2012-2013 Internship Opportunities

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Cassidy & Associates —National Security and Defense Practice

Policy & Business Development Intern (Paid)

Washington, DC

Our practice is looking for 1-2 college students or recent graduates who want to help execute interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, and business development projects.  Our team is eager to develop projects that will optimize on the selected intern’s academic strengths and help grow his/her professional skill set. The potential areas to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Defense Initiatives and funding programs
  • Policy and regulations related to the national security industries
  • Defense Heath Care programs and technology acquisition
  • Federal Marketing of national security relevant products

   Background/Skills Preferred

  • Background in political science, economics, and/or public policy
  • Experience in national security and the intricate procedures related to Congress and the Executive Branch, including the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, Energy, Commerce, Veterans’ Affairs, and Labor
  • Strong interest in development of defense policy
  • Familiarity with Federal legislative process, particularly relevant Committees of jurisdiction
  • Understanding of military industrial businesses (preferred, but not essential)
  • Interest in finance/business development (preferred, but not essential)
  • Strong writing skills

    Ideal Candidate

  • An enthusiastic individual with an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving
  • Flexible individual who thrives working both independently and in a team
  • Interest in diving into business and/or policy side of defense and national security issues
  • Self-starter that is able to take initiative
  • Possesses the ability to research and extrapolate relevant information from a variety of government sources

Company Background

Cassidy & Associates is a leading federal government relations firm, with over 35 years of experience helping a diverse client base promote their interests in Washington, DC. Cassidy & Associates is consistently ranked as one of the top government affairs firms in the industry, providing a broad range of services with a particular emphasis on developing targeted federal government relations strategies and facilitating direct, substantive and lasting relationships with key decision makers.

National Security and Defense Practice

National security is the ongoing priority of governments around the world, necessary for protecting citizens, ensuring economic prosperity, and maintaining emergency preparedness. Cassidy works with a large number of clients in this sector — from assisting the U.S. and its Allies by improving products, systems, and policies to protecting and strengthening our security infrastructure. Cassidy & Associates works with clients to guide national security initiatives through Congress, introduce client products to the federal government, and engage business-to-business interaction to increase client revenue and productivity. Learn more about the practice at http://www.cassidy.com/industries/30/

Internship Start Date and Duration

8 week minimum, prefer 8-12 week commitment. Start date flexible during Winter & Spring 2013.

Recent graduates who are looking for a paid, short-term position with real responsibilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, 2-3 pg. writing sample and preferred starting date to CassidyInternship@gmail.com


Spring: Rolling: applicants will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Summer: Priority Deadline—February 4th


LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. in Washington, DC


Summer 2013

*Guaranteed Internships – Courses for Credit – Housing in DC

*Priority Deadline- February 7

*Scholarship Funding Available

Spend a summer in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college. The comprehensive programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies include a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in downtown Washington.


We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.


Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our programs are designed to allow students to make valuable professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. You can participate in a mentor program, and attend professional development seminars as well as roundtable discussions and networking receptions with program alumni.


Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths while enjoying a vibrant arts and culture scene. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums, many musical and theatre performances, as well as sports events. You can explore DC and meet fellow program participants through program-planned social activities including a guided tour of the monuments, a day trip to Mt. Vernon, canoeing on the Potomac River, and outing to the National Zoo.


Earn up to 9 academic credits from the DC Metro Area’s George Mason University. Mason was recently ranked #1 Up and Coming University by U.S. News and World Report. Each program has a curriculum that is designed to complement the internship experience.


You will have a front row seat to a variety of exclusive briefings and uniquely D.C. events, allowing you to further explore your career field, make important professional connections and have fun while doing so.

You will have the chance to attend once in a lifetime tours and hear from leaders within such powerful institutions as the State Department, U.S. Congress, White House, World Bank and CIA.


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 5, 2012 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit www.DCinternships.org. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Fantin at admissions@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Kentucky Legislative Services

Kentucky Legislative Services, LLC (KLS) is seeking Spring Semester interns to assist our legislative tracking operations in Frankfort, Kentucky. Responsibilities include:

  • Observing House and Senate floor debate and recording the legislative actions taken
  • Reviewing legislative summaries and helping categorize legislation based on content
  • Locating news stories, social media content and other information that relates to the Kentucky Legislature
  • Updating news and media sections of the company website
  • Using proprietary software to alert subscribers on information pertinent to their interest areas and actions taken on bills they are following.

The successful applicant(s) responsibilities will be based on qualifications and demonstrated ability and may include additional responsibilities not listed above.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic understanding of the political process
  • Ability to multitask and quickly record information via web and mobile devices (training provided)


The successful applicant(s) will earn an hourly wage of $10.00 – including one hour round-trip per shift for commuting time. The number of hours worked will be determined by the activity of the legislature but the following availability requested serves as a good estimate of total hours.

