Zero Hunger Internship

Zero Hunger Interns are placed at Washington-based organizations that work to end domestic or global hunger. In addition to receiving leadership development training from the Hunger Center, interns also participate in a five-part Summer Seminar Series about domestic and global hunger, policy, and advocacy.

In addition to participating in leadership development training through the Congressional Hunger Center, interns also attend a five-part Summer Seminar Series about domestic and global hunger, public policy, and advocacy. Cohorts consist of 8-10 motivated individuals committed to careers in the anti-hunger field.


The Hunger Center seeks talented applicants with a variety of interests and backgrounds who are dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty on a global scale. We know that a diversity of perspectives from different communities, cultures and lived experiences is critical to solving the complex challenge of hunger.  Accordingly, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as those with lived experience of food insecurity are encouraged to apply.

At this time, all Zero Hunger Interns must be U.S. Citizens or be authorized to work in the United States.


The Hunger Center provides Zero Hunger Interns with:

  • Financial support: Each intern receives a financial package of up to $5,200 designed to support living expenses in Washington, D.C. for 10 weeks. In addition, the Hunger Center will provide a travel stipend for interns travelling to and from Washington from within the United States at the beginning and end of the summer.
  • Leadership development training: Zero Hunger Interns complete a leadership development curriculum based on our Leadership Capabilities Model, tailored to the needs of college students.
  • Membership in a dynamic learning cohort of interns: Interns will conduct research and attend the Summer Seminar Series and leadership trainings as a cohort. Interns possess a variety of racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds and bring to the cohort a diversity of work experiences and expertise. Accordingly, each internship cohort comprises a valuable learning community.
  • Connection to an extensive network: Interns will have access to the Hunger Center’s network of alums, partners, and experts, including participants from our Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program.


To apply:

Complete the application form and attach your resume. (The application cannot be saved and continued later; draft your responses before entering them in the form so you don’t lose your data.)


Deadline is usually toward the end of February.


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Summer

Program Type

  • Professional
  • Public Service


  • DC

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