UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO TRAIN
Given our 30 years of experience in public policy research and development, our renowned experts and our strategic location in Washington, D.C., Family Research Council is uniquely positioned to train students for careers of influence. Our internship is designed to prepare students who are passionate about public service; students who want to make a difference. At FRC, we believe that the Judeo-Christian worldview is foundational to a just, free and stable society.
We train inquisitive, eager, undergraduate and graduate students by:
- Educating on policy issues which are core to FRC's mission
- Equipping interns for professional careers by providing practical, hands-on research and administrative work experience, overseen by an FRC expert
- Encouraging interns in the exploration of their own career paths
In addition to learning about policy, politics and legislation through their daily research assignments, FRC interns attend a weekly seminar entitled, "FRC 101," a comprehensive "tour de force" of FRC's mission. Lectures are given by FRC's top experts in the areas of the sanctity of life, marriage and family, religious liberty, education, bio-ethics, human sexuality, legislative lobbying and judicial activism.
Interns also have the opportunity to attend three to four Policy Department-sponsored lectures each semester. Policy lectures are given by world-renowned authors, professors or professionals and vary in topic.
Under the guidance of an FRC expert, interns develop research and writing skills by conducting, compiling and distributing research. An intern might research topics such as: the status of marriage protection amendments in each state, the impact of family structure and religious practice on social behaviors which effect societal productivity, how members of congress have voted on particular legislation or the success of embryonic versus adult stem cell treatments.
FRC interns also develop communication, interpersonal, organizational and other vitally important skills as they function daily in a highly professional and pressurized environment. Such experience gives interns a coveted head start when they enter the competitive job market.
Since FRC interns work one-on-one with an FRC expert, interns are personally guided as they meet the challenges of their internship. From this mentoring relationship stems personal, educational and professional growth.
In addition to the content-driven "FRC 101" seminar series, interns also attend a seminar entitled, "Careers & Callings," wherein interns hear from FRC staff about their unique career journeys. Through personal anecdotes and extended question and answer periods, this seminar is intended to encourage and advise interns as they navigate their own career paths.
"FRC has truly become a home away from home. My supervisor has become a wonderful mentor to me helping me to grow as a pro-life advocate. This internship helped me to discover my passions and future career path."
Anna Maria, University of California, San Diego, Summer 2012
FRC Internship Programs
The Washington Scholars
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The Washington Scholars Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with substantial training in social science research and its application to political and cultural issues. Washington Scholars conduct long-term, in-depth research of peer-reviewed social science publications and compile their findings into Synthesis Papers. Eventually, these papers are published, bringing arcane scientific findings to the ready grasp of policy makers, the media and the general public. Students are given the option of co-authorship on these papers when they are published.
These papers make powerful arguments in support of marriage, family and religion. The evidence is in the facts -- the sociological data. The Washington Scholars are making it accessible to the world.
Topics of Synthesis Papers:
- Effects of divorce on children
- Effects of marriage on health
- Effects of marriage on family income
- Effects of religious practice on family income
- Effects of family structure on crime
- Effects of pornography on emotions, relationships and children
Washington Scholars must possess superior academic achievement (in any discipline). Preference is given to students with GPA's of 3.8 or above. Stipend, housing and admissions information for the Washington Scholars Program is identical to that of the general, FRC Internship.
The Family Research Council seeks interns who are of strong, moral character, who possess excellent research and writing ability, as well as leadership and communication skills. Applicants must be college upper-classmen (juniors or above are preferred) or graduates who have achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
Applications are received on a rolling-admissions basis; there are no admissions deadlines. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made upon receipt of the application. Expect the admissions process to take three to six weeks.
Intern placements are made according to the student's interests and experience. Opportunities are available in public policy development, government relations, cultural studies, press and media relations, and state and local affairs.
For more information, call: 202-637-4685
FRC begins accepting applications for the fall term (Aug-Dec.) on Feb. 1st. FRC will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled. The summer 2013 term has been filled.
To download an application, click here.
Due to the generosity of our donors, FRC is able to provide free intern housing. FRC interns stay in The Congressional Apartment Building, located one block east of the Supreme Court on Capital Hill. The Congressional is owned by WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing).
Click here for more information on WISH.
Each apartment houses three students and includes a small kitchen, dining area and bathroom. Some of The Congressional's amenities include:
- On-site resident manager
- Controlled access
- Central air conditioning
- Wireless internet access
- On-site laundry facilities
- 24-hour Capitol Police coverage in neighborhood
- Kitchen table and chairs
Due to The Congressional's location in the heart of the city, interns are within walking distance of most of Washington D.C.'s historic sites. Interns can avail themselves of various educational and professional opportunities (lectures, receptions, etc.) in the area. Nearby attractions include:
- The Capitol
- The Supreme Court
- The Library of Congress
- The Senate Office Buildings
- The Heritage Foundation
- Union Station
- Historic Eastern Market