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Program Overview

The Capitol Scholars Program is an immersive summer internship program in Washington, D.C., for exceptional University of Alabama System students who plan to pursue a career opportunity in or around the federal government. Capitol Scholars will participate in intensive internships and experiential learning opportunities with members of the Alabama congressional delegation and may also intern with congressional offices outside Alabama, congressional committee offices, and government agencies. While in D.C., Capitol Scholars will develop leadership skills, learn the art of policy research, analysis, and advocacy, as well as be exposed to high impact and professional experiences through networking opportunities with policy experts, governmental officials, and University of Alabama System alumni. 


The program’s purpose is two-fold:

  1. To provide an immersive summer internship program in Washington, D.C., designed to provide exceptional UA System students (rising juniors, rising seniors, and immediate graduates) interested in careers in and around government with life changing, merit-based opportunities in our nation’s capital.
  2. To develop a network of intelligent, diligent, civic-minded UA System alumni.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible to apply?

UA, UAB, and UAH students who are:

  • Rising juniors, rising seniors, immediate graduates, or rising second-year graduate students (as of June 2024).
  • Interested in working in and around government
  • Available to intern in Washington, D.C., in Summer 2024

Students will be evaluated on merit, including academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to national, state, and local community service. Each campus’s selection committee will include faculty from that campus and the UA System Office of External Affairs.

How do I apply?

Students will be selected through a competitive application and interview process. Interested students must submit: an application, their resume, and two recommendations (at least one of which must be from a faculty member at the student’s university).

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for Summer 2024 closed Friday, October 20, 2023 at 12:00PM CST.

What can I expect after applying?

Students will be notified if they are selected to interview, which will take place at each campus the week of November 6.

Is financial support available for the summer?

Capitol Scholars will receive a stipend to defray the cost of housing and living in Washington, D.C.