Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship (April 14 deadline)

The Harkin Institute DC Experience Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor Senator Harkin’s legacy by providing financial assistance to a Drake undergraduate student with financial need who has secured a summer internship in a congressional office, government agency, or non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. This scholarship is designed to expose the student to policymakers and the policymaking process, much as Senator Harkin experienced as an intern for Congressman Neal Smith in the summer of 1969, an experience that inspired Senator Harkin to pursue a career in public service. This scholarship is funded in large part through the generosity of the Senator’s former staff members, many of whom benefitted from their exposure to policymakers and policymaking in our nation’s capital.

The scholarship fund is administered by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University and operates as follows:

General Information

  • This scholarship program is nonpartisan and is open to all undergraduate students regardless of political party affiliation, area of study, and internship placement.
  • The internship must be unpaid or paid at or below the federal minimum wage rate.
  • The stipend for this scholarship covers the recipient’s housing accommodations from May 23 through August 15, 2015, with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH), a non-refundable room deposit, and travel expenses up to $500. Funds will be paid directly to the third party.
  • The recipient will be responsible for any room damages incurred during their stay.
  • Under extreme circumstances, an applicant may apply for additional funding by providing the following:
    • Budget and documentation to support the request for additional funding (i.e., past bills and contracts).
    • Financial aid package for the current school year.
    • Personal statement explaining the student’s special circumstances.

Application Process

To be considered for the Harkin Institute DC Experience Scholarship:

  • The applicant must be an undergraduate student at Drake University.
  • The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater.
  • The applicant must complete an application form and submit the required documents by noon on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
  • The recipient must complete the fall term as a full-time student at Drake University following the summer D.C. internship.

List of Required Documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Signed financial aid statement form
  • Typed 300-word essay, as described in the application form
  •  Resume
  • Unofficial Drake University transcript
  • One faculty recommendation
  • Acceptance letter from internship placement

Selection Process

The Harkin Institute Scholarship Advisory Committee will review all application materials and choose one recipient and one alternate. The alternate will be offered the scholarship in the event the recipient does not or is unable to accept the scholarship.

Selection will be based on the following:

  • Financial need
  • Applicant’s written essay
  • Faculty recommendation
  • Previous work/volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities
  • Grade point average
  • The potential for the proposed internship to expose the recipient to policymakers and the policymaking process.

The recipient and the alternate will be notified of their selection by the Harkin Institute no later than Monday, April 20, 2015.

The recipient must accept the scholarship offer and return the formal acceptance letter to the Harkin Institute no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Questions regarding the Harkin Institute DC Experience Scholarship, application, or application process may be directed to:

Amy Beller, Project Manager (amy.beller@drake.edu)

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement

Drake University

2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50311