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Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program

Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, DC. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.

Applications for summer 2019 awards were due by 5:00PM on February 3rd, 2019. Selection of summer 2019 awardees will be completed on or before February 18, 2019. Applicants will be notified at that time.

Applicants will be evaluated based on individual initiative, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service, and financial need. Selection of awardees will be completed on or before February 18, 2019.
Complete applications must include:

  • Completed online form
  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Contact information for two references
  • Unofficial transcript (including Fall 2018 grades)
  • List of classes being taken in Spring 2019
A list of application FAQs and answers is available here.

  • Applicants must have completed a 2018-2019 FAFSA.
  • Applicants are not required to have an internship in place at the time of application.
  • At least 7 students will receive awards for summer 2019, including one award from the Katherine K. Neuberger Fund to support an undergraduate with interest in women's political leadership.
  • Awardees will be required to independently secure their Washington, D.C. internship positions by May 24, 2019 in order to be eligible to receive their award. Eagleton staff can provide assistance identifying internship opportunities.
  • The internship must encompass at least 120 hours of work. Priority will be given to students pursuing a full-time internship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for Spring 2019.
  • Rutgers undergraduates from all majors and all campus locations are encouraged to apply.
  • The award can stand alone or can complement a paid internship, though preference will be given to students with unpaid internships.

After completing the internship, awardees will be required to promote their experience in Washington to fellow Rutgers students to improve awareness of the award and of career opportunities in Washington, DC.

A list of application FAQs and answers is available here.

Still have questions, contact Randi Chmielewski, manager for outreach and special projects, at or 848-932-8455.