Students interested in policy can take classes taught by Baker Institute scholars and fellows, apply for on- and off-campus internships, and participate in the Baker Institute Student Forum.

In spring 2015, the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum are hosting two competitions to inspire students to become advocates and take action against neglected tropical diseases. Click here for details about how to enter.

Student Resources

The Baker Institute works closely with Rice University and institutions around the globe to educate and nurture the next generation of policymakers. Through the internships and other initiatives described below, the institute helps Rice students explore careers in public policy, or simply become better informed about important issues of the day.

Student Opportunities and Internships




On-Campus Internships

Rice University undergraduates are invited to apply for research and administrative internships at the Baker Institute. Graduate students are also encouraged to explore policy-related opportunities at the institute.






Internships in D.C.

Stipends from the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program enable Rice students to get policy research experience at government agencies, private think tanks and nongovernmental organizations in Washington.





Internships in Europe

The Baker Institute and Leadership Rice team up to provide summer internships at the French Institute of International Relations in Paris. Selected Rice undergraduates study topics as diverse as energy, the environment and the European Union.




Urban Lab: Middle East 

A partnership between the Center for the Middle East and Rice's Department of Political Science allows students to study the dynamics of urban political, economic and social development through an interdisciplinary program that integrates classroom theory with field work in Istanbul or Dubai. 




Internships in Moscow

The next generation of U.S. space scientists and engineers get an inside look at Russia's space program during a two-week trip to Moscow, where they tour mission control and meet with scientists and university students from around the world.