Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer In D.C. Policy Research Internship Program

Offering Rice University undergraduates hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis.




The goal of the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program is to offer Rice University undergraduate students hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis in our nation's capital.
Initiated in 2004, the program provides summer stipends to students conducting policymaking research at government agencies, private think tanks and nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C. Students attend a seminar on public policy and global affairs coterminous with their internships in D.C., write a research report, give a presentation before Rice faculty and researchers, and organize a public education activity. Applicants, who are screened by a committee of Baker Institute and Rice faculty, are individually responsible for selecting and establishing internships and residency in D.C. Click here to read about the experience of Noorain Khan, one of the first interns to benefit from the program.
Since 2004, 108 students have worked at the State Department, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Middle East Institute, the Urban Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, the Humane Society and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others. Many have used their research experiences to obtain prestigious scholarships, including Rhodes Scholarships, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Fulbright Scholarships and Wagoner Scholarships. The program is led by Steven W. Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute and professor of the practice in humanities at Rice. It is sponsored by a grant from the Houston Endowment Inc. Additional support has been provided by:
  • The Mattel Foundation
  • The Honorable Edward N. Ney
  • The Honorable Anne L. Armstrong and Mr. Tobin Armstrong
  • The Honorable Roy M. Huffington
  • The Honorable Kenneth Franzheim II
  • The Eason Weinmann Foundation
  • The Honorable Peter F. Secchia
The deadline to apply for the 2016 program is Jan. 31, 2016. Click here to download the application.
The 2010 D.C. internship program report is also available for download here.
To learn more about the post-graduation career and educational opportunities past interns have pursued, download “Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program — Then and Now.”

2015 Program Interns

Maithili Bagaria
Meredith Bouchein
Mary Charlotte Carroll
Gavin Cross
Eileen Huang
Danya Kachkou
Jackie Olive
Kimberly Rightor
Aakash Shah
Melanie Zook

2014 Program Interns

Jonathan Berg
Vicky Comesanas 
James Dargan 
Nick Fleder
Baek Ho Jang
Sean Leong 
Nicolas Park
Rebecca Satterfield
Sophia Sciabica
Nick Thorpe
Zachary Watterson 
Kaylee Yocum 

2013 Program Interns

Peter Abraham
Evan Austin
Hira Baig
Katherine Cai
Blake Delaplane
Tianyi Hua
Nathan Joo
Landy Mao
Esteban Pimentel
Rohini Sigireddi
Matthew Stampfl
Lilly Yu

2012 Program Interns

The 2012 cohort of students was jointly constituted by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Jesse Jones Leadership Center and the George R. Brown School of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Leadership.

Andrew Amis
Ran Chen
Daniel Cohen
Navtej Dhaliwal
Theodore Grodek
Angela Guo
Christian Keller
Diane Ramirez
Devon Rule
Benjamin Seidensticker
Lauren Theis
Julian Yao

Program Alumni

Fiona Adams 
Ashley Allen
Chris Aresu
Benjamin Brookstone
David Brown
Diana Cahill
Kara Calhoun
Matthew Carey
Benjamin Chou
Evan Colton
Kirti Datla
Michael Feldman
Devin Glick
Molly Goldstein
Vivek Gopalan
Sean Graham
Emery Gullickson
Hrishikesh Hari
Keith Henneke
Rebecca Jaffe
Tawfik Jarjour
Bhavika Kaul
John Kehoe
Noorain Khan
Christina Lagos
Casey Langwith
Daniel LaSalle
Jason Lee
David Liou
Jingyuan Luo
Cort Malmberg
Mithun Mansinghani
Ellory Matzner
Patrick McAnaney
Jordana Mosten
Janey Myers
Saira Karim Najam
Shireen Nasir
Kelly O'Connor
Payton Odom
Sarah Perelstein
Rachael Petersen
Sailesh Prabhu
James Prohaska
Joe Pullano
Rahul Rekhi
Sanna Ronkainen
Neeraj Salhotra
Arthi Satyanarayan
Ariela Schachter

Mark Seraydarian
Apoorva Shah
Tara Slough
Rachel Solnick
Dale Swartz
Laura Szarmach
Christina Tran
Joe Vavra
Navin Vij
Andy Wang
Kathryn Wheat
Chajin Wu
Victoria Zyp