Internships and fellowships are typically short-term opportunities for students to gain professional or academic experience. The majority of the internships listed below are paid opportunities, and run either during the summer or during the academic year (with opportunities for college credit). This list is not comprehensive; please send any updates or suggestions to Dr. Rob Lewis (rwlewis@cpp.edu). Thanks!

Capital Fellows Program


These are public policy fellowships, most of which seem to run the academic year. Fellows are usually based in Sacramento and are paid a monthly stipend.


Senator Dianne Feinstein


This is an unpaid internship opportunity in Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Los Angeles office, on a semester (or summer) basis.


Panetta Institute Internships


This program combines a two-week summer course and two and a half months of an internship in the Washington, D.C. office of a member of the California congressional delegation. The program covers campus fees, air travel and housing in Washington, D.C., and students will receive 20 semester credits.


Defense Intelligence Agency


These are paid summer internships in various branches of the intelligence community (most likely in Washington, D.C.)

Lutheran Volunteer Corps


This organization places volunteers for full-time one-year positions in non-profit organizations located in a variety of major cities around the country. Volunteers are not paid, but are provided with housing and food (room and board).




This organization offers both minimum-time and (compensated) full-time positions that place students in California’s court-based self-help centers for self-represented litigants.


Dream Summer and Immigrant Justice Fellowships


These are paid social-justice fellowships in Los Angeles of varying durations (summer, year-long) designed to empower immigrant youth to “be the next generation of social justice leaders through professional development.”

Getty Multicultural Internships


This program funds 10-week paid internships at cultural organizations (particularly museums) across Los Angeles for outstanding students who are members of underrepresented groups.


Los Angeles County Arts Internships


This program provides paid 10-week summer internships at nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations in Los Angeles County.


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities


This internship program places students from the Hispanic community in paid semester-long internships within federal agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Recent CPP alumni have interned at the Library of Congress through this program.


Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden


This is a paid summer fellowship for students interested in American history or museum studies at a historic house in New York City (not to be confused with President Washington’s residence at Mount Vernon, outside Washington, D.C.) Click on the link for “fellowships” for more information at the link above.


Metropolitan Museum of Art


These are paid and unpaid summer internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for students interested in museum careers. Their website “strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in career related to museums and the visual arts.” They also offer long-term academic-year internships (mostly unpaid).


National Council on Public History


This is a listing of jobs and opportunities in the public history profession; click on “internships” on the left side of the page for more specific listings about fellowships and internships.


National Museum of the American Indian


These are paid 10-week internships (summer, fall and spring) in Washington, D.C. for students interested in the museum profession and related fields.


Smithsonian Internships


This is an overall listing of the numerous internship opportunities (paid and unpaid, of varying durations) at all of the museums that fall under the umbrella of the Smithsonian Institute. (Most of the internships are in Washington, D.C.)


National Park Service


This page lists the numerous job and paid internship opportunities within the National Park Service. There are many specialized internship programs listed here; see, for instance, the Latino Heritage Internship Program (https://www.latinoheritageintern.com).

 McNair Scholarships (Cal Poly Pomona)


This year-long program prepares students for Ph.D. programs by promoting student success through undergraduate research, faculty membership and skill-building workshops.

*Numerous CPP history students have received McNair scholarships over the past 10 years.


Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS)


This two-week summer program at the University of Michigan is designed to encourage rising seniors and recent B.A.s to consider pursuing a doctoral degree in the humanities; it allows students to develop a research project in consultation with faculty and graduate students from the University of Michigan. The program (which includes a stipend and covers transportation and housing costs) specifically seeks students who come from an “educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan.”