The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship

The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement exists to inform citizens, inspire creative cooperation, and catalyze change on issues of social justice, fairness and opportunity. Founded on the premise that good public policy is best achieved when policymakers have access to high quality information, political processes are open and well-understood, and citizens are informed and active participants, The Harkin Institute seeks to create opportunities for thoughtful policy discourse in a nonpartisan environment. The Harkin Institute D.C. 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 benefited from their exposure to policymakers and policymaking in our nation’s capital.The scholarship fund is administered by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy &Citizen Engagement at Drake University and operates as follows: General Information
This scholarship program is nonpartisan and is open to all undergraduate studentsregardless 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 for a 10 to12-week period from May through August, 2017, 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 D.C. Experience Scholarship:

oThe applicant must be an undergraduate student at Drake University.

oThe applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater.oThe applicant must complete an application form and submit the required documents by noon on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

oThe recipient must complete the fall term as a full-time student at Drake University following the summer internship.List of Required Documents:

oCompleted application formoSigned financial aid statement form

oTyped 500-word essay, as described in the application form


oUnofficial Drake University transcript

oOne faculty recommendation

oAcceptance letter from internship placement
Selection Process
The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship Advisory Committee will review all application materials and choose one recipient and one alternate. The alternate will beo ffered the scholarship in the event the recipient does not or is unable to accept the scholarship. Selection will be based on the following:

oFinancial need

oThe potential for the proposed internship to expose the recipient to policymakers and the policymaking process

oPrevious work/volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities

oGrade point average

oApplicant’s written essay

oFaculty recommendation

The recipient and the alternate will be notified of their selection by The Harkin Institute no later than Friday, April 21, 2017. 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 24, 2017. Questions regarding The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship, application, or application process may be directed to: Amy Beller, Assistant Director of Programing & External RelationsThe Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen EngagementDrake University 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50311 515-271-2875 Email: