Government and Public Service
For students who would like to spend Fall Semester in Washington D.C. and work every day in the United States Capitol, then the Government and Public Service Internship program is for you! The congressional internship program operated through the Political Science & Philosophy Department offers one student each fall this unique experience – an opportunity to develop networking skills, build knowledge of public policy, and have a unique learning experience while earning six credit hours in Political Science (Political Science 4671).
Interns live and work in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the semester-long internship. Interns are placed in either a congressional or senate office based on the intern’s interest in issues, personality, hometown and abilities.
While living in Washington, D.C., the ASU intern lives at the Texas Tech house, a short two blocks from the Capitol. The individual selected for this position will receive an $8000 scholarship to help defray the costs associated with the internship and living in Washington. The scholarship covers all housing costs and any remaining amount can be used to cover day-to-day expenses while in D.C. Before leaving for Washington, D.C. interns will attend orientation sessions at Texas Tech to help prepare them for the experience and familiarize then with guidelines and responsibilities expected of interns. They will also attend socials to get to know their fellow interns.
The intern must be enrolled in a minimum of six hours at Angelo State University while interning in Washington, D.C. These credit hours are earned through the intern’s work on Capitol Hill. Furthermore, the intern is considered a full-time student at Angelo State while they are in Washington D.C. due to the number of hours they work each week and the assignments they fulfill while in D.C.
To participate in the program, it is preferred that undergraduate students have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the major and have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours before the semester they wish to participate in the internship and be a Political Science major.
Other important qualifications:
- Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written means
- Involvement at Angelo State
- Ability to get along and work with diverse groups of people
- Desire to learn and a good work ethic
- Well-mannered and able to interact with others.