Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship

The Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship is a paid opportunity with a stipend (and a SEW, for qualifying students) for undergraduate students to spend a summer as an intern with a Washington, D.C.-based public agency or think tank. Fellows intern at their site for 10 weeks and take part in co-curricular programming that provides them with rich learning experiences, valuable peer-to-peer support and deep professional connections. 

Applications for 2021 summer opportunities, including the Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship, have been consolidated under the SPRINT (Summer/Semester Projects for Research, Internship, Teaching) application umbrella. 

The base stipend for all SPRINT Awards is $2,000. In addition, students with Brown financial aid will automatically receive an additional Gap Award ranging from $2,000-$3,000 based on their Parent Contribution/Responsibility as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, for a total of $4,000 - $5,000.

For Summer 2021, the cohort will include up to 15 undergraduate students and the program will be conducted remotely.

meet the Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship Cohorts

Selected fellows will work with Swearer Center to be matched with an internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. During the Spring 2021 semester, students will participate in preparatory workshops which will orient them to the program and to the work environment of Washington, D.C.

In the summer, students will complete the fellowship with the support, guidance, and instruction of Swearer Center staff. This will include that they participate in a required co-curriculum (approximately 10 hours per week) which will include facilitated discussions, written reflection assignments, and professional development workshops. 

Internship placements will be focused on one or more of the following types of public policy work:

  • Policy research and development;
  • Policy making (legislative, judicial and executive); or
  • Policy analysis and evaluation.

Fellowship placements may not involve advocacy work. For this reason, placements are primarily:

  • Government: Federal Agencies, Senate and House Committees, Legislative Offices, D.C. City Agencies and Government Offices
  • Think-tanks, policy institutes or research centers
  • In particular cases, placement may be made in another type of organization, so long as the work is policy-oriented and not advocacy-related.

For Summer 2021, student engagement may be conducted remotely.

The Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship program may satisfy the practicum requirement for students participating in the Engaged Scholarship Program.

The base stipend for Brown in Washington Fellowships is $2,000. In addition, students with Brown financial aid will automatically receive an additional gap award ranging from $1000-$3000 based on their Family/Parental Contribution as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Eligible students may also qualify for a Summer Earnings Waiver.


Upon selection into the Brown in Washington Fellowship program, students will have the opportunity to rank their interest in working with organizations. The list of partner organizations for the Summer 2021 term is available here

Preference will be given to students whose interests, experiences, and skills align with one or more of our partner organizations. Preference will also be given to students who apply with an approved internship already confirmed (if you are hoping to work at an organization that is not listed as a placement partner). 

Summaries of practicum work from Summer 2018, 2019, and 2020 fellows can be viewed here.​

It is possible to intern at an organization that is not one of our partners. The organization and internship opportunity must meet the criteria of our program (Internship over the course of 10 weeks, unpaid, policy-oriented organization), you must apply on your own, and you must confirm that you've been accepted as an intern if you are accepted into the Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship program. In the past, employers have provided at least 240 hours to ensure robust and high-quality experiences.



Second semester sophomores, juniors and mid-year seniors who are returning for the fall semester are eligible to apply. The program is open to students from any concentration. Students must be in good academic standing and available during the entire duration of the program. Graduating seniors (May '21) are not eligible. International students are eligible to apply, but may be subjected to tax withdrawals if their nation of citizenship does not have treaty benefits with the US—please see the Brown payroll office with questions about this.

The Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship is one of the BrownConnect funded LINK Signature Programs. Students are not eligible to receive more than one LINK award during their time at Brown -- this includes participation in LINK funded Signature Programs (iProv, CCG in NYC or DC, LA Media, BEO Hong Kong, Entrepreneurship in Israel or Sweden, Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship, Brown in Tulsa). Students on financial aid with a summer earnings expectation are eligible to receive one BrownConnect LINK award and one SEW award, referred to as a LINK/SEW bundle, during their time as an undergraduate at Brown. United States citizenship is not a determinant of eligibility to apply for funding from BrownConnect.

**Please note that if you are selected for an internship and you choose to accept it, you will be ineligible to receive a LINK award and ineligible for participation in any BrownConnect-funded LINK Signature program in subsequent summers.**

The dates of the program are (tentatively): May 27, 2021 to August 6, 2021.


To learn more about SPRINT awards, read the FAQs, and apply, click here. Please note: there is only one deadline for summer SPRINT awards - applications will not be accepted after this date. 

The 2021 Summer Application has closed. Please look back in 2022 for more information for the upcoming fellowship cycle.

Please note that you are required to provide ONE letter of recommendation in order to be considered for the Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship. Recommenders can be current or former supervisors, Brown faculty or staff. We encourage you to select a recommender who knows you well and can speak to your suitability for the Brown in Washington Summer Fellowship. 


Betsy Shimberg, [email protected] 
Senior Associate Dean of the College for Co-Curricular & Experiential Learning
Director, Brown in Washington