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Political Science

About the Statehouse Civic Scholars

This is a 10-week, summer residential internship opportunity in Columbus, Ohio. The 12-15 students who are selected as Statehouse Civic Scholars intern in highly desirable offices in state government, including the Ohio Statehouse, executive agencies, judiciary, interest groups, and lobbying firms. Last year's Scholars worked for the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, Office of Budget and Management and other key legislative offices.

The Statehouse Civic Scholars Program is made possible by donor support of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence, as well as grants from the  DPL/AES foundation.


  • Three hours of internship credit
  • A fellowship stipend
  • Accommodation in apartments close to the Statehouse
  • Excellent networking and mentorship opportunities

This unique internship program provides the scholars with numerous networking opportunities to meet and exchange information with some of Ohio statewide officers, legislators, top lobbyists, and many more officials.

Previous networking events included:

  • Dinner with Columbus’ top lobbyists and numerous Statehouse legislators
  • Tour of the Governor’s residence and Heritage garden, followed by lunch with former Governor Bob Taft and former Ohio first lady Hope Taft
  • Interactive meeting with Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and UD alumnus Jon Husted
  • Tour of the Franklin County Board of Elections
  • Reception at the Athletic Club with Ohio legislators, Statehouse Civic Scholar alumni and internship hosts.

What are they saying about the program?

"It's an amazing opportunity I wish I had in college. UD's Statehouse Civic Scholars get to work side by side with Ohio's state leaders, honing their communication skills, exploring career paths and building relationships that will last a lifetime."

      - Former Governor of Ohio, Robert Taft


Department of Political Science

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425