In addition to and separate from monetary compensation, KLS Interns will have ample opportunity to interact with, shadow and learn from some of the top legislative professionals in Kentucky. Several KLS clients – including former Secretaries of State – have agreed to partner with us in mentoring our interns.

Availability requested:

Monday: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday: 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The job will officially begin on January 7, 2013 with a mandatory initial week of paid training in December 2012 (specific dates based on successful applicant’s schedule). Applicants should be available to work all or most of the above hours from January 8 – March 30. Additional hours may be available based on applicant’s schedule and skill level.

How to apply:
Send résumé to info@klsreports.com

More About KLS Reports:

KLS Reports is the leading legislative tracking and reporting service in Kentucky. The company provides real-time information and reporting tools to legislative professionals following the Kentucky Legislature. Our clients include Kentucky’s largest lobbying firms, associations, universities and government entities.

Learn more at www.klsreports.com

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs is seeking applicants for the 2012-2013 Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator Program.  This program is designed to create a network of State Department student contacts on college and university campuses across the nation. By relying on students’ academic experience, interest in foreign policy and knowledge of their campus community, the Bureau of Public Affairs seeks to reach a wider cross-section of students on college campuses and surrounding institutions.

The Bureau of Public Affairs is responsible for fulfilling the Secretary’s mandate to help Americans understand the importance of foreign affairs.  College students are a large and important segment of that audience.  The mission of the Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator Program is to establish outreach partnerships with universities throughout the United States, to better inform college students about U.S. foreign policy priorities.

With the guidance of the Bureau of Public Affairs, Campus Coordinators connect academic communities to the State Department by:
·         Utilizing social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter to promote U.S. foreign policy
·         Arranging video and phone conferences with Department officials
·         Conducting workshops and round tables on U.S. foreign policy priorities and career development.
·         Serving as a campus liaison for  visits by Department officials
·         Partnering with university faculty and Diplomats-in-Residence to inform students about  U.S. foreign policy priorities and the roles of the Department
·         Organizing events centered around commemorative days in U.S. Foreign Policy, e.g. UN Day, AIDS Day
·         Disseminating information on U.S. foreign policy to campus community
·         Facilitating campus participation in Department programs when applicable

Students wishing to apply to participate in the Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator Program should submit the attached application along with their resume to the Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Public Liaison at campuscoordinator@state.gov by Monday, October 8, 2012.

FACC Application

FACC Overview

Kentucky Democratic Party

The Kentucky Democratic Party is currently searching for interns for this fall campaign season. We will be working on multiple House and Senate races as well as coordinating campaigns all throughout Kentucky. As a campaign intern you will gain valuable exposure to all areas of an active campaign including voter outreach and registration, social media communications and event organization. Responsibilities may include answering phones, data base entry, providing staff support, conducting office duties as assigned and assisting senior staff with developing and implementing campaign strategy for numerous races across the state. Also doing work for the Democratic Governor’s Association and Southern Governor’s Association (Non-Partisan). Hours are flexible and no experience is required.

Interested students should contact:

Jared Smith
Political and Finance Director
Kentucky Democratic Party

14th Judicial Drug Court

The 14th Judicial Drug Court is made up of Bourbon (Paris), Scott (Georgetown), and Woodford (Versailles) Counties. Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program for people convicted (or diverted) of crimes supporting a substance abuse problem. We work with non-violent offenders and have charges from non-support and doctor shopping to forgery and burglary. Drug Court is more than just being clean, our goal is behavior modification, with the goal that participants in the program will leave having the tools needed to become productive citizens. We work very closely with many different agencies (Comprehensive Care, Adult Education, Law Enforcement, Jails, Vocational Rehabilitation, Probation and Parole, Public Defenders, and Commonwealth Attorneys) and with all our local judges.

If you have anyone interested in criminology, law, behavior changes, substance abuse, sociology, or psychology then interning with Drug Court would be an adventure for them. Participants will be able to learn about case management, in depth and real legal situations, group sessions, and more. Students will have the opportunity to go to court and possibly the local jail. Depending on level of experience, students may even take on some supervising duties.

All applicants will be subject to back ground check and must fill out an application and undergo an interview. Just like in the real world!

Interested students should contact:

Arin Cox

Program Supervisor,

14th Judicial Drug Court

502.863.6313 Scott County office


Law Office Internship Opportunity

Students interested in the field of law have the opportunity to gain experience working in a Georgetown legal office. Possible credit hours are available, along with valuable experience for those interested in a career in law.

Interested students should contact Dr. Stephen Mergner in the Political Science Department.