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Students must have attained a junior class standing and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to apply.


We ask that all students applying for an internship are committed to completing their internship. Some positions require interns who are still students but some internships will accept recent graduates.


When you apply either online or in our office, we ask that you provide a copy of your transcript (unofficial), a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (from from professors/individuals who have graded you).


Students have the option of living in USU's subsidized student housing Crystal City, VA, right next to the metro stop and 20 minutes away from Capitol Hill. To learn more about the apartments you can visit their website


We encourage students to look for scholarships offered through their departments to help cover travel expenses. For students who are staying at the USU housing in D.C., they may either fly into Reagan National Airport, only one metro stop away from the apartments, or they may fly into Dulles International Airport and take a bus and then the metro to the apartments.

Earning Academic Credit

Students can earn up to 12 academic credit for their internships. Up to nine graded credits are available for completing the internship, writing a research paper, and creating a portfolio of work completed during the internship. Three pass/fail credits are available for attending a series of six seminars during the internship and writing a summary of each.


Many of the internships we are able to place students at are paid a small stipend each month. These internships are some of the most competitive. Some of the other internships are able to cover some travel expenses. We understand that everyone prefers a paid internship, and we will do the best we can to find a situation that works for you.

Writing Sample

We ask that you submit a writing sample as part of your application. You do not need to write a new piece for this writing sample, you may simply submit a copy of a paper you have previously written for a class. The subject matter is insignificant. It does not necessarily need to be about politics or government as long as it demonstrates your skills as a writer. We ask that the writing sample be about 3 to 4 pages long. If you have something you would like to submit as a writing sample, but are not sure in would qualify, visit our office in Old Main 109 or email