The German Budestag serves as the legislative branch for the German government. It is responsible for government scrutiny, the federal budget, and deployment of the Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces). Budestag interns will have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures and to spend time in Kiel and at the CAU University in Kiel, Germany as part of a prestigious University of Utah and Kiel exchange. 


Interns may assist in daily office operations, research, write press releases, respond to constituent mail, monitor and document political news coverage, assist in preparation and carry out of press conferences, screen media relations for the various political parties, assist with campaign work, and support other tasks needed for the general effort of the political parties. 



Fluent German. 


Interns will be responsible for finding housing, but the Program Manager and host office will provide assistance.   


Costs include:
        Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses: $5000 - $7000
        University of Utah Tuition
        Academic Fee: $300



International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Courtney McBeth to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.