Student Internships

Student Internship Requirement

The internship requirement complements your academic training and adds to your professional experience. A great internship provides a learning experience that may not have been previously available and can expose you to a variety of career options and opportunities.

The requirement includes a 400-hour minimum internship placement in a policy-related position. Opportunities are available throughout the United States at all levels of government -- the Congress, federal agencies and commissions, state executive offices and legislative committees, regional councils of governments, and municipal agencies and offices -- and in many areas of the private sector. Internships are also available in a variety of international settings, including U.S. embassies abroad, United Nations organizations, and agencies of foreign governments.

Students in the regular or dual-degree programs can meet the internship requirement by:

  • Participating in an approved and supervised internship placement for administrative credit;
  • Participating in an approved and supervised three credit hour internship placement for academic credit; or
  • Waiving the requirement by providing documentation of comparable professional experience (with the approval of the graduate advisor).

To request internship approval, students must submit a completed request form, along with an offer letter from the placement agency, to the Career Management Office. Students must receive formal Graduate Advisor approval prior to starting an internship placement that is intended to satisfy the LBJ School internship requirement.