Spend your fall or spring semester gaining real-world experience while earning college credit in the nation's capital.
Come to Washington, D.C., to gain real-world experience, build your resume and sharpen your professional skills.
Recently named "America's Coolest City" by Forbes Magazine, Washington, D.C., offers a vibrant cultural scene with many free museums and impressive monuments to expand your mind. It also boasts a clean and efficient Metrorail system to get you where you need to go.
You will live blocks from the U.S. Capitol building, Library of Congress and the Supreme Court in residential apartment buildings in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive package.
• Steps away from Metrorail and bus stops
• Roommate matching with other program participants
• Resident advisors on site
• Wi-Fi and cable
• Fully equipped kitchens
Course for Credit
Earn course credit while you intern. You will be enrolled full time and earn 12 credits for the fall or spring semester. The program's academic goal is to help you explore the principles and values upon which the United States was founded. What better place to do that than in the heart of the nation's capital? Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your D.C. experience with upper-level government and economic courses that fit a wide range of interest areas.
Academic course credit is provided through the DC Metro area's George Mason University.
All students will be enrolled in the following courses:
• Upper-level Government (3 credits)
• Upper-level Economics (3 credits)
• Internship Seminar (6 credits)
Please visit www.DCinternships.org/CS for the courses available each semester.
Exclusive Guest Lectures
In addition to academic courses, Capital Semester features guest lectures that will give you a chance to learn, question and exchange business cards with leading well-connected Washington professionals. As part of our comprehensive program, these interactive vents enhance your academic and professional experience.
Guest speakers and discussion leaders include:
• Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists
• Fortune 500 executives
• Nonprofit and community leaders
• Members of Congress
• Advocates and lobbyists
• Leading economists
An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. It can lead to a full-time job, glowing letters of recommendation and important professional contacts in your field. As part of our program, you are guaranteed an internship placement in the DC area.
We've been creating academic internship experiences for more than 40 years and work with more than 300 top organizations in D.C.
Internship placements include:
• Federal agencies
• Congressional offices
• Policy groups and think tanks
• International affairs organizations
• Media outlets and public relations
• Government relations offices
• Community-based nonprofit organizations
Benefits of our internships
• Approximately 30 hours of work experience per week for 15 weeks
• Staff dedicated to finding you the ideal placement for your interests and skill set
• Firsthand exposure to the D.C. professional scene
• Customized resume and interview guidance
• Easily accessible by public transportation
Who you know does matter — especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive programs are designed so you can make valuable professional connections and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.
We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:
A Mentor Program matches you with a DC professional working in your field. Your mentor will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts
Professional Development Seminars prepare you to stand out in today's competitive job market. Topics include resume, cover letter and interviewing preparation, as well as skill building in public speaking, networking and graduate school admissions.
Roundtable Discussions and Networking Receptions with program alumni and policy experts will help you learn how to leverage your D.C. experience into a future internship or full-time job after graduation.
Site Briefings will give you behind-the-scenes exposure to some of the most influential institutions and organizations in Washington. Only a structured internship program such as ours can open this many doors.
Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2017 for the fall 2017 semester with priority scholarship consideration and a 5 percent tuition discount given to students who apply by the early deadline of March 1, 2017. The final deadline for Spring 2018 is November 5.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis with preference given to early applicants. Details on the admissions process — including tuition fees, deadlines and an online application — can be found at www.DCinternsips.org/CS
Application requirements: Official transcript • Letter of recommendation from a professor or former supervisor • Resume • Short writing samples • $25 application fee
Our programs strive to be accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship awards are granted at the time of acceptance, giving you the best picture of whether the program is financially right for you.
• Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit • Over 70 percent of students receive scholarship assistance • Existing financial aid packages may be transferred to finance participation