Common Questions


IS IT LIMITED TO POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS?

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.

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 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.

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