How do I know if I'm qualified to be an intern?
To apply for the internship program, all you need is a 3.0 GPA, a sophomore class standing, and a commitment to work hard. Some GPA exceptions can be made.
What's expected of me as an intern?
Though specific duties vary greatly depending on the internship, all USU interns are expected to behave professionally, exhibit dedication, honesty, and commitment to their internships. Detailed information about intern expectations will be provided at orientation at the end of the semester.
Does it matter if I'm a Republican or Democrat?
Most offices will accept an intern regardless of their party affiliation or political leanings. What's important is that students work hard, act responsibly, and dedicate themselves to the tasks they're assigned.
Are internships paid?
The majority or internships are paid. In cases where internships are unpaid, you may be qualified to apply for scholarships or special housing stipends.
Is housing provided?
USU offers special, subsidized housing in D.C. for students who intern there. Students interning in Salt Lake City or other areas will be responsible for their own housing.
Can I earn credits for my internship?
Yes. Up to 12 internship credits are available to students who complete full time internships. These can be awarded as POLS credits or USU credits.
Is transportation provided?
Students living in USU's subsidized housing in D.C. are only a five minute walk from the Metro stop. Students interning in Salt Lake or locally will be responsible for their own transportation.
What's the application process?
Once you've submitted your application, the IOGP staff will review your information and contact you to help you find the best opportunities for you. If you already know you're interested in a specific internship, we'll work with you to brush up your resume and prepare you to apply to that office.
Interns are selected based on academic achievement, writing skills, area of interest, and letters of recommendation.