Additional Resources

If you have questions about internships or the IIW program, please contact us at or make an appointment to meet with the IIW Advisor here.  Additional information is also available from the following resources:

IIW Program

Illinois in Washington Student Blog

Council on Undergraduate Research (and Posters on the Hill)

Related Press Coverage

CNN: “Why are internships so important?”

Daily Illini Article: Political Internships Give Clarity for Careers

Daily Illini Article: “UI intern takes Washington, DC”

NACE Article: “Unpaid Internships and the Career Success of Liberal Arts Graduates”

The Color of Congress: Racial Representation Among Interns in the U.S. House of Representatives

Internship Resources

80,000 Hours (using your career to tackle the world’s most pressing problems)

Applying for Internships (guidance from University of Illinois Career Center)

Finding Internships (Video)

Writing Your Cover Letter (includes sample cover letters)

Writing Your Resume (includes sample resumes)

Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce (including “Promoting Paid Internships”)

George Washington University, “Jobs and Careers in Public Service (How to Get Started in a Career That Matters)”

Go Government (understanding the federal hiring process)

How Much Student Loan Debt is Too Much? (Road2College)

How Much Student Loan Debt is Too Much? (U.S. News and World Report) (Tracking the U.S. Congress)

How to Talk about Resume Gaps When Burnout is to Blame (Article)

Informational Interviews (Handout from University of Illinois, College of Media)

Internships in Congressional Offices (Frequently Asked Questions)


How To Use the STAR Interview Response Technique

Interview Guidance (University of Illinois Career Center)

Interview Tips (University of Illinois Career Center)

Letters of Recommendation

How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation (from; including sample requests)

University of Illinois ACES – “How to get a great letter of recommendation”

University of Illinois Career Center Guidance on Requesting Letters of Recommendation

LinkedIn Learning Online Learning Library®

LinkedIn To-Do List for People in Career & Job Transition

MyReps (tool for finding and contacting your federal, state, county and local elected representatives)

National Association of Colleges and Employers, “Open the Door: Disparities in Paid Internships”

Pay Our Interns

University of Illinois Career Center: Mock Interviews, Online Resume and Cover Letter Review, Personal Statement Reviews

University of Illinois Career Center, “Searching for a Job or Internship”

University of Illinois European Union Center 5-year Accelerated Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degree

U.S. Census Bureau, Education and Earnings Estimates

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Handbook

U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Salary Tables for Federal Employees

Washington Information Directory 2020–2021 (CQ Press) (Available Online from Campus Library)

Working in Politics (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Student Life

Basic Safety Tips for Campus Life

Calendar of Washington, DC Events (from NYU)

Fast Company Article: “Why Six Hours of Sleep is [Nearly] as Bad as None at All”

Hill Happenings

The Hill

U.S. Library of Congress, “Live! at the Library” Thursday Evening Concerts and Events

Washington, DC Ranked World’s 7th Safest City to Visit 2019

Networking Opportunities

Greater Washington DC Illini Alumni Club

Illinois State Society of Washington, DC

Junior League of DC

Women in Government Relations