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 an 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!

*Note, we often use “National”, “D.C.”, and “Washington DC” interchangeably and they all refer to this same program.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2019

Positions for fall semester still available. Contact Gina Shipley for more information and expedited application.

Spring 2020

Congressional Deadline: September 15, 2019

Final Deadline: October 1, 2019

* You may only apply to one program (Global, DC, or Local) per semester. Please meet with us if you want help choosing.

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an Intern

first, you will need to apply to the Hinckley Institute’s national intern cohort. the “apply now” button will direct you to start an application. You will need to:

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Update your resumé and write a cover letter with why you want to be an intern.
Ask for 2 letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors.
Submit a writing sample, such as a school paper.
Order an official transcript from the University Registrar.

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Research three host offices that you’re interested in.
View National/D.C. host office list.
View all intern offices sorted by discipline.

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Interview with the Hinckley Institute.
There’s no need to be nervous, but it will be a professional interview.

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Research scholarship and loan opportunities.
You might be surprised by how much financial aid is available.

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Meet with your academic advisor and determine how your internship credit should be applied. You’ll need to register for at least 3 credit hours.

After you apply to the national intern Cohort, you will be set up with host office interviews and will need to complete the following:

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Update cover letters to address potential host offices.
Career Services is a helpful resource.

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Accept interview requests and prepare for them.
Make sure to respond to any requests within 24 hours.

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Complete interviews with host offices.
Most of these will be conducted remotely via phone or video call.

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Update and check-in with Gina Shipley on your placement process.

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Register for HNKLY credit hours.

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Research and book travel, and review apartment information.
The D.C. Resources and Costs pages provide more info.

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Attend intern orientation at the Hinckley Institute.

Are internships only for 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 thier own internships


Complete the online application (view the process here). You will be required to upload:

  • Current Resume

  • Cover Letter (explaining why you want to be an intern and how this experience will benefit you).

  • Writing Sample (4 pages demonstrating your best writing - don’t write something new, past school papers are fine).

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a professor, past employers are a great resource).

  • Official University of Utah Transcript obtained from the Registrar’s Office or request via CIS.

WHere do Interns find housing in D.C.?

The Hinckley Institute leases and subsidizes the rent for students at Park Place at Petworth Metro apartments. The apartments are fully furnished and the rent includes all utilities and internet. The pricing and location of the apartments are an incredible for value for the D.C. area.


The Hinckley Institute of Politics seeks to send students with a high GPA who 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.


Unlike most internship programs, the Hinckley Institute secures host office placement for their students. This is an intensive process that requires our program managers to consult with students, determine the best-fit for internships, pitch your strengths to various organizations, as well as arrange prospective interviews on your behalf.

Washington DC Internship Housing and Scholarships

  • The Hinckley Institute provides free housing to unpaid interns as well as a scholarship stipend of $400 per month for the duration of the semester.

  • For paid interns, the Hinckley Institute provides pro-rated rent of $450 per month for the duration of the semester.

  • Rent includes all utilities and internet charges.

  • Scholarship stipends are administered through the University of Utah Financial Aid & Scholarship Office and go towards tuition.

  • 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.

  • To help students budget for their DC internship, a spreadsheet calculator is available. Click to download.

  • Visit the Resources Page for more on travel costs, metro cards, and insurance.

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. 

Host Office Locations

Zoom out to view the complete map—including the location of Hinckley Intern housing.

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 government institutions, public advocacy groups, and media/consulting firms.

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Students may fly into Reagan National Airport, Dulles Airport, or BWI Airport. From there, you can take a bus from Dulles and Amtrak or Super Shuttle from BWI.  Reagan National is located at a Metro stop, D.C’s subway system.

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Visit the Metro website for a complete listing of Metro fares and pass options, we recommend the weekly pass.


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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.

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Tuition and Fees

All Hinckley Internships are accredited. Students register for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credit hours of HNKLY 4902 (undergraduate) or HNKLY 6922 (graduate). Honors students can also enroll in 3 credit hours of HNKLY 4922 (honors). Permission codes for enrollment will be provided after 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 and arranges prospective interviews on your behalf.

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Remember to budget for living expenses in both DC and at home (rent, car payments, etc.). You can also consult the National Internship Cost Calculator.


Park Place Apartments are located at 850 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011.  The apartments are next to the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station. They are two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with kitchen, family room, and laundry. Apartments are fully furnished and have kitchen basics. Other amenities include sky deck, wi-fi, and a gym. 

The Hinckley Institute provides utilities and free housing to unpaid interns as well as a scholarship stipend of $400 per month for the duration of the semester. For paid interns, the Hinckley Institute provides pro-rated rent of $450 per month for the duration of the semester.

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Academic Requirements

National interns must complete five assignments during their internship, submit weekly check-ins, and write a policy paper at the culmination of their internship.

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