The Capital City Internship Program (CCIP) provides CMU students the opportunity to gain experience, network in a governmental setting and learn the critical role government plays on campus and in our communities . The program takes place in Downtown Lansing  with internships available in a variety of offices and departments:
  • ALL students, regardless of major and year, are encouraged to apply.
  • Internships are available ALL semesters (Paid and Unpaid) .
  • Transportation to Downtown Lansing, provided by CMU, is available ALL semesters. However, availability  is based on student need and parti cipation numbers. 
  • Academic credit can be obtained with approval from a faculty advisor.
Step 1:  Schedule Appointment
Schedule an Appointment through: 

Suggested deadlines for resumes (at the latest):

Fall Semester - May 1st

Spring Semester - October 1st

Summer Semester - February 1st

Step 2:  Research Internships & Apply
Make sure to utilize Career Services' extensive Resource Directory to help throughout the process as well as the "Planning" section in "Handshake"  (ex. internship search, networking, application materials, interviewing, follow-up...). You can even submit a short  essay to receive free professional attire for interviews, job fairs, and other professional events through First Impressions ! Apply to multiple positions to find your best fit!

  1. Handshake Postings 
    • Includes positions sent directly from employers. Search "Michigan Civil Service Commission" under "Employers" to see full list.
  2. State Government  (A majority of CCIP Interns will apply through the State of Michigan )
  3. Local Government
    • Chamber of Commerce, Counties, Cities/Villages, Townships
  4. Federal Government
  5. Lobbying & Special Interest
  6. Nonprofit Organizations (NPO)
  7. Additional Opportunities
    • Looking to expand your search ? Utilize the additional options to find your fit!

Step 3:  Keep Career Services Informed

Update Erik Simon on your progress by appointment, phone, email:

* Internship interests, connections with employers, applications, interviews, secured position

* Questions or concerns you may have throughout the process

Suggested deadlines for securing an internship (at the latest):

Fall Semester - Early August

Spring Semester - Late November

Summer Semester - Early April

Supplemental Resources

Ballenger-Browne Endowment - Provides financial support to political science students completing internships within all branch​es of the state and federal government. The endowment provides students with a stipend for transportation and other expenses related to the internship activities.

Information on Downtown Lansing

State of MI Employee Database  (search for contact information)