Application Process

Getting an internship during fall, spring, and/or summer semester requires diligence and planning. Application deadlines are early for our internship program and the process might require some time to get everything out before the deadline. In addition, it is important to know what to expect through the application through placement process.

Below is a general outline of the processes. Please note there are differences based on geographic locations of our program.

Austin, Texas 

A completed application includes: a professional resume and cover letter, an issue essay, an official college transcript, and letter(s) of recommendation.
Candidates will sign up for a 15 minute interview with university faculty and staff. After interviews are complete, the panel will then select who will advance to the next step in the process.
Before the second round of interviews, finalist will attend a briefing where they learn what to expect with the next step of the application process. The briefing will cover preparation for the next interviews, expected attire, and policy issues to familiarize themselves with.
If selected, participants will complete a multi-interview process with representatives from the hosting offices/organizations for the internship. The hosting offices/organizations will make their selections of who they will have working for them based on these interviews. You will then be notified if you were selected for the program, and which hosting office you will be working for.
You will be required to participate in two-to-three mandatory training meetings before your internship. These will address what is expected from you during your time in the program, as well as what is expected from your hosting offices/organizations.
Pack your bags; you are going on an adventure!

Washington, D.C. and International Locations

A completed application includes: a professional resume and cover letter, an issue essay, an official college transcript, and letters of recommendation. 
Candidates will sight up for a 15 minute interview with university faculty and staff. After the interviews are complete, the panel will then select who will advance to the next step in the process. 
If selected, participants will work closely with program staff in securing an internship for the semester. The program cannot guarantee selection into the internship of your choice as this is entirely up to the hosting organization. Keep in mind that certain organizations (CIA, State Department, etc.) have their own application process and deadlines that you will have to navigate on your own before applying to this program.   
You will be required to participate in two-to-three mandatory training meetings before your departure. These will address what is expected from you during your time in the program, as well as what is expected from your hosting offices/organizations. 
Pack your bags; you are going on an adventure!