Each spring, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation accepts applications for scholarships to help offset expenses while furthering academic and career goals through a summer internship. In addition to the stipend, we provide each scholar with 1-2 mentors in her field of interest, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities.

Guidelines and Policies

Important dates and deadlines

February 1, 2018  Begin accepting all applications

Graduate Public Service

March 28, 2018, 11:59 PM, EST: Graduate Public Service Scholarship applications are due
April 21-22, 2018: Graduate Interviews (by phone)
April 25, 2018: Graduate Notifications


April 4, 2018, 11:59 PM, EST: STEM Scholarship applications are due
April 28-29, 2018: STEM Interviews (by phone)
May 2, 2018: STEM Notifications

Undergraduate Public Service

April 11, 2018, 11:59 PM, EST: Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship applications are due
May 5-6, 2018: Undergraduate Interviews (by phone)
May 9, 2018: Undergraduate Notifications

What are the main eligibility criteria for the internship scholarships?

The internship scholarship will be awarded to the woman who best embodies the mission and values of the Foundation. She will be a socially responsible, progressive and driven woman of high academic and moral caliber. Strong applicants will have previous roles in leadership positions and volunteer organizations. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly dedicated to reaching applicants from a broad spectrum of qualified people. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

All scholarships are awarded to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  1. Female or identifies as female
  2. For either Undergraduate Public Service or STEM scholarships: entering Junior or Senior year of college following internship OR a recent graduate (graduated no more than 10 months from the application deadline). For the Graduate Public Service Scholarship, applicants must be attending or just graduated from a graduate school (masters or doctorate, including law school) program. There is no age requirement.
  3. Applied or accepted to an internship meeting individual internship criteria (see internships description pages). All internships must be at least 30 hours per week.
  4. Commencing internship on or after May 1st and completing internship no later than September 30th of the same year. Internship duration must be between 5 and 12 weeks.

Please see each specific internship’s page for complete details and descriptions.

Am I eligible if my internship involves international travel?

As long as the majority of your time is spent in the United States, yes, you are eligible. At this time we are not able to support international internships.

Am I eligible if I am not a U.S. citizen?


The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly dedicated to reaching applicants from a broad spectrum of qualified people. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

What is your definition of “public service?”

Generally, we describe public service internships as focusing on government, public service, non-profit endeavors, and/or women’s rights. Frankly, we’re more interested in YOUR definition of public service! If it serves other people, the community, or the world, we would say it probably counts. As long as you can give an articulate and well-reasoned explanation for why your field or internship is a type of public service, we will consider it.

What is expected of me as a scholarship recipient?

As a B.A. Rudolph Foundation Scholar, you will conduct yourself in a positive and professional manner at all times when representing the organization.

Immediately after acceptance, all scholars must complete a Travel and Emergency Contact Form, and submit a short (one paragraph) biography and photo. Events and professional development workshops will be scheduled throughout the summer, most of which are optionalbut all of which are strongly encouraged. These outings require timely RSVPs, which will be requested soon after acceptance. Scholars will be paired with at least one mentor and are expected to contact their mentor(s) to arrange for an informational meeting, held in-person or by phone.

At the completion of the summer, scholars must submit 1) a brief reflection on their internship experience in the form of a final project, and 2) a feedback survey on the scholarship, the Foundation, and the events in which they participated. The final project should demonstrate how the goals outlined in the scholar’s application essay were reached and the milestones they met personally and professionally during their internship. Typically, this project is a three to five page essay, but other formats (photo essay, blog, PowerPoint) will also be accepted.

Additionally, former scholars are expected to assist in promoting the B.A. Rudolph Foundation (e.g., be available for brief interviews, be willing to send outreach materials to a supervisor, employer or alma mater), and will be asked to complete a brief survey approximately once a year to update us on their professional status.

How much is a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholarship?

Each scholarship will provide $1,600 per month (4 weeks) for internships lasting between 1-6 months. To calculate the anticipated amount, take the total number of weeks your internship will last, divide by four, and multiple that by $1,600.

Why are there different deadlines for the different scholarships?

We are a small organization, and thus can only review so many applications at once. We have staggered the due dates for the scholarships to help us move through the review process effectively, and without wanting to pull our hair out.

Is the STEM scholarship available to graduate students?

Unfortunately, we are not currently offering the STEM Scholarship to graduate students. We hope to in the future, but as a small organization, we have to add programs one step at a time. You are welcome to show your support for such a scholarship by sending us a message so we will have data as we consider new programs (we LOVE data!).

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

Your letter of recommendation should be submitted by a faculty or professional supervisor familiar with the candidate’s work. Character references from friends and family are not preferred.

What is your definition of “progressive?”

