The Hinckley Institute boasts one of the nation’s longest-standing Washington, DC, internship programs, dating back to 1965. 

We provide more than 100 students annually with full-time, paid internships in a variety of government institutions, public advocacy groups, and media/consulting firms.

Hinckley interns are provided internship scholarships to cover expenses (if internship is unpaid), subsidized housing in central DC apartments, and up to 12 hours of academic credit.

It is too good an opportunity to miss!

Application Deadlines

Summer 2018

Congressional Priority: January 15, 2018

            Final Deadline:            January 22, 2018

Fall 2018

Congressional Priority: March 15, 2018

Final Deadline: March 22, 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.

Hinckley Internship DC Host Offices

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Common Questions


No. Hinckley Internships are open to students of all majors. 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. 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 DC Program Manager, Gina Shipley (gina.shipley@hinckley.utah.edu), as soon as possible.


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.


The Hinckley Institute of Politics seeks to send undergraduate students who have a high GPA and demonstrate independence, maturity, and responsibility. The summer DC semester is by far the most competitive (the average grade point average is a high 3.7).  We also typically reserve DC internships for sophomores through seniors, except for Hinckley-Honors Track students.


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



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 participate.  Accordingly, the Hinckley interest guarantees students a nationally-leading MINIMUM scholarship of  approximately $850/month to cover living expenses if their internship is unpaid. In addition, the Hinckley Institute heavily subsidizes housing costs. (Total rent cost is $800/month, the HIP covers $400/month and pays for utilities; students pay $400/month). Subsidized housing is available at Park Place Apartments for only $400/month. The apartments are located at 850 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20011. 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. Access 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 undergraduate students. The Bill Rishel Loan is low interest and students do not begin paying back the loan until after graduation.

Pay Rent

Hinckley interns living in Washington, D.C. can now pay their rent online. Click on the buttons below to access the payment portal.

Cleaning Deposit

Students can pay cleaning deposits online. Click the button below to access the payment portal.

DC 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.

* = Must apply through Hinckley Institute AND listed host office. 

My DC internship with ACLU offered a unique and fantastic opportunity to spark an acceleration of one’s pathway to life and exploration. In my eyes it is utterly the most beneficial learning experience that I have gotten from what has already been a fantastic education at the University of Utah. Take advantage and enjoy!
— Kyle Rehn: Economics Major
Interning with the Becket Fund in D.C was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Being able to play a role in the fight for religious liberty, meeting brilliant individuals from all over the world, and stepping outside of my comfort zone while living in the nation’s capital was an experience I will never forget.
— Hans Liu: International Studies and History Major
My internship with Health and Human Services in DC went from being a positive experience that had the potential to beef-up my resume to a potentially life changing experience that may have implications for the rest of my career.
— Matthew Jensen: Pre-Med Student

The Hinckley Institute boasts one of the nation’s longest-standing Washington, DC, internship programs, dating back to 1965. 

We provide more than 100 students annually with full-time, paid internships in a variety of government institutions, public advocacy groups, and media/consulting firms.

Hinckley interns are provided internship scholarships to cover expenses (if the host office does not pay the intern), subsidized housing in central DC apartments, and up to 12 hours of academic credit.


 Students may fly into Reagan National Airport, Dulles Airport, or BWI Airport.  Ground transportation into Washington is available from Dulles and BWI.   You may take a bus from Dulles; Amtrak or Super Shuttle from BWI.  You may take the metro from Reagan National; it is conveniently located at a Metro stop. 


There are multiple Metro pass options to purchase.  It is often cheaper to purchase a weekly pass than having to pay for every trip individually. Visit the Metro website for a complete listing of Metro fares and pass options. Embark, DC, is a great app that you can download free.


Renter's Insurance

Students are required to purchase renters insurance in the minimum amounts of $15,000 (contents) and $100,000 (liability) for the time you are living in at the Hinckley housing in Park Place Petworth.  Personal policies in these amounts average $15.00 per month and can be bought online or over the phone.

Tuition and Fees

All Hinckley Internships are accredited. As such, students must register for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credit hours of HNKLY 4902 (undergraduate) or HNKLY 6922 (graduate). Students can also enroll in 3 credit hours of HNKLY 4922 (honors). Permission codes for enrollment will be dispersed following the placement process. 


Students can see what their tuition costs would look like by consulting the University of Utah Tuition Calculator


Students are additionally responsible for paying all fees associated with tuition— including the Hinckley Student Fee ($300). Unlike the vast majority of internship programs, the Hinckley Institute secures host office placement for most students. This is a lengthy and intensive process in which our program managers strengthen your application, "pitch" your strengths to various organizations, and arrange prospective interviews on your behalf. This fee is significantly less than other comparable programs. 


Park Place Apartments are located at 850 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011.  The apartments are located at the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station.  Apartments are fully-furnished )(including kitchen basics) two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with kitchen, family room, and laundry. These apartments are heavily subsidized by the Hinckley Institute, covering the majority of rent in addition to costs associated with lease negotiations, furnishing, utilities (including internet), and other administrative costs.  

Each student pays $400.00/month. Typically, four student share each apartment. However, this varies based on the number of students enrolled in the program each semester

State Department

Several Hinckley interns wish to work with the U.S. State Department for their Hinckley Internship. However, due to the varied time it takes for security clearances to go through for students, the Hinckley cannot guarantee you a space in housing, especially in summer semester.  

Living Expenses

Students should be prepared to cover their living expenses both in DC and at home (rent, car payments, etc.). Please consult the Internship Cost Calculator to develop a realistic understanding of the cost of a DC internship. Be aware that the cost of living varies across the country and is particularly high in Washington, DC. 


The Hinckley Institute internship program is unique and nationally recognized because we provide the financial means for all students to intern in DC. All DC interns who secured their internship through the Hinckley Institute are fortunate to receive at least an $850 per month scholarship (taxes may be taken out at some internships) if their host office does not pay. 

Internships are funded three ways: some are entirely funded by the HIP, some are funded by both the HIP and the internship host, and others are entirely funded by the internship host.  Those receiving money from HIP will get the scholarship check, minus $400/month for rent.  

Academic Requirements

While internships provide students with a professional application of concepts they learn in their classrooms, they are also required to complete the Hinckley Internship's academic requirements. Global interns must complete five assignments during their internship, submit weekly check-ins, and write a policy paper at the culmination of their internship. Please consult the Hinckley syllabus to familiarize yourself with the academic requirements.

Orientation and Training

All DC interns are required to attend a mandatory internship orientation and training where we will discuss professionalism, safety and health, life in DC, and academic requirements. 

Additionally, once students return from their internship they are required to attend both a post-internship training.