Mailing Address: Mentorship Program 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016
Imagine spending two days a week at BBC News, or at Rock the Vote, or even at the US Senate. Think of its impact on your understanding of world issues, how it might change your outlook on your major, or what it could mean for your future. When you join the Washington Mentorship Program, this can happen!
WMP students participate in a Mentored Field Practicum (MFP) where students intern two days a week and meet as a class once a week or once every other week. Your MFP professor serves as your mentor—and guides you on academic matters and in your practicum.
In your MFP class, you read professional articles, write papers, and keep a journal. Additionally, you meet with your professor regularly in one-on-one meetings to discuss your experience. The end result: You gain the skills, experience, and contacts necessary to maximize your education and your knowledge of DC as a learning laboratory as well as a world-class city.
Regardless of your intended major, you should find an internship that fits your interests. WMP students are given the tools to secure an internship. Searching for an internship is a key skill developed through the practicum course. Over the summer, students are given access to resume resources and work with program staff to fine-tune their resumes in June and July. Students are then given access to the Internship Database, which has one of the largest collections of internship offerings in the DC area. On the first day of class, students attend the school's Internship Fair, where they can meet with over 100 internship sites. Students also work with the WMP office and their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure an internship.
Here is just a small selection of the Mentored Field Practicum organizations of the fall 2016 class:
1776 Startup Incubator
American Red Cross
Black Student Fund
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
Democratic National Committee
Embassy of Panama
EmeraldPlanet & The EmeraldPlanet TV
First Book Publisher Relations
InterFather Conference of Metropolitan Washington
IONA Senior Services
Library of Congress
Mil Mujeres Legal Services
National Museum of the United States Navy
PBS' To the Contrary
Republican National Committee
Spina Bifida Association
St. Columba's Nursery School
US Department of Justice
US Small Business Administration
Youth for Understanding
QUOTE FROM A STUDENT
“Getting an internship as a
freshman is probably one of the best things you can do when it comes to
college. The work experience is so rewarding and helpful.” – Pooja Mathur, WMP 2014