Student Policy Internships

US Capitol, Washington, DC | Image Credit: Matthew Gallagher

Influencing policies that govern our world, nation, and communities provides the ultimate opportunity to trailblaze. Given the opportunity, landscape architecture students may apply their unique skills to develop policies that will address climate change, biodiversity, environmental justice, transportation, and more!

Securing policy-related internships can simultaneously affect issues that have a direct impact on design work and raise awareness for the profession. The opportunities linked below will allow students to work on issues related to climate change, biodiversity, public health and safety, and environmental justice.

Apply below for federal opportunities such as the White House Internship, state opportunities such as the Michigan Office of Environmental Justice Advocate, and local opportunities such as the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice.

Applied to a public policy internship? Let ASLA know here. Use this customizable cover letter template to speed up the application process.


Federal Government

Students can apply their skills in Congress or in agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, and more.

US House

US Senate

Executive Branch

State Government

The 117th Congress passed both the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. With those signed into law, now is the time to build and to focus on implementation. States governments will receive and administer the majority of these funds.

State Legislatures

State Agencies

Local Opportunities


Roxanne Blackwell, 
Esq., Hon. ASLA,
Director of Federal
Government Affairs

Elizabeth Hebron,
Director of State
Government Affairs