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Lott Leadership Institute
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At the Lott Institute, we believe the best way to learn is by doing. As a commitment to that belief, Institute students, staff, and alumni have developed robust internships opportunities for Lott students. Through Institute programs, strategic partnerships, and alumni connections, we empower our students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to the professional world.

Lott students seeking Institutional support for internship opportunities/applications should email a resume and letter of interest (in PDF format) to Dr. Melissa Jones ( Support in creating/editing/tailoring these documents is available to students who request it through the Lott Office.

Please note that any requests for academic credit for internship experiences require the approval of Dr. Chen and the Department of Public Policy Leadership. Please see the PPL website or contact the PPL office for more details.

Institute Internship Programs

The Lott Institute operates the Washington Internship Experience every spring in Washington, D.C., allowing students to encounter the excitement of the nation’s capital while gaining professional experience and staying on track to graduate. Program participants earn twelve (12) PPL credit hours while interning in a non-profit, government relations, or congressional office. Additionally, students participate in briefings, group excursions, and lectures to supplement the experiential learning offered through the internship and coursework.


The Institute additionally partners with entities that recognize the value of experiential learning and the high quality of students produced by the PPL program.

Every summer, the Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C. operates the Leadership & the American Presidency (LTAP) program, where students earn 3-6 credit hours while working in an internship. As a fellow Institute dedicated to non-partisan leadership development, the Lott Institute is grateful for the friendship and support of the Reagan Institute.

Through the work of an Institute alumna, the Sunflower County Freedom Project receives interns from The University of Mississippi each summer in support of their mission. The Lott Institute is proud to select and support one of the University’s representatives.

Alumni Connections

Graduates of the Institute’s programs go far and wide, and support the Institute’s mission through offering our students internship opportunities when available. Through the maintenance of alumni relationships, Institute staff are able to work to create opportunities for our current students.