2019-2023 Pelosi Scholars meet with Paul (SFS’62) and then-Speaker Nancy (H’02) Pelosi in the Speaker of the House chambers in December 2022.
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The mission of the Paul F. Pelosi Scholars Initiative (PSI) is to provide exceptional SFS sophomores and juniors with the professional skillset, network of practitioners/scholars and hands-on experience to prepare them to serve the public in their post-graduate careers. Students who are selected as Paul F. Pelosi Scholars are guided by a deep commitment to serving others, not simply “steering” public institutions on others’ behalf, and to promoting both effective governance and the wise stewardship of resources for the common good.

In keeping with the SFS’ century-long tradition of preparing students for public service and global leadership, PSI enables students to complement their rigorous academic coursework with mentorship and professional experience in order to recognize their full potential as people for others.


Internship Support

Pelosi Scholars are responsible for finding their own public service internships. However, they have unlimited access to 1:1 coaching, a cohort-only group chat, and other support of their search. In addition, Scholars are provided with guidance and support during their internships, both 1:1 and as a cohort.

Funding Support

Pelosi Scholars receive a stipend in order to pursue an unpaid, full-time summer internship in public service. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for fall and/or spring internships. Likewise, internships that are paid and/or only part-time will be funded on a partial basis.)

All Pelosi Scholar internships must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. be in the public interest, on behalf of or representing the public
  2. serve all members of a given community
  3. be part of a governmental, non-profit or civil service organization
  4. provide an essential good or service to the public without direct charge.

PSI internships may not be fulfilled at for-profit organizations and may not include funding for curricular education or professional training.

Professional Development & Networking

Interactions with current public servants, experiential learning, and professional development are the core of this program. Paul F. Pelosi Scholars can expect to attend monthly meetings (6 total over the academic year), including trainings, informal discussions, formal networking and career skills sessions with experts and practitioners, throughout the academic year, but mostly centered on the spring semester.  It is our intention to have incoming and outgoing Scholar cohorts meet with Paul and/or Nancy Pelosi in the fall.

Community & Service

Each cohort of Pelosi Scholars joins a growing community of alumni Scholars who continue to give back. After finishing their summer internship, the Pelosi Scholars commit to reflecting — both in writing and together as a group — on their experience. They also commit to then serve as mentors to the next class of Scholars, as well as in future Pelosi Scholar cohort selection, teaching, networking and mentoring.

Site Visit

Scholars will have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and/or another federal agency in order to explore future career opportunities and connect with Hoyas in the field.

Pelosi Scholar student stand around Paul Pelosi and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a group photo. Each person is wearing a mask.
2020-2022 Pelosi Scholars meet with Paul (SFS’62) and Nancy (H’02) Pelosi in December, 2021

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How to Apply

Interested sophomore and juniors in the SFS must submit an application package via Handshake, which includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial academic transcript
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation (from a professor or supervisor who knows your work, character, and commitment to public service)

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on:

  • demonstrated interest in and commitment to public service
  • professional and leadership experience
  • academic performance
  • commitment to Georgetown’s values

The selection process is holistic and includes both the written application and, for semi-finalists, an interview.

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What is the commitment in terms of time during the spring semester?
Pelosi Scholars are expected to attend a variety of activities, trainings and events throughout the semester. They must be able to commit to a Friday 12-1PM class in the spring semester. (Which is a zero-credit entry on their transcript.)  While the cohort will only meet 1-3 times/month, Scholars must commit to leaving that time open weekly.  

How much is the summer internship stipend?
Students with unpaid, fulltime internships of at least 8 weeks received $6500 in 2023. (That amount is subject to change in either direction.) Students with paid and/or part-time internships receive a prorated fellowship. The minimum a Scholar receives is $1000.

Do I have to find my own internship or does the Pelosi Scholars Initiative find it for me?

You are responsible for finding and applying to your public service internship for the Summer of 2024. That said, you are provided with considerable support in doing so, including 1:1 coaching, a group chat with internship postings, skills development and networking opportunities.

Can international students apply?

Yes, as long as they are committed to a career in public service, and their Summer 2024 internship will be in public service either in their own country or here in the US, e.g. at a service-oriented NGO.

Can I be a Pelosi Scholar if I will be studying abroad in the 2023-2024 school year?

No. As much of the PSI experience is gained through in-person meetings, trainings, and mentoring conversations, students who are studying abroad during the 2023-24 academic year are not eligible to be Pelosi Scholars that year. 

Students are able to do their public service summer internship abroad (e.g. State Department summer internships are common among Pelosi Scholars, for example, as is working at an NGO overseas), and are also able to study abroad during the semester following their summer internship (i.e. Fall 2024).

