With well-over half a million people living in the nation’s Capital, DC is one of the most diverse, happening cities in the country and stands as the political mecca of the free world; a place where history is made every day. Each semester, Utah Valley University sends a group of students back to Washington, DC for an experience of a lifetime. While interning, our students have the opportunity to meet with congressmen and women, dignitaries, philanthropists, experts, corporate leaders, and activists from around the globe. A DC internship is a great way to build your resume, expand your network with solid contacts, and gain the necessary knowledge and skills that will help jumpstart your career!
Below is a list of organizations students have interned with in the past and that are approved by our office. For a complete list of internships and descriptions view our DC Experience list.
Congressional internships incorporate interning for a Senator, Congressman/woman, of Committee/Subcommittee. We welcome applicants from all areas of study and any level in school, but prefer students who are juniors or seniors in college have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Intern duties generally consist of writing letters, conducting research, participating in briefings and hearings, answering phones, participating in briefings and committee hearings, giving tours of the Capitol, social media and constituent correspondence.
Required application materials include, cover letter, resume, writing sample (3-5 pages), unofficial/official transcript and two letters of recommendation. If you are interested in any of the Internships found below, please contact Candice Pierucci, Candice.Pierruci@uvu.edu, 801-863-7436. **All applicants must go through UVU Internship Services to be considered for a congressional internship.
Click or tap on a Representative to visit their website.
Orrin Hatch Jason Chaffetz Mia Love Rob Bishop Chris Stewart Mike Lee
Consulate General of Spain (Los Angeles, CA)
Utah Valley University offers subsidized single-student housing at Crystal Plaza for UVU students completing internships in Washington D.C. Crystal Plaza is located in Arlington, VA and is adjacent to the metro stop, just minutes from downtown D.C. View our housing flyer for more information.
Married students looking for housing in the DC area should contact UVU Internship Services for information on available housing.
“My internship In Washington DC exposed me to multiple points of view and deepened my conviction that political and international issues are rarely one sided. I had invaluable experiences that increased my passion for governmental and international affairs and put me in the pathway of those who could help me pursue a career in those fields.”
-Jillian Bull, English Literature, LDS Office of Public Affairs
“I answered phone calls, sorted mail, gave tours at the US Capitol, ran errands, wrote letters, and attended seminars. I also wrote a speech for the Congressman and ushered at the National Prayer Breakfast. One of the major perks of being out in D.C. is there are a lot of museums, monuments, and activities to check out so there is always something to do. Being out in the east, renting a car to see the sites is a bonus! I would highly recommend interning for a Congressman, especially in Washington D.C. because you literally get to apply everything you learn in class in an office setting for the Congressman. You work alongside with his staff members, and they’re willing to teach you things as things happen on the Hill that you won’t experience elsewhere. This location is where everything happens in government, and you get to be in the middle of it all!”
-Regina Farnworth, Political Science, Congressman Chris Stewart
"Working in DC is a unique and unforgettable experience. The experience working so closely with congress is irreplaceable and will immensely facilitate a greater understanding of how the government operates. The history here will fill you with a sense of patriotism gained by a new and intimate perspective of our beautiful country. The knowledge gained will be invaluable for the future. Whether it's attending receptions in the Capitol Building, National Botanic Garden, one of the Embassies or networking with influential executives and lobbyists, you are sure to set yourself on a path to success.”
-Mark Rosenlof, International Business, Congressman Jason Chaffetz
“The internship was certainly one of the best experiences thus far for me. DC is a fantastic place and there is always something going on. I was very impressed with the office as well, as you never feel just like another intern. I was prepared to solely be on phones or some other perhaps more monotonous job; however, they give you great opportunities to attend events and really take advantage of the whole experience. ..Take advantage of the time there and don't be afraid to ask questions.”
-Duncan Christensen, Business, Senator Orin Hatch
I am a Communications major and I was a Press Intern for Senator Mike Lee’s Office, the best Senator around I would say. I was able to work directly with the Communications Director and the Press Secretary, attending press conferences, also communicating with National and and local press, with the Senator. Being able to have first-hand experience with the press shop was a privilege and a real world learning experience. It was such a pleasure being able to work with a Senator who truly cared about his constituents and his staff. I have learned that working in a busy and fast pace environment that is always changing, that it is good to have a good foundation in values and in ones own integrity so that as things change I or others remain same person with the passion and ambition.
-Kelly Meraz, Communication, Senator Mike Lee
"An internship is invaluable experience that provided me with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and education I have gained from school. Because I decided to do an internship, I was also able to learn new skills and further develop my current abilities. An internship is engaged learning at its best. Most importantly, it provided me an opportunity to test the waters of a specific career path, show the work ethics of Utah Valley University students, and ultimately, lead to a full-time employment offer at the U.S. Department of State.”
-Clayton Byington, Business Management, U.S. Department of State
"Living in DC changed my life. Really!! I got to meet people from all over the country and world that taught me things I am certain I wouldn't have learned if I stayed in Utah that summer. I think about my summer and internship in DC almost every day and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to live in such a fast moving, diverse, influential city!”
-Maren Slater, Behavioral Science, The Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
“Every UVU student could benefit from an internship. Experience working in a professional setting helps one apply academic principles to the “real” world while perhaps making some money simultaneously. Along with the salary benefits, academic credit, and connections I made within the Smithsonian, I also met many students and professionals from across the nation who helped give me some ideas about how to make the most out of my college and professional career and opened my eyes to possible graduate school options. Overall, I feel as though my internship experience was worthwhile both personally and academically and I feel better prepared to make decisions that will determine my personal and professional future.”
-Madelyn Tucker, English, National Air and Space Smithsonian
"My summer internship at Dance Place in Washington DC provided me a whole new experience in the dance field. I was exposed to a variety of artists and teachers who gave me new insight on dance. I grew in my understanding of working within a non-profit organization and particularly with youth programming. The friendships that I cultivated during my internship continue to support me today in my artistic endeavors. I definitely consider Dance Place as my home."
-Emily May, Dance, The Dance Place
“The experiences I had with UNRWA were life changing. Coming from an extremely conservative background, I didn't know much about what is going on in Israel and Palestine. I understand now. I've been there. I've seen things that most Americans don't realize are still going on in the developed world. While in DC, after returning from the field, I had amazing networking opportunities. There is a whole network for The UN-USA relationship groups' interns to mingle with one another. They put on lectures bi-weekly, and we got to hear from some amazing humanitarians.”
-Grace Harrington, Emergency Management, United Nations Relief and Work Agency