Washington, DC, Internships





“The Hinckley Washington, DC, internship offers 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, ACLU, Spring 2011


Spring 2014 Semester:

Sept. 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

Summer 2014 Semester:

Jan. 10, 2014, 4:00 PM

Fall 2014 Semester: 

May 16, 2014, 4:00 PM

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The Hinckley Institute boasts one of the nation’s longest-standing Washington, DC, internship programs in the nation, 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 and consulting firms. Hinckley interns are provided internship scholarships to cover expenses, subsidized housing in central DC apartments, and up to 12 hours of academic credit.


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. In addition, the Hinckley Institute heavily subsidizes housing costs. (Total rent cost is $800/month, the HIP covers $400/month and charges the student $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.


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, 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.


American Civil Liberties Union

Protects civil liberties of individuals, organizations.


Strengthens ties between Americans and peoples of the Middle East.

Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)

BIPAC enables more effective business participation in the political process by offering a wide range of tools and strategies to help corporations and associations reach their public policy goals.

Bockorny Group

Bi-partisan consulting firm.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, P.C.

This is one of the most widely recognized law and policy firms in the western U.S. and a political powerhouse.

The Campaign Legal Center

Lobbying for campaign finance and media reform

The Caring Institute

A Nonprofit organization founded to honor and promote the values of caring, integrity and public service.

Committee for Education Funding

Coalition supporting increased education funding

Common Cause

Nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization

The Dershowitz Group

A strategic services and public relations firm.

Dutko Worldwide

Bi-partisan public policy management firm.


A government relations for international medical device company.

Genocide Intervention Network

The Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.

The Heritage Foundation

A conservative policy analysis and research center for partisan internships

The International Institute for Strategic Studies

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading authority on political-military conflict.

Medical Care Development, Intl.

Organization dedicated to improving world health.

Mendez England & Associates

Mendez specializes in international consulting for various non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Mickey Ibarra & Associates

A government and public affairs firm.

The Mitchell Group

International consulting for government agencies.

Molly Allen & Associates

Public relations and lobbying firm.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

The nation’s largest trade association representing the interests of home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations.

National Council on US Arab Relations

American non-profit educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world.

National Education Association

Lobbying to improve the quality of education.PaL-Tech, Inc.

PaL-Tech, Inc.

International consulting & multimedia services.

R&R Partners

Public relations and lobbying firm.


Researches health and social issues.

Save the Children

Seeks to aid children throughout the world.

Sierra Club

The Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Simon & Company

Municipal and county government issues.

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Lobbying for wilderness issues affecting Southern Utah.

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Unites city governments to lobby for city issues.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Providing services to veterans and communities.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

A nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.


ABC News

Nightline, World News Tonight, This Week

CQ Weekly

Provides non-partisan news and analysis on how legislation is shaped, who is shaping it and how it could affect your interests.

Dershowitz Group

Strategic communications firm servicing international policy-based clients

Diplomatic Courier

Premier global affairs and policy magazine


Full service political consulting, strategic communications and advertising firm


Broadcast division of the Republican National Committee

National Public Radio (NPR)

Non-profit, national radio station

Policy Impact Strategic Communications

Full-service public and government relations firm


Esteemed coverage of politics and government.


Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency

Roll Call

Capitol Hill newspaper


College Republican National Committee

The largest and oldest political youth organization in the United States.

Democratic Leadership Council

Leading a new democrativ movement towards innovative and progressive ideas.

Democratic National Committee

Official Democratic Party organization.

Republican National Committee

Official Republican Party organization.

Republican Governor’s Association

Official public policy and political organization of the Republican Governors of the United States.

Center for American Progress

Working to strengthen progressive voices on college and university campuses and empower new progressive leaders nationwide.


Recruiting, promoting and funding candidates to prepare a new generation of Democrats

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