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Summer in D.C.: Students invited to submit applications for 2013 congressional internships

October 4, 2012

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

The highly competitive program will provide four 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 2013.

Each student will intern for a member of the Illinois congressional delegation and receive a $6,000 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.

The goal of the internship program is to give students a real-life experience in the workings of democracy and government.

“This is an experience that, frankly, we cannot replicate in the classroom,” said Matthew Streb, chair of the Department of Political Science and the program’s coordinator. “Our interns regularly tell us that their participation in the program is the highlight of their undergraduate careers.”

Since it was launched in 2009, the program has provided internships for 17 NIU students.

All applications for 2013 internships must be received by noon Friday, Nov. 9. Applications are available online or by visiting the political science office in Zulauf 415.