Capital City Internship Program (CCIP)

CIP_LogoCMU Government Relations, in partnership with the Honors Program office, maintains a Lansing internship program. Each semester, CMU students, representing various majors and grade levels, work in a variety of Legislative, Executive, and special interest offices. This is a tremendous opportunity for CMU students to learn the critical role government plays on campus and in our communities. We appreciate that many of our Capital Chippewa alumni serve as mentors for these interns, sharing their experiences and expertise through networking events throughout the semester. All students, regardless of major and year, are encouraged to apply.

  • Internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Transportation, provided by CMU, and parking is available two days a week during the fall and spring semesters

Academic credit can also be obtained with approval from a faculty advisor. 

Click the link below for further information on how to get involved.

Capital City Internship Program (CCIP)​

For more information or to express interest in participating in the program, students and employers, should contact:

Melissa Alexander

Past Internship Sites:
Governor's Office
Lt. Governor's Office
State Senate Offices
State House Offices
U.S. Senate Michigan District Offices
Civil Service Commission
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Department of Community Health
Department of Corrections
Department of Education
Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Human Services
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Film Office
Michigan Food Policy Council
Michigan Lottery
Michigan State Housing and Development Authority

Where are they now?
As CCIP continues to grow, many former interns have successfully transitioned into graduate school and full-time positions. A few former interns are highlighted below.

Jessica Hargrove (2015) – Insurance Adjuster, Underwriter, United Shore
Henry Wolf (2015) – Constituent Services, Rep. Ben Frederick
Neil Parish (2011)  National Electrical Contractors Association, MI Chapter
Ben Greene (2010) - Legislative Aide, Representative Afendoulis
Arcelia Richardson (2010) - Dept. Analyst, Michigan Bureau of Energy Systems
Tom Wilbur (2010)  Chief Strategist & Communications Director, Rep. Fred Upton
Andrea Aquino (2009) - Staff Supervisor, Kelly Services
Brittany Mouzourakis (2009) litigation associate, Dykema
Jeff Stoutenburg (2009)
Public Policy Manager, Dow Chemical