The Hinckley Institute boasts one of the nation’s longest-standing Washington, DC, internship programs, dating back to 1965.
We provide more than 100 students annually with full-time, paid internships in a variety of government institutions, public advocacy groups, and media/consulting firms.
Hinckley interns are provided internship scholarships to cover expenses (if the host office does not pay the intern), subsidized housing in central DC apartments, and up to 12 hours of academic credit.
Students may fly into Reagan National Airport, Dulles Airport, or BWI Airport. Ground transportation into Washington is available from Dulles and BWI. You may take a bus from Dulles; Amtrak or Super Shuttle from BWI. You may take the metro from Reagan National; it is conveniently located at a Metro stop.
There are multiple Metro pass options to purchase. It is often cheaper to purchase a weekly pass than having to pay for every trip individually. Visit the Metro website for a complete listing of Metro fares and pass options. Embark, DC, is a great app that you can download free.
Students are required to purchase renters insurance in the minimum amounts of $15,000 (contents) and $100,000 (liability) for the time you are living in at the Hinckley housing in Park Place Petworth. Personal policies in these amounts average $15.00 per month and can be bought online or over the phone.
Tuition and Fees
All Hinckley Internships are accredited. As such, students must register for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credit hours of HNKLY 4902 (undergraduate) or HNKLY 6922 (graduate). Students can also enroll in 3 credit hours of HNKLY 4922 (honors). Permission codes for enrollment will be dispersed following the placement process.
Students can see what their tuition costs would look like by consulting the University of Utah Tuition Calculator.
Students are additionally responsible for paying all fees associated with tuition— including the Hinckley Student Fee ($300). Unlike the vast majority of internship programs, the Hinckley Institute secures host office placement for most students. This is a lengthy and intensive process in which our program managers strengthen your application, "pitch" your strengths to various organizations, and arrange prospective interviews on your behalf. This fee is significantly less than other comparable programs.
Park Place Apartments are located at 850 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011. The apartments are located at the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station. Apartments are fully-furnished )(including kitchen basics) two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with kitchen, family room, and laundry. These apartments are heavily subsidized by the Hinckley Institute, covering the majority of rent in addition to costs associated with lease negotiations, furnishing, utilities (including internet), and other administrative costs.
Each student pays $400.00/month. Typically, four student share each apartment. However, this varies based on the number of students enrolled in the program each semester
Several Hinckley interns wish to work with the U.S. State Department for their Hinckley Internship. However, due to the varied time it takes for security clearances to go through for students, the Hinckley cannot guarantee you a space in housing, especially in summer semester.
Students should be prepared to cover their living expenses both in DC and at home (rent, car payments, etc.). Please consult the Internship Cost Calculator to develop a realistic understanding of the cost of a DC internship. Be aware that the cost of living varies across the country and is particularly high in Washington, DC.
The Hinckley Institute internship program is unique and nationally recognized because we provide the financial means for all students to intern in DC. All DC interns who secured their internship through the Hinckley Institute are fortunate to receive at least an $850 per month scholarship (taxes may be taken out at some internships) if their host office does not pay.
Internships are funded three ways: some are entirely funded by the HIP, some are funded by both the HIP and the internship host, and others are entirely funded by the internship host. Those receiving money from HIP will get the scholarship check, minus $400/month for rent.
While internships provide students with a professional application of concepts they learn in their classrooms, they are also required to complete the Hinckley Internship's academic requirements. Global interns must complete five assignments during their internship, submit weekly check-ins, and write a policy paper at the culmination of their internship. Please consult the Hinckley syllabus to familiarize yourself with the academic requirements.
Orientation and Training
All DC interns are required to attend a mandatory internship orientation and training where we will discuss professionalism, safety and health, life in DC, and academic requirements.
Additionally, once students return from their internship they are required to attend both a post-internship training.