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Summer Internship 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.! You also gain unparalleled insight from our knowledgeable faculty. Your dedicated professor-mentor who will help you find your internship, orient you in the city, and work with you throughout the semester to provide you with guidance and advice. Depending on your status, you can earn three to six undergraduate or graduate credits in the program.

The Summer Internship Program is only available to US citizens or permanent residents. We cannot support visas for this program.

3 Credit or 1 Credit Option

3 Credit Option 1 Credit Option
Weekly guest speakers and site visits One weekly class session (75 minutes)
½ day of class sessions each week 4.5 days of internship
Customized Career portfolio assignment Personalized internship advisor/support for internship search
4.5 days of internship Participation in Professional Development Day
Personalized internship advisor/support for internship search
Participation in Professional Development Day

Program Structure

The Summer Internship Program is an academic program with two components. Students gain hands-on skills interning full-time for a professional organization in Washington, and augment their experiences through a seminar class in their field of study which meets one half day a week. The internship is definitely the way to gain experience for your résumé, but the relationship you build with your professor will help you place your experiences in an academic context and provide you with a forum to share your thoughts on the internship process.

You will submit a comprehensive portfolio of your internship experience in D.C. to your professor mentor at the end of your program. Your portfolio & internship evaluation (and research paper if you elect the six credit option) will determine your final grade.

Curriculum Choices - Internships

You receive on-the-job training with an internship in just about any field to fit your career and academic goals.

You take an active role in securing your full-time internship. With the assistance of your Washington Semester Faculty Advisor, you will interview with several organizations in your area of study. You can intern with a congressional office, the media, the courts, a museum, an interest group, or a political organization, among others. Your placement will depend on the current needs of the organization and their individual interview process. The faculty advisor uses your resume, your comments and our program's excellent reputation to make contacts with potential internship sites. However, your faculty advisor won't simply make a call and land you an internship. You will take an active part in the internship placement process. You should expect to interview over the phone or in person to secure your summer internship.

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Past site visits have included:

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