Theodore H. Strauss Civic Internship Award

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Theodore H. Strauss Civic Internship Award


Are you interested in pursuing a summer internship in the fields of public policy, government, or politics?


About Award

The University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students are invited to apply for The Ted Strauss Civic Internship Award provided by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Moody College of Communication, to supplement their paid or unpaid internship in the fields of public policy, public service, government, or politics for the summer. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in your field while also receiving financial support.


The internship must be in the area of public policy, public service, government, or politics. Must be an undergraduate and not be graduating before December 2024. The internship must be a minimum of 10 hours a week for 10 weeks and must not include more than 25% clerical work. Course credit is preferred, but not required. The recipients will be expected to write a summary of their experience and to make a brief oral report, if requested, at the Annette Strauss Institute's advisory council meeting following their internship experience.

To apply, please submit the following in the application portal:

  • Contact information

  • Major field of study and current overall GPA

  • Resume

  • A Statement of Interest (1600 character limit).


Stipend Award



Application opens: March 25, 2024

Deadline to apply: May 6, 2024

Selections notifications will be sent out on May 20, 2024.

Applications now closed

Past Awardees

Previous award winners have worked for CNN, the U.S. Department of Education, the United States Senate, Defenders of Wildlife, the Muscular Dystrophy Association among other organizations and governmental agencies. The goal of this award is to reduce financial barriers to exploring careers in public service and support students by providing additional funding to undergraduate students.

2023 Recipients

Kayla Abramowitz, Carter Moxley, Mariana Gil Huerta, Pranathi Pilla, Justin Vargas

2022 Recipients

Alex Acosta, Zachary Krankauer Ganz, Emma Pham, Olivia Richert

2021 Recipients

Rajit Gulhati, Ezinne Iwuanyanwu, Emily Layton, Breanna Lozano, Tesa Muzquiz, Alexzandra Roman, Janae Steggall

Past Winners