Meet the 2021 Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Recipients

September 16, 2021 – The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award is a donor-supported program which provides up to $5,000 in grants to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students participating in summer internships in government or public service in Washington, D.C. The award gives students the opportunity to expand their networks and gain first-hand political experience in the nation’s capital without the financial burden of living in a new city for the summer.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers students did not have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for 2020 summer internship opportunities since all internships were either canceled or remote. During the summer of 2021, students participated in a mix of hybrid and in-person Washington, D.C. internships. Eagleton is planning for a fully in-person program for the summer of 2022 with the goal of supporting 8-12 students.


Laura Esteban

Major: English and Political Science
Rutgers – New Brunswick
Class of 2022

“The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award granted me the chance to continue my internship without worrying about funds. It also increased my desire to do even better at my internship, to push beyond what is expected of me.”





Nina Gohel

Major: Political Science  and Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers – New Brunswick

Class of 2023

“The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program has not only provided me with resources that will sustain me throughout my time in D.C., but has also allowed me to connect with other Rutgers students in the city, who like me, are passionate about government and public service.”


Iyanla Kollock

Major: Criminal Justice
Rutgers – New Brunswick

Class of 2022

“I was overjoyed to receive this award, which certainly alleviated some of the cost barriers associated with traveling to and interning in D.C.”