Next Leaders Program

  • Internship
  • Washington, DC
  • Applications have closed

Website IPS_DC Institute for Policy Studies

We turn transformative policy ideas into action

Applications for the 2022 Next Leaders Program at The Institute for Policy Studies are now open – please scroll down for more information on the experience and the application!

The world crisis in governance, economic stability, and ethical guidance demands that we do our best to secure and sustain a better future. To sustain the movement, we need to galvanize those most impacted by the broken system: young people. A paid 10-week program, Next Leaders offers young activists training in public scholarship, that is, the connection between policy research, advocacy, and grassroots activism. Through its workshop and events series and individualized mentorship, Next Leaders looks to sharpen young scholar-activists’ voices and hone their skills. In addition to hands-on experience, each cohort will leave the program with a more nuanced understanding of environmental, racial, economic, gender, and peace justice.

Thanks to the generous support of the families of Marcus Raskin, Richard Barnet, and Saul Landau, we are able to endow a quarter of our Next Leaders internships. This has helped us further our mission of supporting young activists regardless of their financial status.

 

COMPENSATION AND ACADEMIC CREDIT
We offer an hourly wage of $15 for 37.5 hours weekly to offset the cost of working with IPS while you help us build the future of the progressive movement.

IPS firmly believes that financial barriers shouldn’t exclude people from internship opportunities, and we are grateful to our donors who have made it possible to ensure this internship is paid. However, we strongly encourage applicants to find resources through their schools and other scholarships if they have the ability to do so. Many schools offer assistance for summer internship programs, and we ask that all applicants explore those options first in order to allow us to accept a greater number of interns that do not have access to those resources.

Interns may also receive academic credit, and IPS is happy to assist interns in filling out any requisite forms to help with the credit process.

APPLICATION INFORMATION AND TIMELINE
Summer 2022 Application Deadline: March 27, 2022 by 5 PM EST

March 28 – April 15, 2021: Final applicants will be contacted for interviews, interviewed, and notified of acceptance to the program during this time. Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

June 1, 2022: Internship begins (please note, June 1st and June 2nd are important orientation days!)

August 10, 2022: Internship ends

Interns are expected to be available Monday-Friday (37.5 hours per week). Please state your availability on your application. While we can offer some flexibility for students with special circumstances, we want to plan our workshop series with the highest level of attendance possible.

HOW TO APPLY
Our ideal applicants will be interested in exploring lasting careers in social justice, will be conversational and persuasive writers, and will have a deep belief in equitable solutions to social injustices. We are deeply committed to recruiting a diverse group of candidates. The ideal candidates are interested in seeking careers in social change, and are deeply rooted in their communities (however they are defined) or have a history of activism around issues they care about. Although we are not explicitly limiting our applicant pool, we believe that rising Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates, and first year master’s students will gain the most from this program.

Next Leaders Application 2022

Thanks to the generous support of the families of Marcus Raskin, Richard Barnet, and Saul Landau, we are able to endow a quarter of our Next Leaders internships. This has helped us further our mission of supporting young activists regardless of their financial status.
Next Leaders video, produced and edited by Visual Communications and Design intern Hannah Hunter, to learn more about the 2016 summer experience from the Next Leaders themselves.