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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

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

Orrin Hatch Jason Chaffetz Mia Love Rob Bishop Chris Stewart Mike Lee

 

 

Policy/Research, Foundations, Think Tanks, Lobbying Groups and Partisan Organizations

American Enterprise Institute

American Legacy Foundation

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

American Civil Liberties Union

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Tax Reform

Brookings Institute                       

CATO Institute

Center for American Progress

Center for a New American Security

Council on Foreign Relations

Heritage Foundation

National Alliance on Mental Illnesses (NAMI)

Truman National Security Council

Republican National Committee

Democratic National Committee

Agencies, Commissions, Consulates/Embassies and Departments

INTERPOL

National Park Service

Office of Police Complaints

Office of the United States Trade Representative

Secret Service

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts

The Supreme Court of the United States

U.S.  Attorney’s Office

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Justice: The Office of Public Affairs

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Australian Embassy

Consulate General of Spain (Los Angeles, CA)



International Organizations

National Democratic Institute

U.S. AID

Woodrow Wilson Center

Human Rights Watch

American Red Cross

International Center for Research on Women

Millennium Challenge Corporation

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

United Nations Information Centre

World Federalist Movement

Communication/Media

American Journalism Center

APCO Worldwide

Bates White

Burson-Marstellar

Diplomatic Courier

Hill+Knowlton

Ketchum PR

LDS Public and International Affairs

Powell-Tate

QGA Public Affairs

Student Press Law Center

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Thomson Reuterse

Washingtonian

Educational/Historical and Art/Theater

Ford’s Theatre

Holocaust Museum

Library of Congress

NASA

NASA History Program

National Archives

National Constitution Center

National History Center

Naval History and Heritage Command

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Smithsonians:

            National Air and Space Museum

            National Museum of American History

            National Zoo Park

            Smithsonian Institution Archives

DC Housing

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.

DC Student Testimonials

Jillian Bull

“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

 

Regina Farnsworth

“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

Mark Rosenlof

"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