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My experience with a Hinckley Internship was incredible, it allowed me to take the knowledge I learn in classes and apply it to my true interests and build connections for future jobs!
-Hinckley Intern Rosalie Staes



Spring 2014 Semester:

Sept. 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

Summer 2014 Semester:

Jan. 10, 2014, 4:00 PM

Fall 2014 Semester: 

June 16, 2014, 4:00 PM

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The Hinckley Institute of Politics sends approximately 130 students each year to a wide variety of campaign, government, and non-profit organizations in the Salt Lake City area. Students must register for at least three hours of course credit to participate. Internships are available all semesters and open to students of all majors.

Once you are placed in an office, you will work with your supervisor to arrange a work schedule. Most host offices are flexible with scheduling and understand that students are juggling a class and work schedule.  We recommend you arrange your schedule so that you are interning for four-to-six-hours blocks several days per week.


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


Hinckley interns play important roles in local election campaigns, and the Hinckley Institute offers a Minor in Campaign Management to enhance the campaign experience. Hinckley Interns have served as campaign managers, scheduling coordinators, and volunteer supervisors for races in Utah. Campaigns allow Hinckley Interns to gain experience and participate in the political process. The Hinckley Institute of Politics has placed interns with gubernatorial, legislative, congressional, county, and municipal election candidates.


Campaign internships vary by semester. Please contact the Hinckley Institute to see what election campaigns are hosting interns.


Students doing a local internship are invited to apply for a Dan Jones Future Leaders, Margaret Rampton, Pete Suazo, and Todd Taylor Local Internship scholarships.  Scholarships are limited in number; students must apply to be considered.  Interns will receive scholarship funds after internship has been completed.  Applications are generally due the last day of classes of each semester.

Most campaigns are unpaid, however students working on select Democratic campaigns may get a scholarship through the Karen Shepherd Fund.


To be eligible for 3 credit hours of HNKLY 4900 credit you must intern 10-15 hours per week (approximately 140 total hours) and submit a final research paper 4 pages long. To be eligible for 6 credit hours of HNKLY 4900 credit you must intern 20-25 hours per week (approximately 280 total hours) and submit a final research paper 8 pages long.


Complete the online application. You will be required to upload:

  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter (explaining why you feel this experience will benefit your academic and career pursuits).
  • Writing Sample (4-5 pages from a research paper on any topic).
  • 2-4 Letters of Recommendation (with at least one coming from a professor and past employer).
  • Official University of Utah Transcript obtained from the Registrars Office (250 SSB)–can be scanned by you.


American Cancer Society

Providing programs aimed at reducing the risk of cancer, detecting cancer as early as possible, ensuring proper treatment, and empowering people facing cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life.

CHOICE Humanitarian

CHOICE Humanitarian is ending poverty by focusing on sustainable village development. Our goal is to connect motivated villages to resources and tools to change their lives.

Communites United

Provided assistance to and support for over 150,000 members of the immigrant and refugee community.

Constitutional Principles Policy Council

At the national level, and absent all partisanship, Constitutional Principles Policy Council is dedicated to returning government to the principles of its framers.

Eagle Condor

Eagle Condor Humanitarian is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to bridging cultures to enrich the lives of children and families through opportunities for self-reliance.

Glen Canyon Institute

Nonprofit organization with the mission of restoring a healthy Colorado River through Glen Canyon.

Utah Foundation

A nonpartisan think-tank that focuses on state and local public policy issues.

Global Pathways

Global Pathways works in partnership with a selection of UK and U.S. universities to provide admission, counselling, degree preparation programs, and on-campus support to international students. Since 2006 Kaplan International Higher Education has helped over 10,000 international students gain entry in to undergraduate and graduate degree courses at many UK and U.S. universities.

International Rescue Committee

Provides relief, respect and renewal to refugees and victims of armed conflict around the world.

March of Dimes

Dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

Global Poverty Project

Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization working towards the end of extreme poverty by 2030.

*UU Global Health Alliance Internship offers international internship in Ghana, Africa or Hainan, China the spring semester after a fall internship in SLC.

Utah Rivers Council

The Utah Rivers Council protects Utah’s rivers and clean water sources for today’s citizens, future generations, and wildlife.


American Civil Liberties Union

Nonprofit and nonpartisan civil liberty activists.

Coalition for People with Disabilities

Advocates for public policy affecting all people in Utah who have disabilities.

Common Cause (campaign finance)

Nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Crossroads Urban Center

We help organize low income, disabled, and minority Utahns be advocates on their own behalf.

Disability Law Center

Protection and Advocacy agency for the state of Utah to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Utah.


Full-service communications consulting and public relations firm with special emphasis on public agencies and public policy.

Digital Learning Alliance

Advocate for personalized education through the use of digital learning technologies.

And Justice for All

Committed to increasing access to civil legal services for the disadvantaged and those with disabilities.

Planned Parenthood

Seeks to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual.

Equality Utah

Leads efforts for LGBT civil rights at the state and local levels through a range of strategies.

Breathe Utah

Addresses the root causes of air pollution in Utah by engaging affected local communities, creating partnerships, and fostering collaboration.

Utah Children

A child advocacy organization that speaks out on behalf of the children of Utah.

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

An organization dedicating to the promotion of global understanding and respect between the people of Utah and other nations.

Utah Health Policy Project

UHPP is a resource for the public, community leaders, businesses, health care providers and policy makers interested in strengthening the health care system while working to develop visionary and systemic solutions to the crisis of the uninsured and rising health care costs.

Utah Legal Services

Free civil legal aid programs for individuals and families dealing with poverty, violence in the home, disability, discrimination and other issues.

Utahns Against Hunger

Works to eliminate hunger in Utah

Utah Cultural Alliance

Serves and strengthens the cultural community through advocacy, member services and networking.

Utah Public Employees Association

Advocacy group for state and local government employees.



The power of public television to engage your mind and enrich your life.

KCPW Public Radio

KCPW public radio, 88.3 FM and 105.3 FM serves the greater Salt Lake Metropolitan area, with local, national and international news and information 24 hours a day.

KUER Radio Station (NPR)

KUER is a non-commercial public radio station licensed to the University of Utah.


Please contact the Hinckley Institute to see what election campaigns are hosting interns.

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