The Institute of Government and Politics (IOGP) Internship Program helps Utah State students find internship opportunities in Utah and Washington, D.C. These internships help students develop practical skills and complement their academic learning. IOGP interns can earn academic credit and may choose to live in USU's subsidized housing. Internships are offered Spring, Summer and Fall. However, there are more opportunities in the Spring, especially in Salt Lake City with the State Legislature.
There are many benefits of participating in an IOGP internship. Whatever profession you are going into, working on Capitol Hill will be impressive because politics is involved in every field of study. Internships are also great ways to make connections. Many students accredit their current jobs to having at one time or another participated in an internship. Students are often able to find jobs because of connections they made during their internship.
Interns in Salt Lake during the State Legislative Session or D.C. are able to participate in a seminar series, where USU alums and other political figures who have connections to USU speak with students and answer questions about their jobs, how they arrived where they are and what opportunities they took advantage of. Students are able to ask questions and be mentored by leaders in D.C. and Salt Lake.
Students interested in Applying for an internship need to fill out the application packet and return it to MAIN 109 along with a resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript and two letters of recommendation. Anyone with questions can visit our FAQ page or can email Carolyn Brittain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who participate in these internships come from all majors and colleges. You can view our list of internships to see if there are any internships that fit your major. And remember that no matter where you are applying for grad school or for a job, an internship in a congressional office can set you apart from the other applicants. Check out this chart describing majors of the student who participated in internships in 2012.