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Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Internship Program

2020 STJ Summer Internship Postponed Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Stephanie Tubbs Jones (STJ) Summer Internship is postponed. Students who applied for the summer 2020 opportunity will be considered for the summer 2021 STJ internship. DREF sponsors the internship in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. The current health crisis precluded students from having the opportunity to experience the traditional eight-week stay in the nation’s capital, where they would be assigned to work in a congressional office. Please direct any questions to Deborah Peaks Coleman at



The Stephanie Tubbs Jones (STJ) Summer Internship Program for minority women is a collaboration between the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) Internship Program.

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation established the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Institute for Social Justice in 2008 under its Center for Research on African American Women to perpetuate the extraordinary life, leadership, and legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. member Congresswoman Tubbs Jones.

Established in 1986, the CBCF Congressional Internship Program answered the call to help diversify our democracy by increasing the pool of talented public servants. This intensive nine-week summer program offers the opportunity for college students from across the nation to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in policy making. Interns work in CBC member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. The program prepares young people to become informed decision makers and influential leaders who shape our world.

The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Intern will also attend select programs and events sponsored by DREF in addition to full participation in the CBCF Congressional Internship Program.

Due to the height of competitive applications received, all completed applications submitted will be reviewed by DREF’s selection committee.


  • A $3,000 stipend
  • Room and board at a local university
  • Interns may be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program


  • U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S.
  • Currently or recently enrolled in college full-time when applying for program
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and policy-making process

Selection Process

The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Intern is selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Solid scholastic achievement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Community service contributions
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Quality of the application and, in some instances, interview performance 

Applications for summer 2021 will be available in November 2020. 

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