Kleczka Program - Milwaukee

The first local initiative of the Les Aspin Center for Government was inspired by retired U.S. Congressman Jerry Kleczka's desire to mentor students to become community leaders in Wisconsin. The Kleczka Program offers an opportunity to participate in local public leadership and public affairs. Just like the successful academic model of the Les Aspin Center in Washington, D.C., students receive hands-on work experience at the city, county, or state level coupled with classroom instruction.

Coordinated on Marquette's campus in Milwaukee, the Kleczka Program places students in local legislative offices and organizations. The internship is open to any eligible college student studying any major.

If you are interested in learning more, please consider completing the brief Aspin/Kleczka Internship Program questionnaire here: Aspin/Kleczka Internship Program Interest Survey. You can also contact Dr. Karen Hoffman at karen.hoffman@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7446.

  • Requirements and Application
  • Program Academics

The program is open to all Marquette students who meet the following requirements:
- have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5
- have a sophomore standing or higher at the time of participation in the program



Academic Registration

Accepted students are required to register for internship credit in the department in which they wish to receive academic credit. Examples include:
- POSC 4987: Internship as Field Experience
- CMST 4986: Internship in Communication
- CRLS 3986: Internship in Criminology and Law studies


Internship Placement

Students will receive internship placements in state and local offices relevant to their course of study.


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are proud to give stipends to all eligible semester and summer Kleczka students for their participation in the program. The amount of the stipend is subject to change at the determination of the Les Aspin Center.