Overview

The Hinckley Institute sends around 200 students each year to the most prestigious organizations on the Wasatch Front. Internships are available all semesters and open to students of all majors.

  • Students apply to the Hinckley Institute program and are then interviewed by the program director.

  • After you are accepted into the Hinckley internship program, we send your application to the host offices you are interested in.

  • 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-hour blocks several days per week.

  • 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.

    • Graduate, honors and CEL credit available.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring 2019

Congressional Deadline: September 15, 2018

   Final Deadline:    September 30, 2018

Summer 2019

         Final Deadline:          February 15, 2019

 

* 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 18 hours
9At least 27 hours
12At least 36 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. (Graduate, Honors, and CEL credit available).

IS IT LIMITED TO POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS?

No. Hinckley Internships are open to students of all majors and disciplinesClick here to see all of our internships listed by major/discipline. We also encourage students to secure your own internships

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 (submit something you received a good grade on – don’t write something new)

  • One Letter of Recommendation (from either a professor or past employer)

  • Official University of Utah Transcript obtained from the Registrar’s Office (250 SSB). You can request transcripts online through CIS or through the Registrar’s website—electronic pdf copies are available.

 

HOW COMPETITIVE IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

The Hinckley Institute of Politics seeks to secure internships for all students who demonstrate independence, maturity, and responsibility. We can place and have substantive internships for all students from incoming freshmen to graduate 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.

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