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Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will receive awards?
At least 7 students will receive awards for Summer 2017.

To whom should my cover letter be addressed?
  Selection Committee
  Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
  Eagleton Institute of Politics
  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  191 Ryders Lane
  New Brunswick, NJ 08901

How should I submit contact information for my references?
Contact information for references should be submitted via the online application form.

How many internship hours must I complete?
Awardees must commit to completing at least 120 hours during the summer of 2017. Priority will be given to students with full-time internships.

Will the Eagleton Institute get me get an internship?
No. Applicants are responsible for securing internship positions. However, Eagleton staff can help students identify opportunities and provide general assistance. Contact Randi Chmielewski at for help.

Do I need to have an internship in place before I apply?
No. Applicants are not required to have an internship in place at the time of application. Awardees must submit verification of internship positions to Eagleton by May 26, 2017 (deadline extended!).

I have a paid internship. Can I apply?
Yes. The award can help complement a paid internship, though preference will be given to students with unpaid internships.

I'm not a political science major or Eagleton student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students from all majors and campuses are eligible to apply.

I'm a Camden/Newark student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students enrolled in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/ Piscataway are all eligible to apply.

I am a graduating senior. Can I apply?
Yes, but you must complete at least 120 internship hours.

I am graduate student/law student. Can I apply?
No. Applicants must be enrolled as Rutgers undergraduate students for the Spring 2017 semester.

I did not complete a 2016-2017 FAFSA. Can I apply?
No. Applicants must have completed a 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Will I receive course credit for my internship through the Rutgers-Eagleton Award Program?
No. The program does not provide course credit. However, you may be able to receive credit through another Rutgers program offered by the Department of Political Science or elsewhere.

Can I participate in an internship for which I'm earning credit and still be eligible for the award?