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Capitol Scholars

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center announces the Capitol Scholars Program, a public service learning opportunity for the spring semester. Approximately 15 OU undergraduate students will be placed in politics- and/or policy-related internships in and around the Oklahoma Legislature.  The Capitol Scholars Program provides a unique learning opportunity for a cohort of undergraduates who will experience first-hand the process of public policymaking in the state of Oklahoma.  The internship experience will be enriched through weekly seminars and briefings with state leaders.

Capitol Scholars will be placed in assignments with the Legislature, with state agencies, interest groups or the media and be expected to work about 20 hours a week.  Capitol Scholars will develop professional experience and skills, gain insights into the Oklahoma legislative process and policy issues, and obtain intimate knowledge of the legislative session and state government.

InternshipOU Capital Scholars

Students will be placed in institutions and organizations that run the policy-making process for the State of Oklahoma.  Each student will be required to work 20 hours per week.  These half-time internships will be served in such places as:

              Oklahoma House
              Oklahoma Senate
              Legislative liaison offices of state agencies
              Interest groups and associations
              Media outlets

PSc 4033: Capitol Scholars: A Service-Learning Course (3 hours) Friday afternoons

One of the unique aspects of the program will be the opportunity, on a weekly basis, to come together with the other Capitol Scholars for a seminar that is tailored to the program.  This academic component will feature key works on policy leadership and governance as well as opportunities to hear from many of the state’s leaders in an informal setting.  In addition to this required course, Capitol Scholars have the option of taking 3 additional hours under PSc 3910 section 002 (Government Internship), an option which requires no additional face-time in class. 


While there are no separate program fees required, students must enroll in PSc 4033 (the additional 3 hours of PSc 3910 internship credit are optional).  Internships will generally be unpaid, though financial aid may be available on a stipend basis and some internship-related costs will be reimbursed.


Apply now for the Capitol Scholars Program. Questions about this program can be addressed to Professor Mike Crespin at 325-6372, or email him at

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