Prospective Students

Apply to Policy Internship Program (PIP)

Apply to become a program intern


The deadline to apply to become a program intern is in the fall semester and will be October 1 2024. Students will be invited to interview and then may be notified about acceptance into the program by December 1 2024. 

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled as a second or third year student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Please address all the questions on the APPLICATION FORM. The application questions can be referenced HERE AS A PDF but please ensure you submit the application through the application form.

WHAT is needed:

  • List a reference including a faculty, staff or former employer

  • Unofficial UVA transcript (Download from SIS)

  • One-page resume, including education, work history, extracurricular activities, policy interests, volunteer experiences, and any other information that you believe is relevant for our consideration of your application

  • Essay responses to the questions in the application


HOW to apply for internships and prepare for the summer experience: 

  1. Research agencies/organizations

Go to USAJOBS to learn more about government agencies and whether they match with your interests. For non-US citizens, think tanks and non-profit organizations are helpful places to start looking for your internship opportunities.

  1. Contact alumni

Reach out to PIP alumni in the “Alumni” tab from all years to learn more about what they did! Do not hesitate to reach out to them when needed.

  1. Essay questions

Your essays assist us in learning more about you and your curiosity or passion in engineering and policy. Use this as an opportunity to reflect how this program may be of assistance to you and your future endeavors.

  1. Interviews

Once selected after the application, interviews are conducted with the program director. This is the final step in the selection process.


Inquiries about the program can be directed to the Program Director, Rider Foley, at RIDER@VIRGINIA.EDU.