Can I work in any part of the federal government? How about state or local government?

Yes! An internship in any part or level of government public service is eligible.

What if I only find a part-time internship? What if it’s only half of the summer? What if it’s paid? Do I still get the stipend?

The stipend will be adjusted when the public service internship is part-time and/or paid. All internships must be at least 8 weeks long.

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2024 Student Cohort

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Past Pelosi Scholar Cohorts

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2023 Student Cohort

Andrea Poma (Vital Voices)

Angela Yu (USAID Office of the Secretary)

Elizabeth George (U.S. Dept of State ENR)

Grace Parcover (Search for Common Ground)

Hannah Laibinis (Hope 4 Young Girls Tanzania / Mo Dewji Foundation)

Isabella Stratta (Department of Commerce – Intl. Trade Administration)

Jack Gasdia (Secure Communities Group)

Jupiter Huang (Arms Control Association)

Komal Samrow (UNICEF Türkiye)

Logan Richman (National Endowment for Democracy)

Maria Victoria Almeida Vazquez

Renato Llontop Calosi (Embassy of Peru in the U.S.)

Sanjana Ranganathan (U.S. Dept of State INL)

Sophie Coste (Center for Strategic & Intl. Studies)

Youmna Al-Madani (DC Volunteer Lawyers Project)

2022 Student Cohort

Brian Zhu (The Atlantic Council)

Chendi Liu  (U.S. Dept. of State, Papua New Guinea)

Cimrun Srivistava (Generations for Peace, Jordan)

Elena Sapelyuk. (Peace Authors)

Joyce Yang (U.S. Dept. of State)            

Karen Samy (U.S. Dept. of State)

Laura Rockefeller (U.S. Dept. of State)

Lily Erickson (Vital Voices Global Partnership)

Mariana Guzmán (Prep for Prep)

Marisa Morrison (GIWPS)

Nirvana Khan (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)

Zahra Wakilzada (U.S. House of Representatives)

2021 Student Cohort

Anya Wahal (World Wildlife Fund)

Atharv Gupta (U.S. Dept. of State)

Channing Lee (U.S. Dept. of State)

Divjot Bawa (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

Irmak Sensöz (Middle East Institute)

Julio Salmeron-Perla (U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs)

Lee Iskandar (U.S. Senate)

Margaux Ochoa (U.S. House of Representatives)

Masaraat Asif (World Affairs Council)

Zulekha Tasneem (PATH/ Global Health Technologies Coalition)

2020 Student Cohort

Agnieszka Krotzer (Private Counterintelligence Firm)

Arash Abbas (National Endowment for Democracy)

Elizabeth Ash (States and Institutions of Governance in Latin America [SIGLA])

Grant Castle (Business Executives for National Security [BENS])

Patrick Walsh (Center for Global Health Science and Security)

Satya Adabala (GIWPS)

Varsha Menon (Peace TechLab)

2019 Student Cohort

Brenden Ebertz (Council on Foreign Relations)

Caleb Yip (U.S. Dept. of State)

Jon Furlong (Gerakan Kepedulian Indonesia)

Mena Mohamed (U.S. Dept. of State)

Millie Heeu Kim (CSIS)

Morgan Smith (Brookings Institution)Siona Sharma (The World Bank + the govt. of Maharashtra, India)

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2023 Public Service Leader Participants

Stephanie Arzate (U.S. Dept. of State)

Carla Gomes Briones (UN Development Program)

Faith Corneille (U.S. Dept. of State)

Sandra Dickison (U.S. Dept. of Energy)

John Jordan (Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention, USAID)

Lynn Massengill (U.S. Dept. of State)

Vanessa J. Panaligan (World Bank)

Maria Rendon (USAID)

Melysa Sperber (Solidarity Center)

Carl Watson (U.S. Dept. of State)

Tina Wong (U.S. Dept. of State)

Clifton Yin (U.S. Dept. of Energy)

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2022 Public Service Leader Participants

Krystin Borgognone, Deputy Director for Programs, The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Lauren Bean Buitta, Founder and CEO, Girl Security

Olja Busbaher, Grants Officer, Malala Fund

Margaret Ferrato, Senior Analyst, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

Anna Hartge, Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Elizabeth Mohan, Senior Transition Advisor, Office of Transition Initiatives, U.S. Agency for International Development

Kirby Shea Neuner, Peacekeeping Advisor, U.S. Department of State; former Lebanon desk at the U.S. Agency for International Development

Katarina O’Regan, Foreign Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Services

Mónica Pellerano, Cyber Policy Initiative, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Lara Sulzman, Humanitarian Protection Advisor, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Hana Vizcarra, Senior Attorney, EarthJustice

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