Offering Rice University undergraduates hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis.
The goal of the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program is to offer Rice University undergraduate students hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis in our nation's capital.
Initiated in 2004, the program provides summer stipends to students conducting policymaking research at government agencies, private think tanks and nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C. Students attend a seminar on public policy and global affairs coterminous with their internships in D.C., write a research report, give a presentation before Rice faculty and researchers, and organize a public education activity. Applicants, who are screened by a committee of Baker Institute and Rice faculty, are individually responsible for selecting and establishing internships and residency in D.C. Click here to read about the experience of Noorain Khan, one of the first interns to benefit from the program.
Since 2004, 99 students have worked at the State Department, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Middle East Institute, the Urban Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, the Humane Society and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others. Many have used their research experiences to obtain prestigious scholarships, including Rhodes Scholarships, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Fulbright Scholarships and Wagoner Scholarships. The program is led by Steven W. Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute and professor of the practice in humanities at Rice. It is sponsored by a grant from the Houston Endowment Inc. Additional support has been provided by:
- The Mattel Foundation
- The Honorable Edward N. Ney
- The Honorable Anne L. Armstrong and Mr. Tobin Armstrong
- The Honorable Roy M. Huffington
- The Honorable Kenneth Franzheim II
- The Eason Weinmann Foundation
- The Honorable Peter F. Secchia
The deadline to apply for the 2015 program is Jan. 31, 2015. Click here to download the application.
The 2010 D.C. internship program report is also available for download here.
2014 Program Interns
Baek Ho Jang
2013 Program Interns
2012 Program Interns
The 2012 cohort of students was jointly constituted by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Jesse Jones Leadership Center and the George R. Brown School of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Leadership.
Saira Karim Najam