THE CIVIC HOUSTON INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (CHIP)

Mayor Annise Parker with the Spring 2013 CHIP Interns

Mayor Annise Parker with the spring 2013 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.

Program Information

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 inwarner@uh.edu or call 713 743 3942.

CHIP Application

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.

Download the application for the spring 2015 program. The application must be typed (handwritten applications will not be accepted), and is downloadable in Word. Please note that the application process is not complete until you submit all application materials, attend an information session, and schedule an interview with the instructor. Applications are now being accepted with a priority deadline of December 19.

UH Students: 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 inwarner@uh.edu 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.

Meet the Fall 2014 CHIP Interns!

Check out previous CHIP participants 

Fall 2014 Spring 2014
Fall 2013 Spring 2013
Fall 2012 Spring 2012
Fall 2011 Spring 2011
Fall 2010 Spring 2010
Fall 2009 Spring 2009
Fall 2008 Spring 2008
Fall 2007 Spring 2007
Fall 2006 Spring 2006
Fall 2005 Spring 2005
Fall 2004 Spring 2004
Fall 2003 Spring 2003
Fall 2002 Spring 2002
Fall 2001 Spring 2001
Fall 2000 Spring 2000

 

Council Member Jarvis Johnson meets with the spring 2007 interns at City Hall.

Council Member Jarvis Johnson meets with the spring 2007 interns at City Hall.