The Harkin Institute offers two scholarships for Drake University students pursuing internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.


Scholarships are available for undergraduates, graduate students and law students.

The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship

The Harkin Institute D.C. Experience Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor Senator Harkin’s legacy by providing financial assistance to Drake undergraduate students with financial need who have secured a summer internship in a non-profit organization, congressional office or government agency in Washington, D.C.

The Robert J. Waters and Patricia J. Beneke Endowed Washington, D.C. Experience Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Bob Waters – Senator Harkin’s former Chief of Staff – by his wife and daughter. This scholarship supports Drake students with internships in Washington, D.C., to enable undergraduate or graduate students (including law students) with an interest in and commitment to public service to work with congressional or executive branch federal government offices or private organizations engaged in addressing:  delivery of universal, high-quality health care; enhanced human, women’s, LGBTQ, and civil rights; improved civic engagement and effective governance; expanded disability rights; a strong system of accessible public education; and sustainability, environmental protection and climate change.


Please contact us for any questions regarding the scholarship or the application process at:

Address: 2800 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515) 271-3623

Fax Number: (515) 271-3631


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.