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Roosevelt Internship Program

We are currently accepting fall, January term, and spring internship applications in the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network New York City office.  We are looking for independent, self-driven students (or young professionals) to support the mission of our national organization. Interns will have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized policymakers, non-profits, and a national network of student leaders dedicated to progressive change making.

Internships are unpaid but provide ample opportunities for professional development, including invitations to Roosevelt Institute events, potential publishing and blogging opportunities, and special consideration for our Summer Academy Fellowship program. Course credit may be offered.



The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a national student initiative, engages young people in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change. Through communication and coordination with political actors and community members, students identify pressing issues facing their towns, counties and states. Taking advantage of the unique resources on their college campuses, they engage in policy research and writing and then connect the fruits of that research to the political process, delivering sound, progressive proposals to policymakers and advocacy groups.  We call our unique model of policy activism Think Impact. Adding policy papers to picket signs, Think Impact engages young people in activism fueled by innovative, student ideas.

Founded in the wake of the 2004 election, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network was formed in order to strengthen the progressive movement by meaningfully engaging young people in politics. The Campus Network emphasizes that young people can do far more than participate in campaigns; students are asked to take action on their ideas and create an impact in their communities. It encourages them to campaign for the progressive policies that they have written. It gives them an opportunity to reshape their communities. It allows them to experience, first-hand, the power of progressive thought in creating positive change. And the Network empowers students to see themselves as progressive leaders in their own right.

Today, the Campus Network boasts more than 10,000 members organized at approximately 85+ chapters across the country. Chapters foster debate and dialogue on campus, teach policy courses, engage with local policymakers, generate policy, and promote student ideas through conferences and publications. Since its founding, Roosevelt members have presented student policies on Capitol Hill, testified to city council, implemented legislation, and worked directly in their communities. The initiative is always growing, always evolving, and always looking towards the future. 

The Roosevelt Campus Network is a division of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of their namesakes for future generations. You can learn more about them at


Suggested Deadlines:

Fall: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are urged to submit their applications in early August; however, applications will be considered after that time.

January Term & Spring: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, applicants are urged to submit their application by November 16.



Fall: September through December

January Term: December through January

Spring: January through May

Starting dates are flexible, but prefer early start to continue until end of semester or term. Expected commitment of 10-15 hours per week.  We are dedicated to providing substantive and exciting opportunities for our student support staff.


Positions Available

We are currently recruiting interns for the following positions:

Development / Non-profit Fundraising Internship

Communications (Digital) Internship

Field (Campus Organizing & Community Colleges Initiative) Internship

Special Projects Internship  

Policy & Programs Internship

Application Materials

Along with the application below, please submit the following materials:

1.) Resume (can submit in PDF, .doc, .docx format)

2.) Writing sample of up to three (3) pages (your own words, unedited) (can submit in PDF, .doc, .docx)


 Examples of internship projects can be found here.  For questions about the Roosevelt internship program, contact Dante at


What is your major / minor / concentration?

Which internship session are you applying for?

Select THREE areas of interest for your internship.

Upload current resume in PDF, .doc, or .docx format.

Upload a writing sample up to three (3) pages (your own words, unedited). Please upload in PDF, .doc, or .docx format.