DC Flyers Program: Summer Internships for Honors Students

The University Honors Program and Political Science Department have partnered to establish a 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.


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 in Washington, D.C. In addition, students will participate in professional development opportunities and complementary coursework and may choose to take an academic course.

  • 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 in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.


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.

  • Any sophomore or junior 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.
  • 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

2016 Application deadline:  October 30, 2015
Applications open:  October 1
Information Sessions:  See below for details

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

Part 2:  Required Essays

Part 3:  Agreements and Authorization Signature

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.)

Part 5:  Other Materials

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. You could do this by conducting web-based research among major news organization sites to find out about new and recent controversies in your field of interest; discuss developing issues in the field with your faculty advisor.
  • 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 proof read your essay to ensure it is well-written, organized and contains no typographical errors. Do not write this essay the night before it is due.

Information Sessions for 2016 Program

Monday, October 5
12:15 to 1:15 pm
Alumni Hall Room 016

Wednesday, October 14
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Alumni Hall Room 016

Thursday, October 15
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Alumni Hall Room 016

Register for a session here.