Internship Overview


Opportunities for All Students

A Hinckley internship is a unique academic opportunity that allows students of all majors to step out of the classroom and gain real-world experience. The Hinckley Institute of Politics places more than 300 students every year in local, state, national, and global internships. Not a political science major?  Not a problem. Click here to view host offices by major.

We also offer graduate-level internships. The S. J. Quinney College of Law as well as the University of Utah’s Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of International Affairs & Global Enterprise (MIAGE), and Master of Political Science (MPS) programs have already partnered with the Hinckley Institute of Politics and we are expanding each year. To find out more, click here.


In order to complete a Hinckley internship, you must be a registered student at the University of Utah with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who graduate from the University of Utah are also eligible to complete a Hinckley internship during the semester following graduation (or in the fall if they graduated in the spring), but they are still required to register for academic credit for their internship.

State Legislature

Intensive, full-time internships with members of the Utah Legislature and lobbyists are offered during the spring semester. Students register for 12 academic credit hours and earn a $2,400 stipend. For more information, click here.

Local & Campaigns

Part-time internships available in government offices, campaigns, non-profits, and businesses in Utah; students register for 3-6 academic credit hours for approximately 10-20 hours of interning per week, respectively. For more information, click here.

DC & NYC Internships

Full-time, paid internships with government institutions, public policy organizations, advocacy groups, and media and consulting firms; students register for 3-12 academic credit hours. Subsidized housing is available in central DC apartments where approximately 30 Hinckley Interns live together. For more information, click here.

Capital Encounter

One-week “crash course” in national politics held in Washington, DC, in May; offered to students unable to serve a regular, semester-long internship. Students register for 3 academic credit hours and receive financial assistance. For more information, click here.

Global Internships

Full-time internships in government offices, public policy institutes, NGOs, and businesses across 36 countries. Students register for 3-12 academic credit hours and can apply for significant scholarship money to cover expenses. For more information, click here.

Set up Your Own

If you want to pursue or have already set up your own internship, you may submit a proposal to the Hinckley Institute to receive academic credit and/or institutional support. For more information, click here.

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