives, and academic disciplines. Common among them is their interest in learning more about public service and the role of government.

This partnership is made possible through the collaborative work of the University of Virginia's Career Center and Miller Center. The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges. 

Each year, ten UVA students will be selected as Summer Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows. In addition to their internships, Schaeffer Fellows receive a generous stipend, participate in a one-day Schaeffer Fellows Summit, and are paired with a UVA alumnus/na mentor in a related field. 

Application Process & Deadline 

Students submit applications through Handshake by typing the keywords "Leonard Schaeffer" into the search bar under Jobs in Handshake. Students can apply to up to three of the 10 Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service internships. The application deadline is March 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm for most opportunities. Please check Handshake for more details! 

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