Government and Public Service
For students who would like to spend a 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! This congressional internship program operated through the Political Science and 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 $8,000 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 them 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.
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 credit 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.
Complete the application for the Government and Public Service Internship Program and return it to the Department of Political Science and Philosophy.
Internship Program Participants
June 6, 2018
This last fall semester, Chasity Paxton had the pleasure of being chosen to be a congressional intern for Congressman K. Michael Conaway, who represents the 11th Congressional District that includes San Angelo.
July 28, 2015
ASU senior Jared Goecker, the son of a U.S. Air Force chaplain, set his sights early on a public service career.
April 3, 2014
Perry Stafford, a junior at Angelo State University, has been selected as the second participant in the ASU Political Science and Philosophy Department’s Internship Program in Washington, D.C.
July 15, 2013
Charles “Chase” Sauvage, a senior at Angelo State University, has been selected as the first participant in the ASU Department of Political Science and Philosophy’s new Government and Public Service Internship Program in Washington, D.C.