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What is Auburn on the Hill?

Auburn on the Hill is a program that can help you locate and apply for internships with politicians at the federal, state, and local levels. Being involved in this program can benefit you in several ways.

"I learned so much more about our government and how it works by being involved than I ever learned in a government class."

intern, summer 2012


You can connect with people from all over the world.


You can gain valuable knowledge about how government operates and expand your worldview by interacting with people from everywhere.


You can receive leadership training that will benefit you in any career you choose.


You can participate in various activities that happen in the city in which you work- museums, exhibits, plays, sporting events, and much more.


You can begin your political career and work toward your dream.


You can get valuable experience to add to your resume which will benefit you in any career field.
US House of Representatives
US Senate
Alabama State Government

Frequently Asked Questions

 How much does it cost?

Most costs are associated with housing and transportation in Washington, D. C. Group housing discount rates may be available for those who are eligible. Costs for each item are contingent upon distance from the hill. Typically housing costs are higher closer to Capitol Hill, however, transportation costs increase with longer commutes.

What are the requirements?

Applying for an internship is similar to applying for a job; requirements vary. The program coordinator, Derek Taunton, can help you explore options, and University Career Center can help you prepare an effective resume and cover letter, as well as hone your interview skills. Additionally, many programs require a list of references or letters of recommendation.

What if I want to work in DC but don't want a congressional internship?

There are many federal agencies and non-profit organizations who offer internships in the DC area. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Are these paid internships?

Most congressional internships are unpaid; however a few offices will offer interns a small stipend.

Can I get academic credit for my internship?

Sometimes, but you will have to pay tuition to receive credit. You will have to receive approval from your department in order to receive credit. Also, if the internship does offer compensation, you will likely be required to forego the stipend/compensation if receiving academic credit.

Where can I live?

There are several summer housing options offered by D.C. area universities to interns from across the country. Additionally, there are several private housing options offered by organizations. Many interns also choose to live with family members or friends in the D.C. area during their internship. Housing does book quickly and it is recommended that you reserve space soon after accepting your internship.

Gather Information

Auburn on the Hill is the coordinating program for Auburn University students interested in polical internships. If you have secured an internship or you are interested in receiving notifications regarding the Auburn on the Hill program, please complete the form below.

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Last modified: February 25, 2021