The B.A. Rudolph Foundation, a progressive source of funding and other resources, aims to advance and enrich the lives of women through funding and other resources. As a progressive organization, we value freedom of choice, opportunity for all, respect to all, and cooperation among all in a complex world that requires multi-faceted solutions. We support individuals and organizations those who share these same values.

Housing and Transportation in the D.C. area

Where should I live?

How do I get to D.C.?

Scholars are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Washington, D.C. There are three major airports, an Amtrak train station, and a bus station that service the city:

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest and most convenient airport to D.C., located three miles to the south in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River. To get to D.C. from the airport you can take the Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines; The trip to downtown takes approximately fifteen minutes and costs approximately $2. You can also take a taxi which costs about $15 to downtown.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located 26 miles west of D.C. in Dulles, Virginia. To get to D.C. from the airport you can take the 5A Metrobus that operates between the airport and L’Enfant Plaza (Green, Yellow, Blue, and Orange Metro Lines), located a few blocks south of the National Mall. The bus makes stops in Herndon, Tysons Corner, and Rosslyn (Blue and Orange Metro Lines). It generally departs from the airport every 40 minutes on weekdays and hourly (though not on the hour) on weekends, taking 40-50 minutes to the Rosslyn Metro Station and 50-60 minutes to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. The fare is $6 one-way (no change given). The bus stops near Curb 2E outside of the terminal. You can also take the Washington Flyer Coach, which operates coach service every half hour (on :15 and :45) to and from the West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line). It takes 25 minutes and costs $10 one-way, $18 round trip. From there, the Metro to downtown takes another 20–25 minutes. Washington Flyer Taxi is the exclusive provider of taxis from the airport. A taxi trip downtown costs around $60-80 and takes about 40-60 minutes. Maggie’s preference is to take the SuperShuttle, which operates a door-to-door shared ride service to anywhere in the D.C. area. The fare to downtown D.C. is $29 for the first passenger in your party, $10 for each additional passenger. At location 1E-1D, tickets at 1G entrance. Credit cards accepted. Shuttles leave when full or 20 minutes after the first passenger bought a ticket.

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) (35.3 miles) is 30 miles northeast of D.C. and 10 miles south of downtown Baltimore, near Glen Burnie, Maryland. To get to D.C. from the airport you can take the B30 Metrobus, which operates between the airport and the Greenbelt Metro Station (Green Line). The fare is $6 one-way (no change given) and takes about 40 minutes. From there, the Metro to downtown takes another 25 minutes. The bus stops on the lower level outside terminals A (Southwest Airlines) and E (the international terminal). Or you can take the ICC Bus 201, which operates hourly service between the airport and Gaithersburg, with a stop at the Shady Grove Metro Station (Red Line). The fare is $5 one-way (no change given) and takes about 70 minutes. From there, the Metro to downtown takes another 35 minutes. The bus stops on the lower level outside terminals A (Southwest Airlines) and E (the international terminal). You can also take the MARC commuter-rail train and Amtrak operate between BWI Rail Station and Union Station, also stopping at the New Carrolton Metro Station (Orange Line). A free “Amtrak/MARC” shuttle bus runs from the airport terminal to the BWI Rail Station every 12 minutes. The journey takes 10 minutes. If you are in a rush, you can take a taxi for $8-9. MARC service to BWI is available on the “Penn” line and costs $6 one-way, but only operates on weekdays. Amtrak service starts at $13, but runs closer to $22 on weekends (when it does not have to compete with MARC). Again, the SuperShuttle is an option that operates a door-to-door shared ride service to anywhere in the D.C. area. The fare to downtown is $37 for the first passenger in your party, $12 for each additional passenger. Shuttles leave when full. Finally, Taxi service to downtown takes 60-90 minutes and costs roughly $100.

Amtrak trains and the Greyhound Bus Lines both arrive at Union Station, which also has a Metro stop for the red line.

How will I get around D.C.?

The Washington area is served by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, one of the most efficient, clean and safe transportation systems in the world (see www.wmata.com for more information). Scholars can take the metro or a bus to locations throughout the city of Washington, DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

I would strongly recommend buying a SmarTrip card ($10 cost with $5 transportation credit), which works on the Metro as well as on Metrobus, the D.C. Circulator, and many other suburban bus systems (saving you the headache of correct change and providing a discount on transfers). In addition, riders using SmarTrip get a 25¢ discount on all fares. The cards use radio-frequency technology and are used by simply touching the SmarTrip to a target on the fare gate. SmarTrip cards can be bought online, at Metro stations with parking, and at all D.C.-area CVS stores.

One flaw, though, is irregularity of service caused primarily by near-constant weekend track maintenance and periodic breakdowns following a major collision in June 2009. Delays can reach up to 30 minutes without a clear indication of the next train arrival. The Metro also attracts very large crowds during major public events; expect jam-packed stations and trains on July 4 and during any major gathering on the Mall.

