Lott Leadership Internships

We believe the best way to learn is by doing. Internships open the door to real-world experience.

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We have robust internship opportunities

Through Institute programs, strategic partnerships, and alumni connections, we empower our students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to the professional world.

Any requests for academic credit for internship experiences require the approval the Department of Public Policy Leadership. Please see the PPL website or contact Dr. Melissa Bass for more details.

Our partnerships help us grow

The Institute additionally partners with entities that recognize the value of experiential learning and the high quality of students produced by the PPL program.

Every summer, the Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C. operates the Academy for Civic Education and Democracy, where students earn 3-6 credit hours while working in an internship. As a fellow Institute dedicated to non-partisan leadership development, the Lott Institute is grateful for the friendship and support of the Reagan Institute.

Washington Internship Experience

Every spring in Washington, D.C., students encounter the excitement of the nation’s capital while gaining professional experience and staying on track to graduate. Program participants can earn twelve (12) PPL credit hours while interning in a non-profit, government relations, or congressional office. Additionally, students participate in briefings, group excursions, and lectures to supplement the experiential learning offered through the internship and coursework.

Our students have had the opportunity to intern with Crossroads Strategies, Representative Bernie Sanders  Ducks Unlimited, Senator Roger Wicker, United States House Commerce Committee, BGR, United States House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Speaker of the House's Office, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and more.

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Building lasting relationships

"The relationships I took away from my internship experience will stay with me forever. I have kept in contact with everyone from my office, including my congressman."

Jarrius Adams

Intern, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Helpful Resources

We work with departments across campus to help you meet all your academic goals.

Office of Global Engagement

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) is responsible for the development, promotion, and support of all global engagement activities on campus. Our goal is the comprehensive internationalization of the university, and the development of our students, faculty, and staff as global citizens.

Division of Outreach and Continuing Education

The mission of the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education is to serve the University and the community by facilitating and providing high-quality learning experiences.

Department of Public Policy Leadership

The Department of Public Policy Leadership provides a challenging undergraduate major that prepares high-performing students for positions of leadership in an increasingly complex world. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes the global nature of responsible decision making, the ethical imperatives of leadership, critical thinking, communication skills, and the conceptual and methodological skills necessary for careful policy analysis.

Melissa Lynn Jones

Looking for an Internship?

Lott students seeking Institutional support for internship opportunities/applications should email a resume and letter of interest. We can help you create, edit, and tailor your submission materials.

Melissa Lynn Jones

Associate Director Trent Lott Leadership Institute and Director of Leadership Endorsement Programming