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Eligibility Requirements

Internships and scholarships are available to undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Graduate students must have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 to be eligible to participate. All majors and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

All applicants must provide the following information:

  1. An application form
  2. A recent photograph
  3. A resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation (One letter should come from a UNT faculty member or administrator)
  5. Official UNT transcript and
  6. Essay: Explain why you are interested in a Washington DC internship, how it will enhance your educational or career goals, and the issues or policy areas of interest to you. This essay should be typed, double-spaced and not exceed 1,000 words.

 

The Application Form

Use the links below to download the latest version of the NTDC application.

NTDC Application Form (PDF)
NTDC Application Form (DOC)

The Photograph

Include a recent photograph of yourself.  This photograph may be sent to offices as part of the placement process.

The Resume

Include a one-page resume that outlines your educational background, honors and recognitions, work experience, special skills (including foreign language proficiencies), travel, interests, etc. If you do not have a current resume, check with the UNT Career Center for advice on format.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter must be from a faculty or staff member at UNT. Letters may be given to the student who will then attach them to their application and other supporting materials or may be sent directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office by the person making the recommendation. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the recommendation is received by the deadline.

Transcript

Official UNT transcripts may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, ESSC 209.

The Essay

The essay component of your application is an essential part of your profile and will be sent to potential Washington DC placement sites. Congressional or agency supervisors will rely heavily on your essay to assess your writing and communication skills and determine whether you will be a good match with their organization. The essay also allows you to provide more details about your life experience and aspirations outside your transcript and resume. Take time to write a clear, thoughtful essay about your interests and goals to present yourself in the best possible manner. Your essay will be evaluated on content, style and writing ability.

Your essay can include:

  • Academic, professional and personal goals for the internship within the context of the specific area or program initiative you have selected.
  • Demonstrated leadership on campus and in your community.
  • A brief discussion of your personal background.
  • Major issues related to the field in which you wish to work. Included in this discussion should be your personal views on at least one of these issues.
  • Skills you want to learn and those you want to improve.
  • How your previous experience or interests have helped you prepare for the kind of internship you are requesting.

Do not try to write a research paper. Simply demonstrate that you have a serious interest and some background knowledge about issues that are important in your field. Your essay should indicate your concern for the issues, as well as your desire to learn more about them.

Where to Submit Your Completed Application

Students may pick up an application form from the Vice President for Student Affairs Office located in suite 202 of the Hurley Administration Building. Applications are due October 5th, 2012. For additional information about the program, please contact our office at 940.565.4909 or contact Hope Garcia at ntdc@unt.edu.

Submit application materials to:

To submit your application in person, stop by our office: Hurley Administration Building, Suite 202

You can also mail the application to us at the following address:
Dr. Elizabeth With
Vice President for Student Affairs
1155 Union Circle #305358
Denton, TX 76203-5017
940.565.4909