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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 / local government agencies, the Ohio Statehouse, political parties and other public service organizations. 

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 enrolled in Public Affairs 4191.03 during their OGIP internship. Through this course, student interns increase their professional development skills and learn to grow their network.
  • OGIP participants receive internship placement assistance as well as other professional development opportunities throughout the semester through policy sessions and career development 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. 22
  • 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 Public Affairs 2120 (PoliSci110* or an upper-division Public Affairs course 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 experience
  • 1.5 page personal statement that discusses your interest in public service, reasons for applying to OGIP and how an internship 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 30 minutes.

Please note that this list provides example of past sites, not guaranteed placement opportunities:

  • Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ohio State Senate
  • Ohio State Office of Government Affairs  
  • Columbus Women’s Commission 
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education 
  • Franklin County Board of Commissioners 
  • City of Columbus Recreation and Parks  
  • Columbus Auditor
  • Franklin County Auditor 
  • Ohio Municipal League 

Could your organization use some extra help in the fall or spring?

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.