Internship Site Spotlight: The Institute on Business and Government Affairs

Students participating in the Institute on Business and Government Affairs learn about the relationship between business and government through internships in the lobbying field. Students are placed with government affairs offices of major corporations, trade associations and private lobbying firms. Here we feature three sites that have provided past interns with excellent internship experiences. 

The Aerospace Industries Association (AiA) represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft and equipment. Including Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and many others, AiA is considered by many as the definitive voice of the aerospace industry.


IBGA student Kelly Snyder of the U.S. Air Force Academy said he enjoyed his internship at AiA because it offered “great out of office opportunities to see and attend meetings around the city.” He attended and reported on congressional hearings related to defense appropriations. During her internship, Beth Marcotte of the University of Central Oklahoma had the opportunity to plan an Aerospace luncheon on Capitol Hill. She had this to say of her experience, “My internship was amazing. I was given real responsibility and experienced what a government affairs office is like day-to-day.”


The Ford Motor Company, famous for the creation of the assembly line, has been a long-time intern sponsor for the Institute on Business and Government Affairs.


IBGA student Rachel Gottke, from Virginia Tech, had the opportunity to track the Cash for Clunkers legislation and report on related hearings in 2009. Brianna Alexander of Howard University, who interned at Ford in the summer of 2010, had this to say of her experience, “Interning at Ford was an interactive experience that exposed me to legislative issues before they even reached Capitol Hill. It was a wonderful behind-the-scenes experience.”


International Paper, as the name suggests, is a leader in the paper and packaging industry with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and North Africa. The government affairs office in Washington has provided fascinating internships for students interested in international affairs, the environment and sustainability. 

Students interning with International Paper can expect a lot of lobbying visits to Capitol Hill. “I was going to lobbying events three times a week,” reports Lauren Jones, from the University of Pittsburgh. She was able to make lasting connections with leaders in the industry.


IBGA’s internship sites represent a variety of industries and focus on the most exciting and important political issues. Some other examples are:


  • Quinn Gillespie and Associates
  • Siemens, Corp.
  • Cobham Corporate
  • Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)
  • Healthcare Leadership Council


For more information on other organizations that have hosted IBGA interns in the past, please visit:

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