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UConn Honors Congressional Internship Program, Washington, D.C. (Faculty-led)

The Program

Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member.

The five members of the United States House of Representatives and the two senators from Connecticut, in partnership with the Honors Program and Department of Political Science, are offering students interested in the workings of the US government the chance to spend the entire spring semester working in one of their offices in Washington. As a full-time Congressional intern, UConn interns become part of that particular congressperson’s team of staffers. Interns participate in staff meetings, attend committee meetings, research and write reports, and visit other offices on Capitol Hill. Interns also assist with your office’s constituent services including helping manage telephone and mail correspondence between your congressperson and his/her constituents, as well as leading constituent tours of the U.S. Capitol Building. Interns may even have the chance to contribute to the writing of new legislation. Interns work full-time and as such, are fully integrated into the operations of the office. This exciting hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, is available to all UConn students (including Honors) with a 3.0 GPA or above. This opportunity provides not only first-hand knowledge about our federal government, but also a distinctive professional experience. Governmental internships can be practical experience for students of all majors and especially for those interested in political science, history, and law.


To learn more, come to the Info Session!
Friday, September 15, 2017
The Class of 1947 Room in the Homer Babbidge Library (Storrs campus)

The Academics

You will receive 15 UConn credits on this program, three of which will be Honors. Professor Charles R. Venator-Santiago, of Political Science and El Instituto, will supervise this program. He will meet with you several times during the semester to help you integrate your work and real world experience. In addition, he will teach a three-credit W course on the U.S. Congress for graded Honors credit.

The credits for this program will be issued as follows:

  1. Political Science (POLS) 3991. Supervised Field Work (12 credits, S/U).  Students will enroll for 12 internship credits that are usually taken through the Department of Political Science. As part of this internship course, students keep a journal and write short papers on the organizational structure, policy issues and challenges facing the office. In addition, this course will incorporate a public service component. Political Science Students can count up to 6 of this credits towards their major. Please note that students majoring in fields other than Political Science may be able to acquire internship credits through other departments.
  1. Political Science (POLS) 2998WH. Political Issues: Congress in Theory and Practice (3 credits). This course will provide students with the both the theoretical framework for the internship and a research opportunity. In addition to becoming familiar with the literature on Congress, students will learn how to research federal archives and conduct legal histories. Students will also receive three major trainings on how to conduct research on Congress in government agencies. Students are expected to write a research paper and make a public presentation of their findings at the conclusion of their internship. Political Science students will receive 3 credits towards their major. Honors students will receive Honors credit.

The Experience

Interns will live on Capitol Hill at WISH, the Washington Internship Student Housing organization ( Housing will be comprised of fully-furnished double occupancy rooms. As a resident of Washington DC you will have access to one of the great world capitals, brimming with cultural, intellectual and social opportunities. The city offers something for everyone: beautiful parks, world-class museums of all types, and student-centered neighborhoods. As part of this program, interns will also take a city tour and be invited to welcome and farewell events. In addition, you will meet with several UConn alums who have succeeded professionally in the fields of law, the environment, and government and who now reside in Washington.

Student Testimonials
“The best part of the UConn Honors Congressional Internship in DC is the chance to become immersed in our Nation’s Capital. From living in the heart of the city, to working in the Capitol building and giving back to the city, one can expect to learn and grow both as a UConn student and an American citizen. After completing this internship and program students can expect to gain practical knowledge about the inter-workings of the U.S. government and can learn how to balance their school lives with a 9-6 job.” 

Matthew Kren
Class of 2017
History and Political Science


“Having the opportunity to be an intern in Washington, DC has been an eye opening experience. Having the opportunity to meet and have discussions with numerous UConn Alumni’s that have excelled in their careers has truly helped me to discover the different career paths I am able to take after graduating from UConn. During the Semester in DC, I was constantly learning about the inner mechanisms of Congress, which are not discussed in classroom texts or lectures. One of my favorite parts of the internship was being able to explore the Capitol building and seeing and learning about the fascinating history of the artistic and historic materials that it holds.

 Students can expect to gain more ideas about the career that they would like to pursue after gaining their Undergraduate degree. Living in an apartment away from home and your college friends can truly be an eye opening experience that can teach you to live independently and responsibly.  While I have acquired many new skills from the internship itself, I truly believe that many of my skills were developed outside of the internship. For instance, having a fulltime internship, classroom assignments and wanting to explore the city has taught me to wisely manage my time so that I am able to accomplish all those things successfully.”

Abhishek Pradhan
Class of 2017
Political Science
“My college experience has been shaped in large part by the four months I spent interning in Washington, D.C. As a congressional intern, I learned about the complexities of government relations and the policy-making process. As a resident of our nation’s capital, I attended networking events, became involved in community service, explored a beautiful city and made lifelong friends from across the country. I have since returned to D.C. to participate in a service trip and complete another internship using the connections I made during my initial D.C. experience to help me succeed.”

Natalie Vieira
Class of 2015
Resource Economics


Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Spring
The Details

  • Location: Washington DC, United States
  • Terms: Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/08/2018 04/20/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3