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Ohio Government Internship Program (OGIP)

Grow as a policy professional. The Ohio Government Internship Program provides practical, public service experience with state and local government agencies, the Ohio Statehouse and political parties.

Through invaluable opportunities in state and local government, the Ohio Government Internship Program (OGIP) is designed to support students as they develop their career paths in public service.

  • OGIP participants are required to complete Public Affairs 4191.03 during their OGIP internship. Through this course, student interns participate in high-level professional development opportunities and networking sessions.
  • Networking sessions for the OGIP participants will be hosted by recent alumni and community partners who now work in state government agencies in Ohio.
  • OGIP participants receive internship placement assistance as well as other professional development opportunities throughout the semester through policy sessions and mandatory career service events.
  • OGIP participants receive a stipend of $500 upon successful completion of the program.

Ready to Apply?

Review application requirements below before starting your application.


  • Autumn semester - Mar. 21
  • Spring semester - Sept. 30


All undergraduate Ohio State students are welcome to apply to OGIP, but preference will be given to students in their second and third years.

Prerequisite: Public Affairs 2110 or PoliSci110* (upper-division courses in either subject could be considered as a prerequisite on a case-by-case basis)

Be prepared to provide the following in your application: 

  • Resume that outlines your recent experience
  • One- or two-page personal statement that discusses your interest in public services, reasons for applying to OGIP and how it fits into your professional goals

It is recommended that you meet with your career advisor to review your application materials prior to submission. 

After the application period closes, you will be contacted within a few weeks to inform you of your status and if you have been selected for an interview. Interviews are with Jim Ellison (OGIP program coordinator) and other program stakeholders, and last approximately 25 minutes.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and serves to provide examples, not guaranteed placements:

  • Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ohio State Senate
  • Ohio State Office of Government Affairs 
  • Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission 
  • Columbus Women’s Commission 
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education 
  • Franklin County Board of Commissioners 
  • Franklin County Economic Development and Planning 
  • City of Columbus Recreation and Parks 
  • Columbus Mayor, Office of Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Columbus Auditor
  • Franklin County Auditor 
  • Ohio Arts Council 

Could your organization use some extra help next fall?

Host a student from the Glenn College Ohio Government Internship Program. 

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