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Students who participate in the DC Internship Program have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by interning in our nation’s capital, an important center for international studies, communications, political science, journalism, business and the arts and many other endeavors. All majors are encouraged to participate, and because students intern for an organization of their choice, there are many opportunities for students to customize the experience to their needs and goals. 

Students will receive 4-6 units of elective credit for their DC internship. This is in addition to any other coursework that they wish to complete while in Washington.

Application Process

As part of your International Programs Application in Wavenet, you will be directed to the Internship Application Form. Please complete the form along with your application.

If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the IP Office with a request to schedule an in-person interview (or a virtual interview if you are abroad). You will be asked to send an updated resume no later than 24 hours before the interview. If you are not selected, we will also send you an email to let you know that you are not being considered at this time. Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

In addition to the normal International Programs application criteria, your acceptance into an internship program will also take your previous work and internship experience into consideration.

Program Dates

May 10, 2023 - July 14, 2023

Dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.


Tuition: $1,955 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Room & Board: $5,562



Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy
    • Due January 20, 2023
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary
    • Programs departing in May 2023: Due March 17, 2023
      • **For summer students also enrolled in an AY program, please contact IP regarding your HCF submission due date in order for it to be valid for both/all programs.

Course Requirements

6 unit minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

NPM 301 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3)

GE: Cultural Competence

This course examines the role of nonprofit organizations in meeting human service needs in the United States. Students will learn unique, effective nonprofit management styles, including historical and philosophical foundations of nonprofit organizations and the role of faith-based programs. Human resource development and supervision, program planning, nonprofit marketing, and risk management.


WAIN 495 Washington, DC Internship (6) 

Supervised internship experiences in offices and agencies in the Washington, DC area. Interns work full-time in governmental offices, offices of associations seeking to influence government, public policy think tanks, news-gathering agencies, or other offices related to students’ interests and majors. Internships are for 14 weeks (spring semester) or 9-10 weeks (summer session). Students will be required to take part in an orientation program, keep daily and weekly journals, and write a major paper in which they reflect on their experiences. Offered only in Washington, DC.

Faculty in Residence


For more information regarding Faculty in Residence, contact Dr. Fiona M. Stewart


Last Updated: 08.16.22