Federal Semester  

Federal Semester Internships


Students complete a spring internship at a federal agency, congressional office, or related organization, including NGO's, nonprofits, think tanks, and private industry. There, they apply lessons from the seminar and supplementary courses to real-life situations.


Students may either register for UNIV349 or enroll in an internship course in their major.

Student intern on Capitol Hill

Credit for the Internship: Students must choose one of the two options:


1. Register for UNIV 349 and receive 3 to 6 credits, based on the number of hours worked and other assignments that supplement the professional experience.

Required forms: Internship Learning Contract and Intern Evaluation Form


Breakdown of credit hours:

  • 3 credits: 135 total internship hours (about 10 hours per week)
  • 4 credits: 180 total internship hours (about 13 hours per week)
  • 5 credits: 225 total internship hours (about 17 hours per week)
  • 6 credits: 270 total internship hours (about 20 hours per week)


    2. Register for an internship under the course number offered for internships within the student's academic department. For credit, students must follow that department's guidelines for credits, grading, and hours required.


    All students are expected to participate in spring Federal Semester Program events.