NIU Summer Congressional Internship Program

The NIU Summer Congressional Internship Program is a unique opportunity to intern for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation for the summer in Washington, D.C. While every congressional internship experience is different, students can expect to learn the workings of a congressional office, attend congressional hearings, work with constituents, and get a taste of living and working in the nation’s capital.

The program accepts three students who will receive a $7,000 scholarship for housing and living expenses.

Applications for the 2024 NIU Washington, D.C. Summer Congressional Internship Program are now being accepted through October 30. NIU students from all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Application Requirements

The following information will be requested in the online application:

  • A description of how your academic, co and extra-curricular experiences so far prepare you successfully completing a congressional internship (200 words)
  • Submission of two essays (500 words each) that:
    • Address what you would like to achieve by completing the internship
    • Identify a public issue or policy you feel is important and clearly outlines your position, anticipate opponents’ arguments, and address those arguments thoroughly
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two names and email addresses of people who can submit a letter of recommendation that speaks to your academic achievements, talent, service, or involvement. One letter must be from a faculty member in your area of expertise

You are encouraged to submit the names of your references early in the application process to activate the email request and provide them with sufficient time to write and submit the letter. Your online application will be saved in draft mode and you are not required to complete it in one sitting.

Gary Timmins
Northern Illinois University's Congressional Internship Program allowed me to supplement the knowledge I gained during my undergraduate education and grow as an individual and student. It opened a world of opportunities, which without I know I would not be where I am today.

Gary Timmins

Internship Placement: Congressman Mike Quigley
Current Position: Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State

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