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Political Science Department|College of Arts & Sciences

Washington D.C. Semester Internships

Interested in Spending a Semester in Washington, D.C.?

The University of Wyoming Washington Semester Internship Program has been designed to give students the opportunity to experience first hand, the legislative process.  Selected applicants will spend the fall or spring semester in WashiD.C. Internsngton D.C. working as paid staff for one of Wyoming's members of Congress. Internship duties vary and are based on the needs of the individual office. Students gain valuable experience in the legislative process and make invaluable contacts in both their Congressional office as well as with other federal offices. In addition, students can earn up to 15 hours of academic credit upon completion of their internship duties. Students are also required to complete several assignments throughout the semester that help them academically in their internship duties.

Who is eligible?

Although the Political Science Department offers the internship program, it is open to students of all majors, however applicants are expected to have successfully completed 60 credit hours prior (have junior standing) to the beginning of the internship. In addition, students who are interested must have at least nine credit hours (out of 60) in Political Science, including 3 hours of POLS 1000, American and Wyoming Government.

University Credit

If you are accepted as an intern and meet the Political Science Department criteria, undergraduates will receive 15 hours of upper division elective credit plus a stipend to be determined by the office in which they work (usually a $1600 per month).  Political Science majors may only use six hours as political science elective credit, but all 15 hours may still be used as general upper division elective credit.  Graduate students in the MPA program or MA in Political Science program should contact their advisors regarding academic credit. All credit is S/U.

How do I apply?

The application process is twofold.

First, students are required to complete and turn in to the Political Science Department office (A&S 136) a Washington DC Departmental Application.  This application includes copies of UW transcripts.

Second, students must complete the online application packet for the Congressional office of their choice.

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These applications must be submitted online to the specific office.

Students will be notified by the specific office of their internship acceptance. Each office chooses its own interns. Students applying for the spring semester should hear something from their Congressional office of choice by late November.

What if I am chosen as a D.C. intern?

If you are accepted by one the Congressional offices as an intern you need to do the following things:

  • Contact the Internship Coordinator or main POLS office to sign up for your 15 credit hours
  • Pay tuition
  • Get DC housing
  • Get Washington Semester Guidelines
  • Email DC contact information (new address) to internship coordinator

Letter from Internship Coordinator, Dr. Andrew Garner

Dear Students: 

Thank you for your interest in the University of Wyoming Washington Semester Internship Program. This program has been designed to give students the opportunity to experience first hand, the legislative process.  Selected applicants will spend the spring semester in Washington D.C. working as staff for one of Wyoming's members of Congress. Internship duties vary and are based on the needs of the individual office.

Although the Political Science Department offers the internship program, it is open to students of all majors, however applicants are expected to have successfully completed 60 credit hours prior to the beginning of the internship. In addition, students who are interested must have at least nine credit hours (out of 60) in Political Science, including 3 hours of POLS 1000, American and Wyoming Government.

Undergraduates will receive 15 hours of upper division elective credit plus a stipend to be determined by the office in which they work.  Political Science majors may only use six hours as political science elective credit, but all 15 hours may still be used as general upper division elective credit.  Graduate students in the MPA program or MA in Political Science program should contact their advisors regarding academic credit.

I, as your faculty advisor, will assist you with your internship requirements which include assignments due to me during the internship semester.  I will also be your university contact throughout the program, should you have any questions regarding the expectations of the internship.  Interested students are encouraged to discuss with their own departmental advisor how this internship will fit into their academic and career expectations.

However, students should be aware that an application does not guarantee an internship. Washington Semester internships are extremely competitive and each individual Congressional office chooses their final interns. 

The attached application is for the fall semester of 2012.  This application can be used to apply to any member of our congressional delegation. In addition, there is an ‘instruction page' for you to review prior to submitting your application.  Please submit the original completed application to the Political Science office (Room 136, Arts and Sciences Building) by TBA.  In addition, students are required to complete the online application for the Congressional office in which they wish to do their internship.

Once again, thank you for your interest in the program. If you have any questions, please contact me at 766-6475 or agarner1@uwyo.edu.  

Sincerely, 

 

Dr. Andrew Garner

Department of Political Science

 

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