Mayor Annise Parker with the fall 2015 CHIP Interns
The Hobby Center for Public Policy's Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) offers government internships to University of Houston students each fall and spring semester. Since its inception, the program has placed over 1000 interns in local political offices. Judging by the feedback from participating offices, the program is a resounding success. Numerous students have had the opportunity to change their status as a part-time intern to a full-time paid staff member.
The Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) is open to University of Houston juniors and seniors, as well as post-baccalaureate students. Sophomores may apply as well but priority is given to upper level students. All majors are welcome.
The interns work an average of 8 hours per week over the 15-week semester in offices with elected officials at the municipal, county, state or federal levels. Some interns are assigned to community service organizations and campaigns. The interns meet as a class four times during the semester. Evaluation is based on a daily journal, a term paper, and an assessment by the office supervisor.
The internship course counts as 3 hours of upper level political science credit for UH Central students. Grades are based on a daily journal, a term paper, and an evaluation by an office supervisor. Renee Cross is the program director and the instructor of record.
Check out the sample syllabus.
Frequently Asked Questions: PDF / YouTube
Still Have Questions about CHIP? Contact Isaiah Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713 743 3942.
Approximately 40 internships are available each semester, and the selection process has become increasingly competitive. Students with a 3.0 GPA and higher will be given priority in acceptance and assignment decisions.
Please note that CHIP placements focus solely on local, state and congressional offices. If you are seeking something in international affairs, please see your academic advisor.
Download the application for the spring 2016 program. The application must be typed (handwritten applications will not be accepted), and is downloadable in Word. Please note that applications are not complete unless a resume and unofficial transcript are included. Applications are now being accepted with a priority deadline of December 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled.
All registration questions should be directed to the political science academic advisors.
General questions about the Civic Houston Internship Program may be directed to Isaiah Warner at email@example.com or 713 743 3942.
Richard Murray Scholarship
The Richard Murray Endowed Scholarship was established in 2008 for the purpose of honoring Dr. Richard Murray's service to the Houston community and 40 years of teaching and research at the University of Houston. Click here to read more.
Civic Houston Internship Program Award
The CHIP Award was established in 2003 to recognize an outstanding local government intern. A $500 award is presented to one recipient each fall and spring semester. Read more.
Certified Public Manager Scholarship for Hobby Center for Public Policy Intern Alumni
The Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Certified Public Manager Scholarship provides former Hobby Fellows, Leland Fellows and Civic Houston Interns who are currently working in government or with a non-profit organization paid tuition for the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program at the University of Houston (non-transferable). Read more.
CHIP Success Stories
Over one thousand students have participated in the Civic Houston Internship Program. Read about their success after their internship.
Meet the spring 2016 CHIP Interns!
Check out previous CHIP participants
Council Member Jarvis Johnson meets with the spring 2007 interns at City Hall.