OVERVIEW

The Hinckley Institute sends approximately 150 students each year to the most prestigious organizations in the Salt Lake City area. 

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 2017

October 30, 2016

Summer 2017

January 23, 2017


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.

We place interns with gubernatorial, legislative, congressional, county, and municipal election candidates.

We place interns with gubernatorial, legislative, congressional, county, and municipal election candidates.

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


A sample of our local internship host offices can be found below. 








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Elections Campaigns

  • The Hinckley Institute offers internships on campaigns at the local, state and federal level. 


My experience with a local 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!
— Rosalie Staes: Business Major

The Hinckley Institute is amazing and so is all of the staff. I would recommend to every college student, regardless of their major, to participate in some way during their education.
— Anonymous