Overview

The Hinckley Institute sends approximately 150 students each year to the most prestigious organizations on the Wasatch Front. 

Students must register for at least three hours of course credit to participate. HNKLY classes are subject to standard tuition rates.  Students can calculate their tuition costs here.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring 2018

October 22, 2017

Summer 2018

February 15, 2018

Fall 2018

May 15, 2018

* Please note that you may only apply to one program (global, DC, or local) per semester. Please meet with us if you need help choosing which program is best for you.


Students can work in government offices, non-profit organizations, businesses, law firms,  media entities, and more.

Students can work in government offices, non-profit organizations, businesses, law firms,  media entities, and more.

A full-time internship program with members of the Utah Legislature and lobbyists during the spring semester.

A full-time internship program with members of the Utah Legislature and lobbyists during the spring semester.

We support students who set up external internships with credit as long as it complies with our requirements. 

We support students who set up external internships with credit as long as it complies with our requirements. 

Common Questions


HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU NEED TO INTERN PER WEEK?

Credit HoursRequired Internship Hours Per Week
3At least 10 hours
6At least 20 hours

HOW MUCH IS TUITION?

Students must register for at least three hours of course credit to participate. HNKLY classes are subject to standard tuition rates.  Students can calculate their tuition costs here.

IS IT LIMITED TO POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS?

No. Hinckley Internships are open to students of all majors and disciplines. Indeed, we place just as many non-political science students as we do political science students. Click here to see all of our internships listed by major/discipline. We also encourage students to secure your own internships. If it meets our bylaws, we can secure you credit and possibly funding and housing as well. After you fill out the form, set up an appointment with our local program coordinator Dr. Morgan Lyon Cotti, as soon as possible.

 

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

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 Registrar’s Office (250 SSB)–you can scan yourself.

 

HOW COMPETITIVE IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

The Hinckley Institute of Politics seeks to send undergraduate students who demonstrate independence, maturity, and responsibility.

 

WHY IS THERE A $300 COURSE FEE?

Unlike the vast majority of internship programs, the Hinckley Institute secures host office placement for students. This is a lengthy and intensive process requiring our program managers to strengthen your application, "pitch" your strengths to various organizations, as well as arrange prospective interviews on your behalf. The fee also goes towards intern business cards, the food provided at the internship orientation, mid-semester meetings, and post-internship training

Local Internship Opportunities

These links will direct you to the website of the respective office. Please explore their website to learn more about the organization. If you have questions about an internship description for a specific office, please contact the Hinckley institute.

In general, Hinckley Interns perform research, assist with event planning and execution, conduct analytical writing, and participate in various other tasks in an office setting.








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“My Hinckley Internship has meant the world to me. I’ve learned how to be a leader among my peers in a political arena.”
— Saren Winter

My legislative internship has combined everything that I love into one neat little package. It has solidified my desire to go into economics and public policy.
— Christian Mickelsen