DEADLINES: 

The earlier you apply for an internship, the greater likelihood that you will receive an offer and be placed in your ideal organization. Make sure that you apply at least one semester before you plan on doing an internship. 

The final deadline for uploading your application form and resume is three weeks before the first day of final examinations in the preceding semester. For example, if you wish to intern in the fall semester, your last day to apply is three weeks before the first day of final exams for the summer semester. 

Note: For Washington, D.C. students, summer internships are very competitive and many students apply for the same position. For Washington, D.C. students, the deadline for applying for a Summer internship is March 1st.

Students earn six credit hours of upper-level political science credit upon successful completion of the program.

Three credit hours are earned for the placement itself and three credit hours are earned through an internship seminar course during the fall or winter semester.  Students must complete both components to earn credit.  Scholarship money is available to qualified applicants to assist with the cost of living in Washington, DC.

What will I get out of it?

We offer students the opportunity to intern in the nation's capitol so you can learn important skills and make contacts that will last a lifetime. The experience you gain from our program will help to open the doors as you compete for future employment and for admission to law and graduate school. In fact, our alumni network in Washington is a fabulous resource for former interns who wish to make a career shift and learn about ongoing opportunities in the beltway area.

  • Washington, D.C. offers students a wealth of internship options from governmental agencies, embassies, lobby firms, political organizations, as well as congressional offices.
  • Responsibilities of interns vary depending on the placement situation. Students work five days per week at organizations that have agreed to provide meaningful "hands-on" academic experiences. At these offices you will have such daily responsibilities as interviewing clients, researching proposals, drafting documents, attending meetings, and arranging presentations.
  • Our capitol is fun to work in with easy Metrorail access to top-notch museums, the National Mall, sporting and entertainment events so that you will find a variety of activities no matter what your interests.
  • Many organization require a background check for security purposes (e.g.  Department of Defense, State Department,...) so applicants need to submit their materials EARLY to avoid ineligibility.

Where would I intern?  What would I do?

  • Washington, D.C. offers students a wealth of internship options from governmental agencies, embassies, lobby firms, political organizations, as well as congressional offices.
  • Responsibilities of interns vary depending on the placement situation. Students work five days per week at organizations that have agreed to provide meaningful "hands-on" academic experiences. At these offices you will have such daily responsibilities as interviewing clients, researching proposals, drafting documents, attending meetings, and arranging presentations.
  • Our capitol is fun to work in with easy Metrorail access to top-notch museums, the National Mall, sporting and entertainment events so that you will find a variety of activities no matter what your interests.
  • Many organization require a background check for security purposes (e.g.  Department of Defense, State Department,...) so applicants need to submit their materials EARLY to avoid ineligibility.

How can I be sure this is right for me?

  • Our office works with you to find the job that is right for YOUR goals and career path. We welcome all strong candidates to apply immediately so that there will be sufficient time to process security clearances for top level placements.
  • Students earn six credit hours of upper-level political science credit upon successful completion of the program. Three credits are earned in the placement site and three credits are earned through a seminar class that is offered in the fall and winter semesters.
  • Students must complete both components to earn credit
  • At the end of the summer you will have a portfolio of learning and important references which you can draw upon as you consider employment or application to law or graduate school.

What Does it Cost?

  • You will be required to pay six credit hours tuition, based upon your registration status as either a UM-Dearborn student, in-state resident, or out-of-state resident. Tuition rates are based upon the schedule listed in the University Announcement and described at UM-Dearborn Registration and Records website.
  • Housing costs are a separate component.

Where would I stay?

  • Students in the Washington, D.C. Internship Program are housed through arrangements with George Washington University.  George Washington University is accessible to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station where there is easy access to placement organizations.
  • Students may arrange their own housing or they are welcome to use our housing arrangement through George Washington University.
  • The universities are accessible to the metro station and there is easy access to restaurants, banks, supermarkets, shopping, and transportation.
  • Housing costs are announced in February each year by GWU.

How do I apply?

Please use our online application form and the resume template link "Resume Builder."  Uploaded resumes must be in a Word document format.

Public Affairs Internship

2152 (Prof. Nancy Kursman) and 2148 (Patty Raredon)
Social Sciences Building
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