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Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will receive awards?
At least 7 students will receive awards for Summer 2019, including one award from the Katherine K. Neuberger Fund to support an undergraduate with interest in women's political leadership.

To whom should my cover letter and letter of recommendation be addressed?
  Selection Committee
  Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
  Eagleton Institute of Politics
  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  191 Ryders Lane
  New Brunswick, NJ 08901

How do I submit my letter of recommendation?
Letters must be addressed to the "Selection Committee, Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program" and emailed as Word document or Adobe pdf directly from the recommender to

All recommendations must be received by 5:00 pm on January 25, 2019 in order to be considered. Application deadline extended to February 3rd, 2019.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?
Recommendation letters should be written by those who have taught you in the classroom or supervised you in a past internship position. Letters should address your professionalism, work ethic, individual initiative, maturity, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement or service.

Can the author of my recommendation letter also be listed as one of my references?
No. In the references section, you should include contact information for two different individuals who can provide a reference for you if contacted by the selection committee.

How should I submit contact information for my references?
Contact information for references should be submitted via the online application form.

How many internship hours must I complete?
Awardees must commit to completing at least 120 hours during the summer of 2019. Priority will be given to students with full-time internships.

Will the Eagleton Institute get me get an internship?
No. Applicants are responsible for securing internship positions. However, Eagleton staff can help awardees identify opportunities and provide general assistance. Contact Randi Chmielewski at for help.

Do I need to have an internship in place before I apply?
No. Applicants are not required to have an internship in place at the time of application. Awardees must submit verification of internship positions to Eagleton by May 24, 2019.

I have a paid internship. Can I apply?
Yes. The award can help complement a paid internship, though preference will be given to students with unpaid internships.

I'm not a political science major or an Eagleton student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students from all majors and all campus locations are eligible to apply.

I'm a Camden/Newark student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students enrolled in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/ Piscataway are all eligible to apply.

I am a graduating senior. Can I apply?
Yes, but you must complete at least 120 internship hours.

I am graduate student/law student. Can I apply?
No. Applicants must be enrolled as Rutgers undergraduate students for the Spring 2019 semester.

I did not complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA. Can I apply?
Applicants must have completed a 2018-2019 FAFSA by January 1, 2019.

Will I receive course credit for my internship through the Rutgers-Eagleton Award Program?
No. The program does not provide course credit. However, you may be able to receive credit through another Rutgers program offered by the Department of Political Science or elsewhere.

Can I participate in an internship for which I'm earning credit and still be eligible for the award?

When will applicants be notified?
Selection of summer 2019 awardees will be completed on or before February 18, 2019. Applicants will be notified at that time.