Make the Most of Your Summer

Be an intern at a world renowned organization while earning academic credit at a top ranked university. Over 8 weeks, you will expand your network and acquire valuable experience, distinguishing you from other students - both at your home college, and in future internships and jobs.

A summer in DC will change your understanding of the world, impacting your outlook on your studies and future career.

The Summer Internship Program has three components:

  1. A full-time internship with an organization in Washington, DC where you will gain professional skills and industry experience.
  2. Your choice of a one credit colloquium:
    Professional Development in DC
    or
    three credit colloquium in:
    U.S. Government
    Global Business
    International Affairs
    Non-Profit Careers

    See our concentrations page to view descriptions of the summer colloquia.
  3. If you enroll in a 3 credit colloquium, you will also complete a comprehensive portfolio of your internship and seminar experiences.

Credit Options

Professional Development in DC

  • One weekly class session (75 minutes)
  • 4.5 days of internship
  • Personalized internship advisor/support for internship search
  • Participation in Professional Development Day

Your choice of Colloquia in U.S. Government, Global Business, International Affairs, or Non-Profit Careers

  • Half day of class sessions each week that will feature guest speakers and site visits
  • 4.5 days of internship
  • Personalized internship advisor/support for internship search
  • Participation in Professional Development Day
  • Customized Career Portfolio Assignment of your internship and seminar experiences at the end of the term.

 

  • You can also add a research or an elective course for a total of 4 or 6 credits.

Sample Summer Schedule

During the Summer, students will be at their internships on all weekdays except for Wednesdays when they will have their internship in the morning and their seminar* in the afternoon. Look at a sample Day in the Life of a Washington Semester student.

*Length and scope of seminar will vary between the 1 and 3 credit seminar.


Recent Internship Sites

  • American Bar Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Amnesty International
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • DC Office of the Attorney General
  • Liberty Wealth Management
  • Mexican Embassy
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  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. House and Senate offices & Committees
  • Voice of America