Internships

Spend your summer interning in Washington, D.C. on the Hill!

U.S. Capitol DomeIn 2009, Northern Illinois University established an annual summer congressional internship program in Washington, D.C. This highly competitive program provides students with the opportunity to live, learn, and work in the heart of our nation’s capital. Four students will intern on the Hill for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation. Each student will receive a $6,000 scholarship to cover the cost of housing and some living expenses. Additionally, students will receive a tuition waiver for six (6) credit hours of political science courses.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will I be in Washington, D.C.?

The program runs from late May through early August 2015.

Where will I live?

The NIU interns will live in housing provided by George Washington University. George Washington University is located in the center of Washington, D.C., just a short train ride from the Capitol and directly on the Metro. Each student will live in a double room with a private bath and kitchen.  The cost of housing (approximately $3,500) will be covered by the $6,000 scholarship and will be paid directly by NIU. The remaining money will cover additional living expenses, course fees, and travel to and from Washington, D.C.

What will my work schedule be?

Students' work schedules will be determined by the individual congressional office. However, students can expect to work 40-plus hours per week. The internship will be a demanding but rewarding experience.

What courses will I take?

Students will be required to enroll in POLS 490: Internship in Political Science and POLS 496: Independent Study in Political Science. Tuition will be waived for these courses. For more information on the academic requirements of the program, contact Dr. Matt Streb, Chair of the Department of Political Science (mstreb@niu.edu).  

When is the application deadline?

All applications must be received by Friday, October 31st at 4:30 p.m.  Download the application package or get an application from the undergraduate secretary in Zulauf 415.  Download these handy Tips for Submitting Your Application.

Check out pictures and NIU Today stories on previous interns here.