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The Presidential Interns help to staff senior administrative offices and work on strategic projects designed to advance the goals of the university, act as student representatives at various university functions and events, and attend weekly higher education leadership seminars hosted by executive leaders from the campus and larger community. In turn, the university administration benefits from student insight, perspective and collaboration in helping to shape the exceptional educational experience at the University of Utah.

The Presidential Internship cohort selection involves an application and interview process conducted each spring. The program runs throughout the academic year, from August to May. This paid internship requires a commitment of 10-12 hours per week, including some evening and weekend hours assisting with events and attending Wednesday leadership seminar meetings from 3-5 p.m. Two lead interns help facilitate and coordinate the presidential interns.


The Presidential Internship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 12, 2021, by 5 p.m. Applications will be reviewed in March. Finalists will be contacted to set up an interview in early April; final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified in April. To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • An undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing by the end of Spring 2021 semester
  • Be enrolled as a full-time University of Utah student during the entire 2021-2022 academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Able to commit to weekly Wednesday seminar meetings from 3-5 p.m. during the school year