David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award

Receive $4,000 to $6,000 to pursue a prestigious nonprofit or government internship, with support to help you secure a top-tier position in your field.

Applications for Summer 2022 will be open Friday, Oct. 8 and close Monday, Nov. 1.

To apply for the Frederick or Keefe Awards, please check back soon as we will be updating applications and posting them on InfoReady. If you are eligible for the award, the application will be visible to you.

Watch the Oct. 14 recorded info session

Awards are granted in the fall, so you have financial security and advising support while you apply for the best position for your interests and career goals. 

Awardees receive: 

  • Up to $6,000 to cover costs of living during an otherwise unpaid internship with either a nonprofit organization or government agency over the summer (from appx. mid-May through early-August.)
  • Support and connections to earn a prestigious placement in your field anywhere in the United States — at a leading international organization, federal bureau, in Congress, or similar. 

The award advisors will help you apply for THE top-tier opportunity in your field, based on your own career interests. For example, previous Frederick Interns have worked with leading organizations like Human Rights Watch, the U.S. Department of State, Women in Government, the National Coalition for the Homeless, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

If you are interested in placement in the U.S. Senate, check the box in the application for designated William J. Keefe Congressional Fellowship positions in Congress.


  • Recommended GPA of 3.50 or above.
  • You must be a full-time Pitt undergraduate student during your internship. 
  • Priority is given to high-achieving students with an interest in leadership, community service, and the common good.
  • Intended internship location should be outside of Pittsburgh or your hometown. 

Materials for submission:

  • Statement of Interest: An essay of 750-words or less discussing your area of interest for the internship, how this program would further your academic goals, and how public service fits into your broader life trajectory.
  • 1-page resume
  • Letter of Recommendation

If you have questions, contact Stacie Dow, Program Manager of Student and Faculty Engagement at the Honors College, at smd164@pitt.edu, or Andrew Lotz, PhD, Lecturer and Academic Advisor in the Department of Political Science, at ANL7@pitt.edu.


​This award is generously funded by David C. Frederick, Honors alum ('83) and Pitt's first Rhodes Scholar. He also earned his PhD at Oxford and his JD at the University of Texas. He is as an appellate attorney in Washington DC and has notably argued more than 50 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has advocated for the public and communities in several high-profile cases, and established this award to inspire and enable more undergraduates to enhance their careers in public service.