The College’s nationally respected Legislative Internship program was devised especially for students who seek to observe politics and government firsthand. Our students find that when it comes to Political Science, there is no better place to be than in a city, and, even more specifically, within a capital city. Trinity’s location in Hartford is literally minutes from the seats of both state and local government, making a variety of real-world experiences possible.

Timeline of the Legislative Internship Program

Early September: Recruitment & information sessions for the program. Students meet with the director, Nhat-Dang Do, to chat about the program and their potential fit. Applications open in September.

September – November: Applications open in late September and are due in early November. Since there are only 15 seats in the program, students will complete an application with short answer questions, and their application is evaluated based on fit and merit.

December: Admitted students are notified and are assigned 3-4 legislators to set up interviews with. Matching of students-to-legislators is made in early to mid-January before the start of the semester.

Spring Semester: Students attend orientation in early February and officially start their full or part-time work as interns with their matched legislators.

Study Away

The opportunity to study abroad and thus experience different cultural and political milieu is open to all students. In recent years, Trinity Political Science majors have spent a semester, or even a year, at various colleges and universities located in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.