Message from the Director

Do you like to work on big challenges? Are you thinking about careers in government, non-profits, media, or the private sector to make a difference in public policy? The Les Aspin Center for Government may be a great fit for you!

The Aspin Center provides unique, high-impact learning experiences to students in any major and from any university. Throughout the academic year, we offer specialized internship opportunities and academic courses in both Washington D.C. and Milwaukee. You could spend your semester or summer working for a member of Congress, a nonprofit organization, a private firm, the FDA, or even the White House — all through the Les Aspin Center for Government and the Kleczka Internship Program.

We work with students to secure internships best tailored to their field of study. Our interns are not just majoring in political science, but include students studying biological sciences, business, communication, engineering, nursing, and more.

We've been helping them do that for over 30 years, and more than 2,500 students have had a unique look at the American political process thanks to the Les Aspin Center. Many choose to return to Washington, D.C., to pursue careers in public service, and hundreds of Aspin Center alumni are working on Capitol Hill or in other positions at national, state, or local levels.

If you are interested in learning more, please consider completing the brief interest survey here: Aspin/Kleczka Internship Program Interest Survey.

I invite you to be a part of a thriving community of students and alumni working to "Be the Difference" in our local, national, and international communities!

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          Paul Nolette, J.D., Ph.D.

  Director of the Les Aspin Center for Government