Paul A. Volcker Government Internship Award

The objective of the Paul A. Volcker Government Internship Award is to open the door to careers in public service and help NextGen Service Corps students gain vital skills to better serve their communities and nation.

Paul A. Volcker Government Internship Award

Application Period is Now Open

The Paul A. Volcker Government Internship Award provides funding to NextGen Service Corps (NextGen Service) students participating in an internship with local, state, or federal government. Selected students receive an award of $3,000. Students must secure their own unpaid or paid government internship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a NextGen Service member university and in good standing in a NextGen Service program, as verified by program staff.
  • Proof of a secured internship in government at the local, state, or federal level. Students do not need to have an internship secured at the time of application.

Application Criteria

Submit a video resume.

In no more than two minutes, tell us your story. Your video should address your full name, education, experience, skills, your prospective internship, and anything else you would like to share about yourself. Note: the video can be recorded through the application software, or you may submit a video file.


Answer two short-response questions.

Your response to each question must be no more than 300 words.

Short-response questions:

1. Describe one positive change you would like to see in society and how government can play a role in supporting or driving this change.

2. Government is struggling to recruit young workers. In the federal government, for example, more than one-third of civilian employees are eligible for retirement in the next five years and fewer than 6 percent of employees are under the age of 30. Local and state governments are experiencing similar workforce challenges. How might we better attract young talent to government careers?

Application Timeline

The award is offered in the fall, spring, and summer academic terms. Applications are rolling, with all decisions sent within four weeks of submitting your application.

Application Requirements

  • If selected for an award, students must provide proof of their government internship prior to receipt of the monetary award.
  • Award recipients will be required to submit their headshot and biography, which will be shared through the Volcker Alliance’s newsletter, website, and social media.
  • Recipients will be asked to attend a virtual gathering of all past and current awardees and share their internship experience.
  • For tax purposes, a Paul A. Volcker Government Internship Award is considered taxable. US students must complete an IRS Form W-9 prior to award issuance and will be required to report it as taxable income at the end of the year. The Volcker Alliance will send award recipients an IRS Form 1099 by January 31, 2024.


For more information, view the FAQ linked below. If you have any questions about the award, contact