Apply for Governor’s Office Internship or William Penn Fellowship

Governor’s Office Internship for Undergraduates

William Penn Fellowship for Graduates

Governor’s Office Internship for Undergraduates

The Governor’s Office Internship program offers interns a unique opportunity to gain a one-of-a-kind perspective on the issues affecting our commonwealth.

From the forefront of Pennsylvania state government, interns are encouraged to play a role in the policy making process, constituent communications, public affairs, and other aspects of the governor’s office.

In addition, interns are offered opportunities to interact with senior staff and cabinet-level officials to gain an inside view of the inner workings of state government.

Areas of Focus

A wide range of opportunities are available in the spring, summer, and fall. Interns may be considered for one of the many integral focus areas within the governor’s office.

  • Budget
  • Communications
  • General Council
  • Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Policy
  • Performance

Eligibility

To be considered eligible for the Governor’s Office Internship program, you must be a rising college junior or a senior.

Timeline

Interns will begin in late May and work through mid-August. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Compensation

Interns will be provided with a summer stipend and parking.

Location

Internships are all located in the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg, PA.

Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2019.

As always, all applicants are chosen without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or political affiliation.

William Penn Fellowship for Graduates

The William Penn Fellowship is granted to talented, passionate individuals with a commitment to public service and a drive to help make Pennsylvania a better place to live.

The program provides aspiring professionals with the opportunity to serve and learn with the state’s top executive leaders.

Enthusiastic and highly-motivated individuals will spend two years working full-time for senior and top-ranking government officials. Fellows will be assigned to state agencies to complete impactful projects based on their personal interests and skill sets.

Throughout the program, fellows will participate in leadership development trainings and have opportunities to attend events with the state’s top private and public sector leaders.

Projects

As a William Penn Fellow, you will have the opportunity to improve the overall effectiveness of state government by serving as a key member of an agency policy office and working on one of thirteen projects that align with Governor Wolf’s policy priorities.

Eligibility

Selection as a William Penn Fellow is based on a combination of the following:

  • Must have obtained a master’s or equivalent or higher degree.
  • Established excellence in academics and/or professional achievement;
  • Proven leadership ability and potential for further growth;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service; and
  • Evidence of effective collaboration and working well within diverse teams.

Applicants may also be considered if they have successfully completed military service or long-term public service work with an organization such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America or the Peace Corps. Other service will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apply

The application period for the 2019 class has closed. Please check back in a few months.

To apply you will need:

  • Resume and cover letter.
  • Response to essay question. Prepare the response separately and upload as a PDF or Word document.
  • Two professional or academic reference letters.
  • Unofficial graduate transcript (final, official transcript will be required if offered a fellowship position).

All applicants are chosen without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or political affiliation.