For Trinity College Students

“Dang Gang” Undergraduate Research Lab

Are you interested in doing political science research? The “Dang Gang” Undergraduate Research Lab works to write research papers collaboratively on representation in American politics, lobbying, and voter turnout. Members of the lab receive guidance, mentorship, and support from Professor Do. There is a small fund to support student research. We aim to publish academic papers together. It is a great way to build a resume and have research products when applying to grad school!

Apply HERE.

What You’ll Learn:

– Basic social science research design
– Data analysis skills, particularly with R programming
– Academic writing

Trinity College Legislative Internship Program

The College’s nationally respected Legislative Internship program was devised especially for students who seek to observe politics and government firsthand. Our students find that when it comes to Political Science, there is no better place to be than in a city and, even more specifically, within a capital city. Trinity’s location in Hartford is minutes from the state and local government seats, making various real-world experiences possible. As the program director, I am happy to give you more information. Please email me!

More information can also be found here or on our information sheet.

Timeline of the Legislative Internship Program

Early September: Recruitment & information sessions for the program. Students meet with the director (me) to chat about the program and their potential fit. Applications open in October.

October – November: Applications open at the beginning of October and are due in early November. Since there are only 15 seats in the program, students will complete an application with short answer questions, and their application is evaluated based on fit and merit.

December: Admitted students are notified and are assigned 3-4 legislators to set up interviews with. Matching of students-to-legislators is made in early to mid-January before the start of the semester.

Spring Semester: Students attend orientation in early February and officially start their full or part-time work as interns with their matched legislators.

What You’ll Learn:

– Legislative writing
– Expertise on the CT General Assembly’s legislative process
– Understanding of state politics

Capital Fellows Programs in California – Application Writing Mentorship & Workshop

The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs are opportunities to engage in public service and prepare for a career in California state government. Fellows serve full-time in a Senate, Assembly, state agency, or state court office for approximately 11 months.

Fellows receive a monthly stipend, graduate units, a certificate in applied policy and government, student loan deferral, and health, vision & dental benefits.

I seasonally host a writing/brainstorming workshop for those interested in applying to the program. Due to the program’s competitiveness, it helps to have mentoring and support. As a former Senate Fellow, I can offer such guidance. If interested, please email me!

Capital Fellows Program website:

What You’ll Learn:

– More information on the experience
– How to brainstorm/think about policy-making and writing proposals
– Expanded personal statement writing skills