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Summer Internship with the VU Office of Federal Relations

Posted by on Friday, January 4, 2019 in Announcements .

Office of Federal Relations Summer 2019 Internship


The Office of Federal Relations invites undergraduate or graduate students from Vanderbilt University or the Washington, D.C.-area with ties to Tennessee who are interested in higher education or science public policy issues to apply for our summer internship.

This internship will provide you with a firsthand look at the federal policymaking process and the role that advocates play in influencing public policy. As one of the nation’s leading research universities, Vanderbilt

University plays an important role in the federal process. Both as a recipient of federal grant money, and as an expert provider of cutting-edge research and analysis, Vanderbilt’s voice is vital to the consideration of national policy issues. Among the many topics on which the Office of Federal Relations focuses are funding for research in science, engineering, social sciences, education, and the humanities; higher education policy; student aid; tax issues; policies related to international students and scholars; and intellectual property issues.

As an intern, your responsibilities will include:

  •  Researching public policy initiatives related to higher education and federally funded research
  •  Tracking legislation related to the university’s priorities
  •  Attending hearings and briefings on and off Capitol Hill
  •  Publishing a weekly newsletter that is sent to Capitol Hill staff
  •  Contributing to a daily round-up of federal news items sent to Vanderbilt faculty and staff
  •  Updating communications tools
  •   Assisting the Office Administrator and Assistant Director with administrative tasks

The ideal candidate would have a strong interest in the federal policy process and the issues of interest to the university. Strong writing and critical thinking skills are a must!

Internships may be paid or for academic credit, depending on the opportunities offered through your academic institution.

The summer internship is typically a full time (40 hours per week) commitment. Generally, the internship lasts eight weeks, beginning in early June and concluding at the end of July, but we are willing to work with you on exact dates.

Please contact Heather Bloemhard at for additional information.


To apply for the summer internship experience, please submit your cover letter and resume by February 1, 2019 to Heather Bloemhard at

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