State Government Internship
Download the fall 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 Wednesday, August 30. A mandatory on-campus orientation session will be held the third week of the semester, and selected students can expect to begin their internship the week of September 11.
Gluck-Asher Financial Award
All students selected to participate in the internship program will be eligible for a one-time $500 award credited to their student account 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. 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.
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 an on-campus information session 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.
Dates for spring recruitment sessions will be announced soon.
All sessions will be held in 2130 Derby Hall, located on the Oval at 154 N Oval Mall.
Contact Elizabeth Kloss in the Political Science Department at firstname.lastname@example.org