USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service
The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program exposes undergraduate students to government work and its impact through funded 10-week, full-time, high-level internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The program creates the opportunity for participants to become engaged citizens and develop an informed view of government service and operations. Schaeffer Fellows are selected from five universities – Harvard, Princeton, U.C. Berkeley, USC, and University of Virginia.
- minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
- current sophomores or juniors. Seniors are eligible to apply only if enrolling in 12+ units of undergraduate degree required courses in fall 2022. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one full academic year of undergraduate study remaining after fellowship. (Progressive Degree students must not begin master’s-only degree requirements in the fall).
- relevant experience and/or coursework demonstrating preparation for a demanding government internship. While no prior public service record is required, competitive candidates will be able to demonstrate transferable skills and an interest in public service.
A Spring 2022 Leave of Absence does not make a student ineligible for the program; however, preference will be given to candidates who are enrolled full-time at USC in the spring.
Ideal candidates are mature, detail-oriented, and motivated. Competitive applicants will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, an ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines, and work well with others.
If you have not done so already, please fully review all requirements, program details, and the process for identifying internships on the Academic Honors and Fellowships website.