About the Internship

Wildcats at the Capitol

Gain Experience by Interning in Washington, DC

The WilDCats at the Capitol internship program provides students with a dynamic opportunity to gain real-world experience and apply classroom learning in a fast-paced, professional environment. Students spend 40 hours per week interning in selected office settings learning firsthand about career opportunities in politics, communications, issue advocacy and more. Internship responsibilities vary depending on the needs and opportunities available in individual positions. Interns are responsible for collaborating with their onsite supervisor to identify and define their scope of responsibilities.



During the spring and fall semesters, the internship program and related coursework take place throughout the entire semester, allowing students to earn credit for a full-time course load. During the summer, internship appointments vary in length by office, with some lasting the entire semester and others organized in 6-8 week-long terms. There are no DC-based classes during the summer term.

Internships start careers. Begin yours today!


Previous Internship Placements

UK students have worked with Members of Congress, Executive Branch agencies, private sector companies and non-profit/non-governmental organizations across Washington, DC. Some of these opportunities are facilitated through the program, while others are the result of students finding their own internships. Internships have included experiences with​:

  • Representative Andy Barr
  • Representative Sanford Bishop
  • Representative James Clyburn
  • Representative James Comer
  • Representative Brett Guthrie
  • Representative Darin Lahood
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Representative Thomas Massie
  • Representative Hal Rogers
  • Representative Harley Rouda
  • Representative Veronica Escobar
  • Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • Senator Joe Manchin
  • Senator Jeff Merkley
  • House Budget Committee
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Transportation
  • NASA
  • The White House
  • Wilson Center
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Council of State Governments
  • National League of Cities
  • American Association of Railroads
  • UPS
  • Dow

*The steering committee does not guarantee placement in the above listed offices.