David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award

The David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award was established to support University of Pittsburgh students to pursue unpaid public service internships during the summer. The award is granted by the University Honors College in conjunction with the Department of Political Science in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. The summer internships may be with a nonprofit organization or government agency located anywhere in the United States, preferably outside of Pittsburgh, in cities such as Washington D. C. or New York. Priority is given to high-achieving students with an interest in leadership and community service who possess a strong desire to promote the common good. Applications will be available each year in Fall Semester. Once selected, the UHC and Political Science advisors will coach award recipients through the process of identifying and applying for internships within their interest areas. The internships should take place approximately from mid-May through early-August. Award winners will receive $4000 for internships outside of Pittsburgh or their hometown. Award winners will receive $3500 for internships in Pittsburgh or their hometown. These awards allow students to pursue the internship in lieu of summer work to pay for living costs.

David C. Frederick graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 with a baccalaureate degree in Political Science and was the University's first recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship. He later completed his PhD at Oxford and his JD at the University of Texas. He now works as an appellate attorney in Washington DC and has argued many cases before the United States Supreme Court. Frederick established this award in order to enable students to pursue their goals in public service during their undergraduate career.


  • Applicant must have an overall GPA of 3.50 or above.
  • Applicant must be a Pitt undergraduate student during the time of the internship. 

Materials Required for Submission:

  • Statement of Interest: An essay of 750-words or less discussing your area of interest for the internship and how participating in this program would further your academic goals as well as where public service fits into your broader life trajectory.
  • Academic Record: Current transcript (may be unofficial)
  • 1-Page Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation and one additional reference

Apply Here!

Any questions should be directed to Holly Hickling, Academic Community Engagement Coordinator at the University Honors College, at hlh39@pitt.edu, or Andrew Lotz, PhD, Lecturer and Academic Advisor in the Department of Political Science, at ANL7@pitt.edu.

Application Deadline for Summer 2018: November 14, 2017