Leavitt Center

Internships

The Leavitt Center is dedicated to enriching students' formal education by helping to provide quality internship experiences, leadership opportunities, and professional training. Through their service at local, state, national, and international levels, students render valuable assistance while obtaining the practical skills and experiences needed for future roles as leaders of a complex modern world.  

The lists below are not exhaustive. If you need additional information or have questions about other possibilities, please stop by the Leavitt Center or contact Eric Kirby.

To hear about experiences from previous Leavitt Center interns, check out the page "Our Interns - In Their Own Words"

Deadlines and Requirements

Deadlines: Internships are available each semester. Deadlines vary for each internship. Please see individual deadline details below under each section.

Requirements: All majors welcome to apply - you do not need to be a Political Science major. For all internships, you must submit the following via email in a single PDF document to erickirby@suu.edu

(1) Cover Letter* 

(2) Resume*

(3) Writing Sample

(4) 2-3 Letters of Recommendation

(5) Transcripts (unofficial is fine)

* We strongly encourage that you visit with the SUU Career Center to review your resume and cover letter prior to submitting these documents.

National/Washington, D.C.

1. Deadlines to intern with a U.S. Senator or Congressman:

  • April 1 - To intern during FALL semester
  • October 1 - To intern during SPRING semester 
  • February 1 - To intern during SUMMER semester

U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (UT)

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (UT)

U.S. Senator Harry Reid (NV)

U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop (Utah's First District)

U.S. Congressman Chris Stewart (Utah's Second District)

U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz (Utah's Third District)

U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson (Utah's Fourth District)

2. Deadlines and additional requirements may be different for the individual agencies listed below. Please visit these websites to determine requirements and deadlines:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Congressional Budget Office

Department of Commerce

Department of Health & Human Services

Department of State

Department of the Interior

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

National Education Association (NEA)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Security Agency (NSA)

Smithsonian Institution

White House

Utah State Legislature

Length: Six weeks during legislative session (end of January through mid-March of each year).

Classes: Many professors are willing to let you leave for six weeks and do your classes online during this time.

Qualifications: Current SUU Student, 3.0 GPA, Juniors and Seniors preferred

Deadline: October 1

Requirements: See above

Contact: Eric Kirby

Local Internship Opportunities

Local internships have a rolling deadline as opportunities frequently arise at any given time. The same requirements outlined above apply to these internships as well. We have successfully placed students in city government internships, with county commissions, non-profits, private businesses, museums, and performing research, exit polling, and surveying. Please come visit us about your interests and to check availability. 

Credits

Internships can be taken for credit. Each college and department at SUU differs as to how many internship credits they will allow you to take, but typically it ranges between 6-12 credits. Please talk to your advisor or department chair about your options.