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Washington DC Internship Program

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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 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

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


Tuition: $2,070 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Housing & Food: $5,811


Course Requirements

6 unit minimum requirement.
Students enrolled in INTS 480 take 4 units of WAIN 495. Students not enrolled in INTS 480 take 6 units of WAIN 495.

Summer 2024 DC Textbook List

Course Offerings

INTS 480 Global Leadership Seminar (4)

This seminar focuses on cultivating global understanding and leadership skills. Washington, DC will serve as a broader classroom where students will have the opportunity to study and work on issues that are shaping the future of the nation and our world. The course will look at the dynamics that shape leadership, power and influence in different geographic, political and cultural environments. The course will focus on self-assessment of leadership strengths and weaknesses, the formation of a personal leadership vision and the key professional and cultural competencies needed for global leadership. (Taught only in the Washington, DC program)

WAIN 495 Washington, DC Internship (4 or 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.



There will be no faculty-in-residence for the summer 2024 Washington, D.C. internship program. This program will be run by the local DC campus faculty and staff.

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


Last Updated: 08.08.23