Join the NGA team

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) are highly committed to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest individuals to help us achieve our goal of working with governors to share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

NGA and the NGA Center, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, offer many opportunities to be part of our outstanding team. We are one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations and a great place to work. Exciting career opportunities are available in a variety of legislative, public policy, technical and administrative positions, as well as a limited number of paid and unpaid internships.

NGA and the NGA Center offer a competitive benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities. Please take a moment to learn more about our current job openings by visiting Current Job Openings. Thank you for your interest in employment with NGA. We hope to welcome you to the team.

E-Verify program

NGA and the NGA Center participate in the E-Verify program. The E-Verify program is an Internet-based eligibility verification system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please click on the links below to view important notices about the E-Verify program.


During the summer and fall, NGA and the NGA Center offer many internship opportunities to be a part of our dynamic team.  An internship is a professional work assignment that allows undergraduate and graduate students to combine classroom education with practical work experience.  All interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.  Most internships are 12-week programs. Please visit Current Job Openings to see available positions.

NGA Scholars

Why Intern at NGA?

The NGA Scholars Program is the National Governors Association’s 11-week, paid, summer internship program.  As an NGA scholar, you will be a part of a cohort of scholars from around the country who will promote the mission and values of NGA.  The program is both highly competitive and rigorous, and it allows scholars to help states find innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our nation. NGA scholars have the opportunity to work in various divisions across the organization.

  • Center for Best Practices
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Environment, Energy & Transportation
  • Government Relations
  • Health
  • Homeland Security & Public Safety
  • Management Consulting & Training
  • Meeting Management

Our NGA Scholars program is unique with the work and meetings that our scholars participate in and our scholars are paid during the 11 weeks that they are here in Washington DC.

The NGA Scholars program is based in Washington DC, just steps away from Capitol Hill. Scholars will be a part of a team that solves problems and works on behalf of governors across the country; they will be assigned impactful projects and achieve measured results.  There are also opportunities for scholars to experience DC through possible tours of the White House, Capitol, C-Span, Politico and other institutions around the district.

Launch your career at NGA: Summer 2019 openings will be posted in the fall of 2018! 

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