Summer in D.C.: Students invited to submit applications for 2012 congressional internships

NIU students are invited to apply for the university’s annual congressional internship program in Washington, D.C.

The highly competitive program will provide five students with the opportunity to live, learn and work in the heart of the nation’s capital. The program runs from late May through early August 2012.

NIU’s 2010 D.C. interns in Washington, D.C. From left: Leigh Owano, Meagan Szydlowski, Dave Thomas, Nomeda Tautkute and Jaclyn Curtis
NIU’s 2010 D.C. interns in Washington, D.C. From left: Leigh Owano, Meagan Szydlowski, Dave Thomas, Nomeda Tautkute and Jaclyn Curtis

Each student will intern for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation and receive a $5,000 scholarship to cover housing costs and some living expenses. Housing will be provided by George Washington University, located in the center of Washington, D.C.

NIU political science professors Matthew Streb and Christopher Jones worked with Vice President for University Relations Kathryn Buettner and President John Peters, a political scientist by training, to establish the internship program to give students a real-life experience in the workings of democracy and government.

Since it was launched in 2009, the program has provided internships for 13 NIU students.

All applications for 2012 internships must be received by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Applications can be obtained online or by contacting Pam Kombrink at pkombrink@niu.edu.

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