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, and special skills (including foreign language proficiencies). 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. These can either be delivered to Hurley Suite 207 or emailed to It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the recommendation is received by the deadline.


Official UNT transcripts may be obtained from the Registrar's Office, ESSC 147.

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 career goals and aspirations. 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
  • 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 drop off their application form at the Vice President for Student Affairs Office located in suite 207 of the Hurley Administration Building. Applications are due Friday, February 28th 2020 by 5:00 PM. Interview times for the group interviews will be determined at a later date. For additional information about the program, please contact our office at 940.565.4909 or contact Melissa McGuire at

Submit application materials to: 

To submit your application in person, stop by our office: Hurley Administration Building, Suite 207

To submit your application electronically, please send us an email:

You can also mail the application to us at the following address:
Melissa McGuire
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
1155 Union Circle #305358
Denton, TX 76203-5358