Lewis-Burke Associates LLC seeks a policy-minded student or recent graduate for a paid, full-time Summer internship. Our internship program offers the opportunity to work on meaningful projects at the intersection of science, research, education, and healthcare while gaining exposure to the world of advocacy and consulting.

Lewis-Burke is a leading government relations and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. with a proven record of success working with leading research universities, academic medical centers, scientific societies, and research organizations before the U.S. Congress and the Executive branch of the federal government.  The firm works to strategically and successfully advance the interests of clients by providing strategic advice and on-the-ground lobbying.  Our staff works together in a collaborative style that encourages participation from staff at all levels.  Attention to detail, strong communication skills (writing, public speaking), proactive working style, and a desire to learn are essential requirements for this position.


Roles and Responsibilities

During the program, interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Embed into one of Lewis-Burke’s issue expert teams on topics including healthcare and biomedical research; defense and national security; climate and the environment; or education and workforce. Interns will also have the opportunity to engage on other issues such as energy, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, technology and computing, arts and humanities, physical sciences, and more.
  • Conduct a major written project, identified in collaboration with senior leadership and your issue team, to be completed throughout the course of the internship. Interns will present on their project to the office at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Conduct substantive issue research and assist on firm wide projects, both within their issue expert team and across the firm.
  • Attend and produce summaries and analysis of congressional hearings and federal agency meetings.
  • Shadow client calls, legislative meetings, agency engagements, and strategic planning meetings.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks and pitch in wherever needed.


Benefits of a Lewis-Burke Internship

We believe that our internship program should provide participants with the skills and experience needed for their continued success in their careers. Lewis-Burke interns can expect to:

  • Improve their knowledge of the legislative and executive branches and issues of interest based on interaction with Lewis-Burke staff, clients, and congressional/federal employees.
  • Expand their professional networks through engagement with Lewis-Burke staff at all levels, as well as external networking opportunities, as available.
  • Produce written products, including legislative analysis, newsletter articles, and agency landscape memos, that can be used to demonstrate competence in future job applications.
  • Gain familiarity with the fields of policy, legislation, government relations, and lobbying.
  • Build work experience that can be used on future resumés and cover letters.


Additional Information:

We structure our internship program around your academic schedule and have found that interns receive the most value from their in-office work totaling up to 35 – 40 hours per week.  Intern(s) are expected to work in the Lewis-Burke office Monday-Thursday, with a telework day on Friday dependent on in-office staffing needs. We will accommodate academic scheduling within reason.


Our Summer internship runs approximately from early June to mid-August.  Exact start and end dates are negotiable.  Please include your daily/hourly availability and desired start date in your application. Interns are paid an hourly wage up to $20.00 based on experience, qualifications, and hours available.

Lewis-Burke is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability, and experience drives us forward every day.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume and answers (max 500 words each) to the following questions to internship@lewis-burke.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but no later than May 1, 2023.  No calls or drop-ins please.

  • What interests you about working as an intern at a research and education-focused government relations and consulting firm?
  • Is there an issue area (Education, Defense, Health, Environment, Etc.) that you are particularly interested in?
  • What skills and qualities do you possess that would allow you to best succeed in this role?