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Washington Semester Summer Internship Program

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Washington Semester Program

This summer, if you will have completed your sophomore year of college, you have the opportunity to gain professional skills, study, and explore Washington, D.C.! Students in our program intern four days per week at a professional organization of interest to them. The fifth day you will learn about and experience first-hand current events with real-world experts, a distinguished professor, and diverse peers.

This program emphasizes experiential learning to enhance your resume, help you explore career opportunities, immerse yourself in current events, and have a wonderful summer in D.C.!

Before you arrive, an internship placement advisor with extensive internship experience will assist you in finding a position. Advisors provide resume, cover letter, and interview help, as well as suggestions of organizations for you to consider. Students complete applications independently, as is typical in D.C., but are assisted throughout the process and benefit from the program’s 60 year history and your advisor’s many personal connections.

You will learn directly from guest speakers and site visits during your weekly seminars. Students visit such places as:

  • Congress
  • The State Department
  • USAID and MCC
  • The World Bank
  • The National Press Club
  • The Supreme Court of the United States

You'll also discuss current events in active-learning style classes with students from all over the country. These innovative classes, expert instruction, guest speakers, site visits, and diverse assignments enable you to learn about professional and personal opportunities, strengthen your resume, gain real-world experience, all while earning academic credit. 

With all of Washington at your fingertips, it's the perfect time to complete an optional research project on a topic of your choosing. This is not your traditional research paper. This paper encourages you to use your access to the leading professionals in your field as you conduct first-hand interviews and collect information from the sources themselves. Your choice should reflect what you're passionate about and encourage critical thinking to help you become a specialist in your field.