The Department of Government
The Department of Government

The Internship Program

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The Government Department internship course (GOV 374N) provides students with practical political and policy experience informed by their education at the university. Prospective interns should expect to spend 9-12 hours per week during a long semester working for an organization or entity directly related to government and politics. In addition to their tasks in the approved organization of their choosing, students also meet periodically with the internship coordinator and complete a series of assignments that link their internships to academic reflection and analysis.

For a listing of available internships, please visit the Internship Bulletin Board hosted by The Texas Politics Project.

Students can also contact Dr. James Henson at 512-471-0090 or via e-mail.

Students may register for the course (GOV 374N, Political Internship) by application only -- registration access is limited to those students who have applied and been approved. To apply, complete the Qualtrics application form you'll find at this link.  Answer all questions until the form tells you you have completed the survey.

Students interested in participating in the program should expect to spend 9-12 hours per week working for an organization or entity directly related to government and politics. The most common internship takes place in a legislative office, but students occupy a wide variety of slots in state agencies, nonprofit political organizations, and political campaigns. Students are required to occupy positions entailing substantive tasks that will provide firsthand experience about politics and government that will amplify knowledge gained in their classroom experience.

In addition to their tasks in the organization of their choosing, students also meet periodically with the internship coordinator and complete a series of assignments that result in a short piece of public scholarship suitable for inclusion in student portfolios. 

There is now a recently started Facebook group for former and current UT Government Department interns.

For more information contact the internship coodinator, Dr. James Henson.


Looking for an Internship?

Vistit the Internship Bulletin Board. Students can search listings for internships, and potential employers can post internships for students to browser or search. Explore the Internship Bulletin Board.

Post Listing
Potential hosts can post position descriptions and contact information by filling out a brief web form.

Find Internship
Students seeking internships can search the listings for the position that suits their interests, and find full contact information for potential internship hosts.




  • Department of Government

    The University of Texas at Austin
    158 W 21st ST STOP A1800
    Batts Hall 2.116
    Austin, TX 78712-1704
    512-471-5121