Internship Application

The Institute of Government & Politics (IOGP) at Utah State University helps connect students with meaningful internship opportunities locally, nationally and around the globe, to help develop practical skills and complement their academic learning.


Prospective interns must be a student at USU and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to apply.


The IOGP offers a variety of internships at the local/state, national, and global levels.  See the internship link to view the variety of opportunities available


Students can earn up to 12 academic credits for their internships. Requirements vary depending on where students intern. For specific requirements, visit the local & state, national, and global internship pages. 


Students are responsible for finding housing accomodations during their internship. Students participating in internships in Washington, DC have the option of living in USU student housing in Crystal City, VA, right next to the Crystal City metro stop. 


Students interested in completing an internship must complete a two step application process.”
1. Complete the online application form below.
2. Upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (must be a single PDF, see description below).
3.  Once the online application and uploads are complete, the IOGP office will review applications.  Eligible students will be then called in to interview with IOGP representatives and/or potential employers.

Step 1: Online Application Form

Be sure to include all required fields (marked with *).

Language Fluency
Semester Choice
Location Interest
Political Affiliation and District

Don't know your home Congressional District?  Find it with your zip code.

Washington DC Housing
Are you interested in USU housing in Washington DC?
Academic Credit
*Are you interested in earning academic credit for your internship?
Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships may be awarded to help offset internship travel or housing costs for your internship.

*Are you interested in applying for a scholarship that would help offset travel or housing costs for your internship?
Additional Information for Consideration

An email request will be sent to your references requesting that they provide their reference letter within two weeks from the day you submit this form.  Plan your application accordingly.  You are also encouraged to contact your references to request that they respond to the IOGP reference request email within the two-week timeframe.

By submitting this form you are waiving your right to review the letters of reference received in relation to this internship application.

How did you hear about the IOGP Internship Program?
*Where did you hear about us?

Step 2: Cover Letter, Resume & Writing Sample

Resume and Cover Letters
All internship applicants must submit a cover letter and a resume (in some cases students may be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae in addition to a resume) as part of their application.  All students are encouraged to visit with Career Services for resume and cover letter support before applying.

Writing Sample
All applicants are required to submit an academic or professional writing sample as part of their application. Students are encouraged to visit with USU’s Writing Center prior to applying if they have questions about their writing or need assistance.

 Please combine your letter, resume and writing sample into a single PDF. Save your combined .pdf file as lastname_firstname_application.pdf and upload it to the IOGP Box folder (below).


By applying for an internship through the IOGP, you grant access to the IOGP to review the following information from your record in Banner, which is required as part of your application:

  • Birthdate
  • Phone Number
  • Current address
  • Permanent address
  • Nationality
  • Educational status, major, minor, cumulative GPA, primary USU location (main campus or regional campus)
  • Emergency contact name(s), relation to you, phone, email

To ensure that your information is accurate and up-to-date, please go to your student profile and make any changes that are needed. This may include updating your personal information as well, which can be linked to from your student profile.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the IOGP office by phone at (435) 797-0257 or by email to