The Internship Program
The Government Department internship course provides students with practical political and policy experience informed by their education at the university. Students may register for the course (GOV 374N, Political Internship) by application only -- registration access is limited to those students who have applied and been approved. Application forms can be downloaded from the documents page.
Are you interested in applying to enroll in GOV 374N for the Spring 2014 semester? Applications are still being accepted and reviewed. Complete an application using the link above and submit it to the Government Department Undergraduate Advising office (BAT 2.102).
There are also two excellent scholarship opportunities available for potential interns:
- The Texas Political Internship Opportunity Scholarship helps support students who would otherwise have difficulty participating in an unpaid political or government internhip.
- The Applied Political Strategies Scholarship helps support students in internships related to digital campaigns and/or data analyis related to campaigns and elections.
Both scholarships carry awards of $3000 for the spring semester. Students can find detailed application information and links to the scholarship application system on the Government Department Scholarship page.
Students interested in participating in the program should expect to spend 9-12 hours per week working for an organization or entity directly related to government and politics. The most common internship takes place in a legislative office, but students occupy a wide variety of slots in state agencies, nonprofit political organizations, and political campaigns. Students are required to occupy positions entailing substantive tasks that will provide firsthand experience about politics and government that will amplify knowledge gained in their classroom experience.
In addition to their tasks in the organization of their choosing, students also meet periodically with the internship coordinator and complete a series of assignments that link their internships to academic reflection and analysis. The current syllabus is available for viewing on the bar on the right-hand side of the page. The particulars of the class can be expected to change somewhat from semester to semester.
There is now a recently started Facebook group for former and current UT Government Department interns.
For more information contact the internship coodinator, Dr. James Henson.
Looking for an Internship?
Vistit the Internship Connection Center. Students can search listings for internships, and potential employers can post internships for students to browser or search. Explore the Internship Connection Center.
Potential hosts can post position descriptions and contact information by filling out a brief web form.
Students seeking internships can search the listings for the position that suits their interests, and find full contact information for potential internship hosts.