Contribute, Collaborate and Advance

Lewis-Burke Internship Program

Our internship program enables our interns to experience a dynamic, collaborative work environment and learn more about advocacy, policy, and consulting. We are a DC based full-service lobby and consulting firm specializing in advocacy for science, technology, health, and education organizations. Our clients – research universities, research organizations, and scientific associations – look to us for timely strategic advice and intelligence on emerging federal trends. Lewis-Burke staff, from Senior Principals to Interns, work collaboratively to advance policy and realize funding objectives.


We structure our internship program around academic schedules, making accommodations where possible. Experience shows that interns benefit most when they commit 35-40 hours per week. Sessions are:

  • Spring (January-March)| Apply by last Monday of October
  • Summer (June-August) | Apply by first Monday in April
  • Fall (September-November) | Apply by first Monday in July

Lewis-Burke interns are paid $15 per hour.

  • Expand their knowledge of the legislative process and issues of interest based on interaction with Lewis-Burke staff, clients, and congressional/federal employees
  • Attend and produce summaries and analysis of congressional hearings and federal agency meetings
  • Conduct substantive issue research on matters of interest to the firm’s clients including: research funding, student aid, energy, space, transportation, computing, health, technology transfer, and environmental science
  • Provide occasional support for the administrative team and pitch in wherever needed

How to Apply

Send a single PDF of your resume, cover letter, and answers to the application questions (see below) to In your cover letter or the body of the e-mail, please indicate which session you are applying for, your earliest available start date, and your hourly availability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interested candidates are welcome to apply for any session at any time.


We want to know about you — your work history, volunteer activities, educational pursuits and interests.

Cover Letter

Your cover letter lets you go beyond what’s in your resume and show why you would be a standout candidate.

Application Questions (max 500 words each)

We look forward to seeing your answers for both these questions:

  • What interests you about working as an intern at a research and education-focused government relations and consulting firm?
  • What skills and qualities do you possess that would allow you to best succeed in this role?

Don’t Forget

Include all three requirements listed above in a single pdf. In your cover letter, or the body of the email, also include your session preference (Spring, Summer or Fall), earliest start date and hourly availability. Good luck, we hope to welcome you to the Lewis-Burke team!