Graduate Internships

Master of Public Administration student Katie Naylor interning in New Delhi.

“It is so much more fulfilling for me to know that all of my work is going towards something that will make the world just a little bit better, rather than focus on profit as the only bottom line.”

-Masters of Public Policy student Katie Naylor interning in New Delhi.

The Hinckley Institute has partnered with the University of Utah’s Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs & Global Enterprise (MIAGE), Master of Social Work (MSW), as well as the S.J. Quinney College of Law programs to place students in competitive graduate-level internships locally, abroad, and in Washington, D.C. Law students can now participate in Hinckley internships internationally and in the nation’s capital through the S.J. Quinney College of Law Clinical Program.

To be eligible for graduate internships through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, applicants must be current students in good standing in one of these participating graduate programs” or have the approval of the academic advisor of another graduate program” and must meet each program’s specific GPA and completed credits requirements at the time of application. Hinckley Institute staff members coordinate with the graduate programs on internship applications and placements.

Graduate students register for the corresponding HNKLY graduate internship credit (6910, 6911, or 6912) to be eligible to participate in the internship. Individual programs and departments determine according to their criteria and standards if and how the internship credit will be applied to students’ graduate coursework and requirements.

General Information & Costs

  • To be eligible for graduate internships through The Hinckley Institute of Politics, applicants must be current students in good-standing in one of the five participating graduate programs and must meet each program’s specific GPA and completed credits requirements at the time of application.
  • Most university-run Washington, DC, internship programs charge students thousands of dollars to participate in their programs. The Hinckley Institute, however, has created a program where a student’s financial status should not inhibit his or her ability to serve.  Accordingly, the Hinckley interest guarantees students a national leading MINIMUM scholarship of  approximately $850/month to cover living expenses.
  • In addition, the Hinckley Institute heavily subsidizes housing costs. (Total rent cost is $800/month, the HIP covers $400/month and charges the student $400/month). The subsidized housing is available at Park Place apartments for only $400/month. Four to five students share a two-bedroom, furnished apartment. Occasionally, the Hinckley Institute allows non-University of Utah students to stay in the student apartments for $800/month. All students are required to put down a non-refundable $100 down payment before they occupy the apartments, which will be applied towards their rent.
  • Students should understand the costs associated with a DC internship and budget accordingly. Review the  DC internship calculator to help you budget costs.
  • Students are also eligible to apply for the Bill Rishel Loan which offers up to $2,500 a year to students. The Bill Rishel Loan is low interest and students don’t begin paying back the loan until after graduation.
  • Students MUST register for graduate internship credit.
  • See course listings for applicable tuition costs and program fees.

Application Process

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014 semester internships. Apply now.