Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP)

MaKenna Dopheide ’12 interned with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and volunteered for Sen. Richard Lugar’s campaign during her CHIP semester.

“The CHIP semester was one of
the best experiences of my life!”       — Amanda Yanchury ’10

Simpson’s Capitol Hill Internship (or CHIP) semester is a life-changing opportunity for students in Political Science, Pre-Law, and International Relations to test their knowledge and skills in real-world practice.

Up to 4 students per year spend a semester in Washington, D.C. and earn a full semester of credit in an internship and two seminar classes. Students live in a 3-story brick brownstone just blocks from the Capitol, an on-site director helps with internship placement, and costs are similar to a semester on campus.

Students work four days a week and then on Fridays take educational tours of government agencies, historical sites/landmarks, and D.C., Virginia, or Maryland attractions.

Internships are also available in the summer… Email Professor Epperson for more info on CHIP.


Visit the CHIP semester web site

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“[CHIP] sparked my interest in working for elected officials and more specifically public policy. Due to that internship and the networking connections I made, after graduating I got a job working for an Iowa congressman.”

– from 2009 Alumni Survey