DC Flyers Program: Summer Internships for Honors Students

The University Honors Program and Political Science Department have partnered to establish an inaugural cohort of the DC Flyers, a group of UD students exploring careers in DC through first-rate summer internships and experiential learning opportunities in Washington, D.C. Participants will represent the University of Dayton in our nation’s capital, benefiting from the mentorship of co-workers, faculty, peers and the local UD alumni network.

Benefits

The internship experience is a key component of the DC Flyers Program. Students will be placed in internships corresponding to their fields of interest and live at The Washington Center. In addition, students will participate in professional development opportunities and complementary coursework and workshops provided by The Washington Center, UD faculty and UD alumni.

  • Build UD community in Washington, D.C. with your peers, UD alumni and other students from across the country who are interested in creating positive change through public service.
  • Develop networks, understand future career options and lay a path for your future.
  • Become a strong candidate for prestigious fellowships such as the Truman and Udall Scholarships.
  • Receive housing from The Washington Center.
  • Have transportation provided to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover food, public transportation, dry cleaning and other basic needs.

Eligibility

Any Honors student interested in civic engagement, governance, public policy, human rights, non-profit work or leadership should apply. A wide range of opportunities exists for all UD majors since The Washington Center has connections with over 1,000 organizations and due to the vast network of UD alumni in D.C.

  • Sophomores and juniors are eligible and exceptional first-year students will be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students who are engaged leaders in the UD community and demonstrate a commitment to a future career in public service.
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the University Honors Program.

Application Process

The first three portions of the DC Flyers Program application are on-line forms. Letters of recommendation and other requested materials will be submitted through email, as describe below.

Part 1:  General Information (go to on-line form DC Flyers Application)

Part 2:  Required Essays (go to on-line form DC Flyers Application Part 2)

Part 3:  Agreements and Authorization Signature (go to on-line form DC Flyers Application Final)

Part 4:  Letters of Recommendation

  • One UD faculty member letter of recommendation is required on University of Dayton letterhead and signed by the faculty member.
  • One additional letter of recommendation from an academic or professional relationship (work, internship, co-op, etc.)
  • A PDF should be sent to honorsinfo@udayton.edu or through campus mail to Laura Cotten, University Honors Program, +0311 from each person sending a recommendation.

Part 5:  Other Materials (submit all materials  as PDF or Word document files to honorsinfo@udayton.edu).

Ensure that you include your full name and the University of Dayton on the top right of each page of your Statement of Professional Interest and the essay. These two submissions should be typed, double-spaced and on 8.5 x 11 paper.

  1. Resume (no more than 2 pages)
  2. Statement of Professional Interest--describe the kinds of activities with which you would like to be involved during your internship and how these activities would relate to your career goals. (100 words) NOTE: Please do not specify the names of any particular organization as this document may be sent to potential internship sites.
  3. Issue Essay (500 words)
    • Discuss one issue related to the field in which you wish to work, such as conducting a web-based research among major news organization sites to find out about new and recent controversies in your field of interest; discuss the essay with your faculty advisor developing issues in the field.
    • Do not try to write a research paper but simply demonstrate that you have a serious interest and some background knowledge about issues that are important in your field.
    • Your essay will be shared with prospective internship sites. Please take time to ensure your essay is well-written, organized and contains no typographical errors.

Application Deadline for 2015 Program: TBD

Notification by: TBD