Summer Institute

The 2018 SI class with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (DE 83)
The 2018 SI class with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (DE 83)


Since 1991, the Truman Foundation’s Summer Institute program has been bringing Truman Scholars to Washington for internships at government agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Summer Institute is designed to introduce newly graduated Truman Scholars to the realities of working in public service in Washington, as well as to provide opportunities for community building within the Scholar cohort. When not working, the Summer Institute Scholars live together in a dormitory on the George Washington University campus and attend:

  • seminars focused on national politics and policymaking (May 31st to June 4th & various days during in the summer);
  • meetings with former Truman Scholars and other prominent public servants; and, 
  • Scholar led-presentations on seven Tuesday nights throughout the summer.

Participating Internship Partners

We are thankful for our partners for hosting Truman Scholars as summer interns, giving them hands-on experience working in public service:

  • Catalogue for Philanthropy
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Data & Society
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Friends of the Truman Foundation
  • Fund for the City of New York
  • German Marshall Fund
  • Globe Med
  • Indigenous Data Stewards Research Team
  • International Student Environmental Coalition
  • Jasmine Road
  • Jasymn Foundation
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • National Homelessness Law Center
  • Pathways to Housing DC
  • Paul's Project Grace Campus
  • Plan International USA
  • Refugees International
  • Silicon Valley Defense Group
  • Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
  • Teaching for Change
  • The Wilson Center's Polar Institute 
  • U.S. Congressman Andy Kim
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
  • U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Acquisition and Grants Administration
  • U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Civil Rights Center
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • U.S. Senator Chris Coons
  • University Network of Human Rights
  • University of Exeter
  • World Bank Inspection Panel
  • Your Houston

2022 Summer Institute

The 2022 Summer Institute will be held from Sunday, May 29th to Saturday, July 30th. Our current plan is to have the event in person and in Washington, DC. We will continuously evaluate the feasibility of in-person programming and maintain flexibility whenever possible.

Our 2020 and 2021 Summer Institutes were a combination of in person and virtual internships, depending on the preferences of the Scholar and the internship supervisor. We can implement such a solution for SI 2022 if needed, but our hope is to build community in person in Washington, D.C.

Host a Truman Scholar

If you are a public service employer in the DMV area interested in hosting a Truman Scholar, please contact us for details on our program.

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