Hokies on the Hill
The spring semester Virginia Tech Hokies on the Hill (HOH) undergraduate internship program provides students with an opportunity to work on Capitol Hill, learn firsthand about the U.S. Congress and politics, and gain real-world experience in the nation's capital -- all while earning credit for a full-time course load.
The program, administered through the Virginia Tech Office of Government Relations in the National Capital Region, and in conjunction with the Political Science Department, is open only to Virginia Tech students. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may apply.
Students intern from January through early May (tracking the Virginia Tech academic calendar) in congressional offices in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in government relations offices of private companies. They work on Capitol Hill Monday through Thursday and take a seminar class on Fridays. Some offices require students to return to work after class on Fridays.
Students will receive 12 PSCI credits: PSCI 4314 (3 credits), PSCI 4717 (3 credits), PSCI 4754 (6 credits). Regarding specific academic credit questions, students are strongly encouraged to meet with Hokies on the Hill faculty advisor Courtney Thomas, visiting assistant professor, Political Science/International Studies, early in the fall.
Students should also meet with their own academic advisor about credits to confirm/ensure their academic status.