Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants are made possible by a generous gift from Elizabeth Hill (B.A., M.A. 1997) to honor her grandfather, Wellman Hill. They are intended to encourage Political Science majors to pursue and accept public service summer internships. One of the goals is to open public service career possibilities to students whose access to such internships might be limited by financial constraints or other circumstances.

The 2023 applications are now open. Application details are below. 

To be eligible, a student must be, at the time of application, a Political Science major, have taken at least one CWRU Political Science course, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major. In addition, eligible applicants must not have plans to graduate earlier than the December after the internship period.

Interested students can find the online application here. Candidates must submit their complete application by Friday, March 3, 2023 by 5:00 pm. The application consists of the following:

  1. Application, including a list of public service internships to which candidates have applied or intend to apply
  2. A personal statement
  3. A résumé
  4. A letter of reference from a CWRU faculty member (See Guidelines for Reference Writers.)  Deadline Monday, March 6, 2023

Grant recipients and alternates will be notified no later than Friday, April 21, 2023. After notification, a grantee will have until Friday, May 19, 2023 to confirm acceptance of a committee-approved internship or request a deferment until the summer of 2023. If a grant recipient is unable to confirm acceptance and chooses not to defer, alternative candidates will be contacted.

Grant recipients are required to submit short reports on their internship experiences no later than October 2, 2023.

Internship Guidelines:

Acceptable internships must meet the following criteria:

  1. Internships must be public service oriented
  2. Internships must be related to politics or policy
  3. Internships must take place during the summer
  4. Internships must last at least 6 weeks.

Grants will not be awarded for internships of the following nature:

  1. Washington Center internships
  2. Political campaign internships
  3. Highly paid internships
  4. Internships with corporations or large think tanks

Because of the pandemic, we encourage candidates to be as flexible as possible and consider online summer internship opportunities.

If you have questions about the eligibility of an internship, please contact Professor Justin Buchler. For help finding internships, we suggest looking at the department’s internship page, reading the reports of past Wellman Hill grant recipients and using the range of resources available via CWRU’s Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education website.

Public service internships can be found in all levels of government and public-interest and non-profit advocacy organizations, to give some of the obvious examples. While a useful place to start may be organizations that hired previous Wellman Hill recipients, the selection committee is open to the full range of appropriate internships and encourages students to be creative and thoughtful in their searches. Because of the pandemic, we encourage applicants to be as flexible as possible and consider online summer internships.

The committee will make grant decisions largely on the basis of two criteria: the extent to which the internships on the applicants’ lists meet the program’s public service goals; and the extent to which applicants’ interests, goals and qualifications match their proposal to serve the public through a summer internship. Finding internships takes time, so applicants are encouraged to begin their search as early as possible.


Dylan Jewell – Ohio Citizen Action, Cleveland, OH

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The Friends and Alumni of the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program Fund

We have launched a fundraiser to mark the tenth anniversary of the Wellman Hill Internships Grants Program. When we reach our goal, the new fund (“The Friends and Alumni of the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program Fund” ) will support one additional internship grant each year.

The Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program, created by Elizabeth Hill (B.A. 1997) to honor her grandfather, Wellman Hill, currently funds 4 to 5 public service internships for CWRU Political Science majors each summer. Past recipients and their reports can be found here. The purpose of “Friends and Alumni of the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program Fund” is to support the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program by permitting its Selection Committee to fund one additional student from the annual pool of candidates.

Donors can make their contribution in numerous ways:makeagift

  • Cash, check or credit card
  • Electronic fund transfers
  • Gifts of stocks or bonds
  • Other types of assets

Learn more about giving by contacting the College of Arts and Sciences Development and External Affairs Office at 1.800.360.5308 or collegesupport@cwru.edu.

Or, to make a contribution today using a credit card, visit the university’s secure website: giving.cwru.edu/casgiving

To allocate your gift to the Wellman Hill Political Science Internship Grants Program Fund, simply enter the amount you would like to give, then add “Friends of Wellman Hill” in the “Special Instructions” box.

You can also mail your contribution to:

College of Arts and Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7068

Please be sure to include instructions, such as “Friends of Wellman Hill” so that your gift is properly allocated.

Thank you for your support!