Prepare for the Job Market

In the Washington Semester Program, you will gain substantive real-world skills while doing rewarding work as a DC intern. In addition, you will expand your network and acquire valuable experience that gives you an edge to compete in the job market. 

Professional Training

Step 1: Resume & Cover Letter

We work with you to develop a professional resume and cover letter to optimize your work, volunteer history, and academic achievements.

Step 2: Interview Training

From an elevator pitch to practice questions to mock interviews and dress code, we provide group training and individual coaching.

Step 3: Secure an Internship

Our Experiential Education Director helps students engage with hundreds of DC employers. Every semester WSP hosts an on-site internship fair and students have access to a database of over 3,000 active opportunities.

Step 4: Ongoing Support

We engage with you throughout the semester, preparing you for what to expect in the workplace and providing solutions to challenges you may face.

WSP Interns Develop Real-World Skills

In the Washington Semester Program you see firsthand how policies are made or how organizations are run. You build a professional network while developing the skills employers seek. These skills and professional work habits build the confidence and motivation to launch your career after graduation.

DC intern in front of US Capitol

Capitol Hill

• Research bills on behalf of legislative staff
• Respond to constituent letters and phone calls
• Attend congressional hearings

DC intern

Voice of America

• Research and publish stories
• Fact-check stories from editorial staff
• Edit video and audio clips

DC Intern

Center for American Progress

• Research race policy and current events
• Meet with race policy influencers
• Manage social media accounts

DC Intern

1776 (Startup)

• Manage social media accounts
• Conduct market/audience research
• Engage in digital branding for development

Areas of Interest: Where Will You Intern?

We have hundreds of internship openings and thousands of internship leads. Here's a sampling:

The Arts

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Kennedy Center
  • Dupont Underground
  • Washington Ballet

Business

  • World Bank
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • US Trade Development Agency
  • Better Business Bureau

Digital Media

  • Shining Red Films
  • Cotton Canary
  • Story Partners
  • FIN Digital

Education

  • US Department of Education
  • Special Olympics
  • DC Public Schools
  • AMIDEAST

Environment

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Nature Conservancy

Foreign Policy

  • World Embassies
  • US State Department
  • Brookings Institution
  • United Nations Foundation

Government/Politics

  • US Congress
  • DNC/RNC
  • No Labels
  • Emily’s List

Healthcare

  • American Red Cross
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Malaria No More
  • National Center for Health Research

IT

  • Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Digital Promise
  • House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Coding it Forward

Journalism

  • Voice of America
  • NBC
  • BBC
  • C-SPAN

Law

  • US Department of Justice
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • American Bar Association
  • International Law Institute

Social Justice

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Mil Mujeres