John W. Macy Summer Internship in Government and Public Policy Research

Deadline: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, by 4:00 p.m.

A 1938 graduate of Wesleyan, John Macy later served as Trustee and as Executive Vice President of the University.  His professional career was spent in service to the United States government as both Chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and first President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  In recognition of his exceptional contributions to public life, John Macy received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Three interns will be chosen from the junior class on the basis of those characteristics associated with John Macy:  high intellectual ability, a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks, strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and commitment to public service as a worthy career.

The interns will spend the summer in Washington, D.C., as special interns in the Government Accountability Office.  Working with a senior official as mentor, the Macy Interns will participate in current policy issues.  Interns could spend substantial time working with Congressional legislators and their staffs.  A stipend of $4,000 accompanies the internship.  Grants are potentially taxable.  If the money is used for tuition and fees, it is not.  For specific information, students should consult their parents’ accountants. If you would like to apply for the Macy internship, please submit to the Wesleyan Career Center by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1 ORIGINAL AND 3 COPIES of the following:

  • A 2 page essay (800-1000 words): The essay should discuss significant public policy or a problem confronting our society today that is of interest to you. It is highly suggested to have the professor from whom you request your recommendation review your essay. Please include some proposed solutions to the policy problem and include bibliographic references and/or statistical data to support your recommendations.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript.
  • Your resume.
  • A personal statement that includes your reasons for seeking the Macy internship.
  • A summer internship budget proposal (PDF)
  • ONE copy of a confidential letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

A review committee will then screen applications and interview finalists.

Please note: U.S. Government regulations stipulate that this internship is open only to U.S. citizens.

Additional information on the Macy internship is available, including evaluations from recent Macy interns, in the Macy binder in the Fellowship section of the Wesleyan Career Center library.

For additional questions please contact Pam Grande.