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High School Internship Program (HSIP)

Rising high school seniors: Experience the public sector. This unique public service internship program provides firsthand experience within public sector organizations and an overview of the public affairs field. While earning college credit, students will examine American democracy and the need for public service.


Program Highlights:

  • High school students intern while earning college credit through the OSU academy
  • Hands-on experience is complemented by coursework in Public Affairs 2110
  • The cohort model allows for students to share their learning and develop relationships not just with professionals but with their peers across institutions

The John Glenn High School Internship Program applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Senior standing in a Central Ohio public or non-public high school
  • Minimum two units of high school English
  • Minimum two units of high school social studies
  • High school curriculum and performance (class rank, GPA)
  • College admissions standardized tests: ACT, SAT
  • Accelerated curriculum (Honors, AP, IB)
  • Leadership, cocurricular and work experiences
  • Maturity and professionalism required to complete a college-level internship

**In order to participate students must be admitted to the Ohio State Academy.** 

To be considered for the program, you must complete both the High School Internship Program Application and Ohio State Academy Program Application

First: complete the academy application

Next: Fill out the HSIP program application

You will need to provide:

  • A resume (one page) that outlines your prior work, volunteer, extracurricular experience and other relevant information and accomplishments 
  • A one- to two-page (double-spaced) personal statement that outlines your interest in public service and reasons for applying to HSIP
  • Specific policy and site interests 


  • Summer semester - Jan. 31           
  • Autumn semester - April 15
  • Spring semester - Sept. 30

Any questions on the HSIP application can be emailed to

Through HSIP, you will experience a cohort experience in which you gain both hands-on and academic knowledge of the public sector to set up you to put your passions into practice.

  • An internship that will give you exposure to the public sector
  • Public Affairs 2110: Intro to Public Affairs
  • Public Affairs 1191: High School Internship Program 


  • Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ohio Animal Advocates 
  • League of Women Voters Ohio 
  • Hilliard City Hall
  • Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
  • Charitable Healthcare Network
  • Equitas Health
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities 
  • Welcoming City 
  • The City of Worthington
  • Columbus City Hall 
  • Franklin County 
  • Ohio Environmental Council 
  • Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy
  • Huckleberry House (nonprofit focusing on at-risk children)
  • Public Children Services Association of Ohio
  • Asian American Community Services
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society—Buckeye Chapter
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio
  • City of Gahanna—Economic Development Office
  • City of Gahanna—Building Division
  • Ohio Democratic Party
  • Organizing for America
  • Ohio State Senate 

This list of example employers is not exhaustive. We do not guarantee specific placement.

I believe the program is a phenomenal avenue for high school students to explore their passions in relation to public affairs. It’s a unique opportunity for us to have, and personally has impacted my own life and career aspirations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Ohio State Academy (CCP) Program application?  All information regarding the Ohio State Academy Program application can be found on the Ohio State Academy website

I don’t live near Columbus but am an Ohio high school student. Can I still apply for the program?  You may discuss your specific circumstances with the program coordinator, however as both classes and internships are held in and around Franklin County, the primary audience is those from Central Ohio. 

I am interested but am not a senior in high school. Can I apply? Individuals can participate in HSIP the summer before their senior year or during fall/spring their senior year of high school. Interested juniors are encouraged enroll in the Ohio State Academy Program prior to their participation in HSIP and to check out the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Democracy Camp as well. You cannot participate after you graduate high school. 

Do I have to have taken the ACT/SAT to be considered for admission to the Ohio State Academy or to HSIP?  You do not have to have taken either standardized test to participate in the program at this time. Applications are reviewed holistically. In the HSIP application just put 0 or NA in those application questions.

Do I have to be admitted to the Ohio State Academy before I apply to HSIP?  You may apply to HSIP before you have received notice from your OSU Academy application but you must apply to both. Please note to participate in HSIP you must be admitted to the OSU academy. 

Will applying to HSIP help my Ohio State Academy application? No. The application for the Ohio State Academy is a separate process, and HSIP is an opportunity that you may take advantage of if you are admitted.  

What happens if I am not admitted to the academy? Can I still participate in HSIP? Unfortunately it is not possible to participate in HSIP if you are not admitted to the Ohio State Academy.  If that occurs, however, we encourage you to also consider participating in John Glenn College of Public Affairs Democracy Camp

Are the classes and internships in-person or remote?  The classes and internships that are associated with the program are primarily held in-person. 

What is the time commitment for the program?  The HSIP program involves both internship and coursework for a total of about 15 hours a week. This could be more or less hours depending on the week. 

Do I have to take Public Affairs 2110 the same semester as my internship?  Yes, the program entails taking Public Affairs 1191 and Public Affairs 2110 in the same semester. 

What do the classes associated with the HSIP program entail?  Public Affairs 1191 is the course that the internship is associated with, and provides professional development and cohort building, while Public Affairs 2110 provides an academic introduction to public affairs.

Are there any costs associated with the program? Incidental costs associated with the internship program may include daily travel to and from the internship site or campus. A few internship sites offer free parking.

What are the hours for the internship? The exact hours vary from site to site; however, all internships occur during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and will be between eight to 10 total hours per week. 

Where will the internship sites be located? The location of the internship will vary depending on the site, but will be located in and around Franklin County. 

Will my internship be in-person, remote or hybrid? This will again depend on the site; however, a majority of internships will be in-person. 

I am only interested in a specific organization or type of internship. Am I guaranteed to get that internship? No. All participants in HSIP are guaranteed an internship that gives them exposure to public affairs, but are not guaranteed a specific opportunity. 

Can I secure my own internship? If admitted into the Ohio State Academy Program and HSIP, you are welcome to secure your own internship pending prior approval by the program coordinator. Please note that you are not required to secure your own independent internship. Additionally, already having an internship will not impact consideration for your HSIP application. 

Could your organization use some extra help next fall?

Host a student from the Glenn College High School Internship Program. 

Internship sites that can provide a supervisor, meaningful and educational job duties, and performance evaluations will be considered.