State Government Internship

Download the spring 2017 application here

About the Office

The Ohio State Office of Government Affairs works to build and maintain productive relationships with public officials and their staffs. The team works regularly with members of Congress, Governor's Office, Mayor’s Office, Ohio General Assembly, Columbus City Council, and other federal, state and local agencies regarding legislative, regulatory, and budget actions impacting the University and the higher education community.

About the Internship

The State Government Internship Program is coordinated through a partnership of the Ohio State University Office of Government Affairs and Department of Political Science. It provides sophomores, juniors and seniors a semester-long internship with the Ohio General Assembly. Students selected for the program will be placed in the office of a State Representative, State Senator or caucus policy office in downtown Columbus and have the option of earning 3 hours of credit for their work. The program also offers 3 on-campus seminars focusing on different aspects of working in state government.

Assignments vary from office to office, but students can expect to work on things like assisting with the resolution of constituent issues, identifying constituent and community achievements for recognition, conducting research, drafting letters and memos, and attending committee hearings and session. In addition, the program provides the opportunity for exposure to policymaking in action and the chance to interact with public officials and government staff. Transportation is not provided; however, the Ohio Statehouse is a stop on several COTA bus lines, which requires only an active student BuckID.

Students selected for the program will be notified by Monday, November 28 and can expect to begin their internship the third week of spring semester. A mandatory on-campus orientation session will be held the first week of spring semester. 

Gluck-Asher Financial Award

All students selected to participate in the internship program will be eligible for a minimum, one-time $500 award at the end of the semester if they successfully complete all internship program requirements and earn at least a grade of a B in the appropriate section of Political Science 4191. Additional support may be available for students demonstrating an unmet financial need. This award is made possible through the generous donation of Ohio State alumnus Barry Gluck. Mr. Gluck generously donated in honor of Professor Emeritus Herb Asher to support students interested in starting a career in public service.

Program Requirements

Students are expected to spend 10-15 hours per week at their internship in blocks of 4-5 hours. Availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is a plus but not required. Program requirements include: attendance at a pre-internship orientation; attendance at 3 on-campus seminars that highlight different aspects of working in state government; completion of an internship agreement form; and completion of a one on one mid-semester meeting with the Office of Government Affairs internship coordinator. 


The State Government Internship Program is open to students of any major who have attained at least a 3.0 grade point average and have completed their first year of undergraduate study.

How to Apply

Interested students should plan to attend one of the following sessions and bring a completed application form, copy of their class schedule for the semester in which they will intern, a resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample on a topic of their choice.       

*Monday, November 14 at 5pm        *Tuesday, November 15 at 11:30am               *Wednesday, November 16 at 9am          *Thursday, November 17 at 10am                   *Friday, November 18 at 12pm          *Monday, November 21 at 5pm

Sessions will be in Derby Hall 2130 located on the second floor of Derby Hall, at 154 N. Oval Mall. 

Not able to attend a session? Email your full application packet to by 11:59pm on Monday, November 21. 


Contact Kristin Sutton in Government Affairs at:


Kristin Sutton, Site Manager
614-292-1279 |



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