Another is that fares fluctuate wildly depending on the day (weekday or weekend), the time of day, and the distance of the trip. Scholars should budget approximately $20-$30 per week, though costs will vary depending on their commute. All internship sites are accessible via public transportation.

Metro Tips:

  • The farecards are needed to both enter and exit the system.
  • Remember that absolutely no food or drink is allowed on trains or in stations. If you are carrying food/beverages, keep them closed and in a bag.
  • Rider etiquette: Try not to obstruct train doors when passengers are leaving the train; Keep belongings off of the seats; When using escalators in stations, stand on the right, and leave the left side free for those who want to pass.
  • Metro train doors do not auto-retract like elevator doors, they will close on you if you try to enter after the warning bell. It’s normally a better idea to wait for the next train than to attempt boarding at the last second. Do not try to block the doors or force them open; this often breaks the doors and forces the operator to take the entire car out of service.

Besides Metro, there is also an extensive bus system in DC. Metrobus has hundreds of routes throughout the greater capital region. It’s geared towards commuters and is not visitor-friendly as there is no central terminal, most stops do not show the route map, and routes take convoluted trips through residential neighborhoods. Nevertheless, Metrobus will take you places hard to reach via Metro or the Circulator, and can be a really convenient, comfortable way to travel if you know which bus to take. WMATA’s website publishes maps and timetables for all individual routes, as well as system maps for its routes in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Most routes cost a flat fare of $1.70 ($1.50 with SmarTrip card). There is also the tourist-friendly D.C. Circulator buses are akin to shuttles since they operate on a predictable fixed route and schedule, and run principally between main attractions and the city’s most popular neighborhoods for visitors. All D.C. Circulator routes run every ten minutes and cost $1. There are currently five, separate routes.

Finally, there is the relatively new Capital Bikeshare network, which has over 1,100 bicycles available at more than 100 stations across the entire city. Visitors may use the service for $7/day or $15 for 3 days, payable by using a credit card at the automated kiosks attached to every Capital Bikeshare station. The daily pass allows for an unlimited number of one-way trips—there’s no need to return a bike to the same station where you got it! However, the service has heavy usage fees after the first half-hour, which escalate from $2-8 per half hour. This is intentional to encourage people to use the system for short place-to-place trips. If you plan on using a bike for an extended period, it is best to simply rent a bike from a local shop.

Should I bring my car?

Scholars are discouraged from bringing their cars. Parking is not available on most university campuses and parking on the street is limited to two hours for non-residents of the city. Summer and short-term students are not eligible for resident parking stickers.

Living in D.C.

What’s it like to live in D.C.?

Washington is a fun city that is world-famous for its history, architecture and world-class cultural attractions. Besides numerous monuments and landmarks, Washington is home to more than 90 museums and public galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The Smithsonian comprises 19 museums including and the National Zoo, and are all free to the public. With its vibrant theater and music scene, Washington is second only to New York in number of public performances of the arts. For more information it’s highly recommended that scholars peruse the Washington Post’s resource for students in the city. There are tons of things to do for free, if you can’t find something to do on any given day you aren’t trying hard enough.

What’s the weather like in D.C.?

Washington summers are hot, muggy, and humid, and afternoon thunderstorms are very common. The average high temperature is 84 degrees (29 Celsius) in June, 89 degrees (31 Celsius) in July and 87 degrees (31 Celsius) in August. Maggie has found that the most accurate weather forecast is the Capital Weather Gang, a daily blog on the Washington Post’s website.

Washington City Layout

The city is split into four quadrants of unequal size, which radiate out from the Capitol Building: Northwest (NW), Northeast (NE), Southeast (SE), and Southwest (SW). The NW quadrant is by far the largest and SW the smallest. Addresses in the city always include the quadrant abbreviation, e.g., 1000 H Street NE. Take note of the quadrant, otherwise you may find yourself on the exact opposite side of town from your destination!

City streets are generally laid out in a grid, with east-west streets primarily named with letters (A–W) and north-south streets named with numbers. Complicating the grid are the numerous diagonal avenues, many named after states, that serve as the city’s principal arteries. The street numbers and letters increase with distance from the Capitol.

Curious to note, visitors to Washington will quickly discover that there is no “J” St.

Internship Questions

What should I expect to do at my internship?

Intern responsibilities vary, but all include substantive work, such as conducting research, coordinating events, managing databases, covering congressional hearings, fundraising, participating in direct service, and writing for newsletters or other publications. Scholars should expect clerical duties as well, such as filing, answering phones, database management or photocopying.

How should I dress?

Washington is a conservative city when it comes to attire, so scholars should expect to dress professionally. While dress codes vary from office to office, typically men wear coats and ties, while women wear pantsuits, dresses, skirts, or dressy slacks. It is encouraged that they contact their internship supervisors for information on the office-specific dress code.