Fred Harris Congressional Internship

Beginning with the 2006 fall semester, The University of New Mexico established a scholarship program to allow its students to travel to Washington, DC to learn through direct experience how federal policy is formulated in our nation's capital. The program's objective is to provide academically outstanding undergraduate students who have an interest in public policy the opportunity to participate in public service by observing and contributing to the policy-making process. The internship experience helps students understand the challenges and rewards of public life and gives them opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

Each semester, up to five selected interns travel to Washington, DC to work in NM delegation member offices. We anticipate many will use their internship experience as a springboard into careers in our nation's capitol, while others will choose to continue their education by entering into graduate school.

Undergraduate students with a minimum of 60 earned credit hours and a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average are eligible to participate. (60 earned credit hour minimum may include classes in progress at the time of application.) No particular major or disciplinary background is required. Students will acquire skills and experience that will serve them well no matter what career they choose.

We seek applications from students who have demonstrated academic excellence as well as an interest in studying the legislative process.

Up to five interns will be selected for either the fall 2022 or spring 2023 semester. The Department of Political Science, if our budget allows, provides some financial support to help defray costs associated with living in DC. Interns are required to complete 15 credit hours as specified by the Department of Political Science. Please note that the department plans to select interns for BOTH the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters in fall 2022.

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Application

All application materials listed below must be emailed to Amaris Gutierrez, agutierrez174@unm.edu with Cc to tbkrebs@unm.edu by Friday March 25, 2022, 5:00 PM.  All applications must be typed.

  • Application Form
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation. (Note: At least one letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member from whom you have taken a class and who can thus assess, based on direct observation, your academic performance in class on a daily basis and on graded assignments)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Lobotrax degree audit printed from Loboweb