Paving a way to Public Service

MSU Denver’s Institute for Public Service hosts internship programs that help MSU Denver students build pathways to careers in all forms of public service, despite their major or degree path. These internships provide access to public servants and mentors while they build professional networks and expertise.

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Presidential Federal Internship Program

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MSU Denver Presidential Federal Internship Program

In collaboration with MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson, the Institute for Public Service, and the Classroom to Career Hub we are pleased to offer MSU Denver students an opportunity to apply for selective spots in our Presidential Federal Internship Program. The internships offer a unique opportunity to work in multiple facets of public service in Washington, D.C.

Internship opportunities will be identified through MSU Denver supporters and partnerships, and students selected will learn more about these opportunities as they progress in the interview process. Participation in public service-based experiential learning will provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in many career pathways and offer the opportunity to support the governmental process and/or the important work of community organizations.

The summer program will ensure:

  1. Each student receives up to $6,000 in financial support during their 10-week internship, either through a combination of funds directly from the internship sponsor or MSU Denver
  2. Round-trip airfare
  3. A stipend for ground transportation (DC Metro Pass)
  4. Shared housing in Washington, D.C. for 10 weeks (double/triple occupancy rooms); including a stipend for living incidentals (bedding, towels, etc.)
  5. Academic credit for the internship (if applicable)

Welcoming all majors and disciplines! Summer 2025 Presidential Federal Internship Program information sessions coming this fall.

Summer 2025 MSU Denver Presidential Federal Internship Program Application

The Summer 2024 MSU Denver Presidential Federal Internship Program application period has closed. Look for the Summer 2025 program information sessions coming this fall.

2024 Presidential Federal Internship Program Job Description and Application Instructions

Student Experience

MSU Denver carries a legacy of public service and public service-minded programming. Our students in every department, school, and college serve the public in visible and meaningful ways. The Institute is an all-encompassing structure that provides ALL MSU Denver students with:

  1. Academic programming and courses focused on public service concepts, theories, and pathways.
  2. Opportunities to engage with high-profile public servants participating in significant public events, guest instruction, and residencies.
  3. Cohort-based programs across multiple sectors, focused on experiential learning through a paid internship component, that lead to a micro-credential or certificate.
  4. A pathway from any discipline or major to meaningful opportunities in the public service sphere.

Internship Qualifications

To qualify for the MSU Denver Presidential Federal Internship Program and other public service related internships, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to a public service career
  • A desire for a career of purpose
  • Interest in public policy, nonprofit management, or leadership
  • Current MSU Denver student
  • Eligible for Student Employment at MSU Denver
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Time management skills

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Contact Us

For questions or more information


Shaun LaBarre, Director, Institute for Public Service


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Campus Location:

King Center 484

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 37
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362