Washington DC Internship Program

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The DC Internship Program

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 course work 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. You will complete this form, and you will be given a code to enter into your International Programs Application before you click "submit."

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 and cover letter 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 14th, 2020 - July 17th, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $4,968

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

Course Requirements

6 units minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

FA 240 Introduction to Art and Architecture (3)

GE: Fine Arts

  • Introduces students to the various media and values of the visual and plastic arts within the context of a given international setting. Through this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the art that they are exposed to while studying and living in an international location. Students will learn and employ a critical vocabulary for analyzing and responding aesthetically to the paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture that they encounter in visits to museums, art galleries, and walking tours. Offered only in international programs. Does not qualify as a course for the major in art history. 

POSC 421 Public Policy (4)

  • A study of the processes by which major domestic American public policies are made and of several substantive policy areas such as welfare, the environment, and pornography. Emphasis is on the role of beliefs and values in the making of public policies and on a comparative analysis of policy making in different policy areas.

WAIN 495 Washington, DC Internship (4-6)

  • 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 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.



Last Updated: 2.21.20