International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.


1.  LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. in Washington, DC

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and the Washington Internship Institute (WII) are pleased to announce that all inducted student members of ACHS societies are eligible to receive a $500 merit-based scholarship for the Washington Internship Institute (WII).  Since spring 2005, WII has awarded over 140 ACHS/WII scholarships.  Pi Gamma Mu has been a member of ACHS since 1953.

Summer 2013

  • Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in DC
  • Early Deadline: December 5, 2012
  • Scholarship Funding Available

Spend a summer in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college.  The comprehensive programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies include a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in downtown Washington.


We've been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.


Who you know does matter - especially when it comes to your future job search. Our programs are designed to allow students to make valuable professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. You can participate in a mentor program, and attend professional development seminars as well as roundtable discussions and networking receptions with program alumni.


Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths while enjoying a vibrant arts and culture scene. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums, many musical and theatre performances, as well as sports events. You can explore DC and meet fellow program participants through program-planned social activities including a guided tour of the monuments, a day trip to Mt. Vernon, canoeing on the Potomac River, and outing to the National Zoo.


Earn up to 9 academic credits from the DC Metro Area's George Mason University. Mason was recently ranked #1 Up and Coming University by U.S. News and World Report. Each program has a curriculum that is designed to complement the internship experience.


You will have a front row seat to a variety of exclusive briefings and uniquely D.C. events, allowing you to further explore your career field, make important professional connections and have fun while doing so.  You will have the chance to attend once-in-a-lifetime tours and hear from leaders within such powerful institutions as the State Department, U.S. Congress, White House, World Bank and CIA.


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 5, 2012 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to Jennifer Fantin at [email protected] or 202.986.0384.

The Fund for American Studies

Several other opportunities are available each year which are sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University.  You can check out these programs at (search for Washington DC Programs).

The Fund for American Studies sponsors institutes for undergraduate students and one for law students in Washington, D.C. These Institutes prepare young people for leadership in the life of their communities and the nation by providing them with opportunities in the nation's capital for enlightenment and enrichment.

The Institutes are intense, combining lectures, coursework, internships, evening lectures and site briefings at key institutions of national government. Each Institute offers courses for academic credit. Through the internships, students gain practical experience that prepares them for their careers. Learn more about our DC Institutes at

Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ)
The quality of public discourse in a free society depends heavily on the accuracy of information provided by the news media. IPJ was established in 1985 to ensure that future journalists apply basic ethical principles to their reporting and have the tools to accurately cover issues involving economic concepts.

The Institute selects many of the best undergraduate journalism students in the country to attend this Institute each summer, where they attend classes in economics and ethics and serve in internships in major news organizations. Participants also attend events at the National Press Club and regular briefings at principal news sites such as Congress, the U.S. State Department and the Federal Reserve Board.

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS)
The American traditions of philanthropy and volunteering are unrivaled. However, the wealth generated by our free society is oftentimes used in ways that either ignore or undermine America's core values.

The first project of IPVS educates students in ways consistent with the American traditions of philanthropy and individual responsibility. Students deepen their understanding of the history and ethics of philanthropy, while gaining valuable experience working in community organizations and foundations.

Legal Studies Institute (LSI)
LSI gives first year law students direct exposure to the American legal system and constitutional principles. A ten-week summer program, LSI combines summer associate positions, academic coursework for credit, networking opportunities, and career development activities. Participants of the program have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the legal profession - enabling them to build a valuable professional network as they enter careers in the law. 

Capital Semester on Political Journalism (CSPJ)
Experience counts in the competitive field of journalism, and there is no better place to gain valuable reporting, writing and editing skills than the number one news town in the world. CSPJ is a 15-week program designed for students looking for professional, hands-on training in print or broadcast journalism, politics or public relations. Students enrolled in the program earn credit at Georgetown University and attend exclusive site briefings with journalists, politicians and policy makers.

Other summer programs offered are International Affairs and Economics, Political Journalism and Communications , and Public Policy and Economics. International programs will be held in the Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong and Chile.

Please click on this link to request an informational brochure at:


Also available is the James Madison Fellowship, which is a national program offering graduate fellowships in every state. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.  The Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree.

Senior Fellowships are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes.  Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree. 

The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree.  James Madison Fellows can attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States.  Each individual entering the program will be expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following:

  1. Master of Arts degree in American history or political science (government and politics)
  2. Master of Arts in Teaching degree concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions and political theory.
  3. Master of Education degree or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

The Fellow's proposed plan of graduate study should contain substantial constitutional course work.  Fellows are encouraged to choose institutions which offer courses that closely examine the origins and development of the U.S. Constitution, the evolution of political theory and constitutional law, the effects of the Constitution on society and culture in the United States, or other such topics directly related to the Constitution.

Whatever institution and whichever degree a Fellow selects, at least 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of constitutional study must be part of the Fellow's program.  The institution should accept the six credits earned at Georgetown University by the Fellow at the Foundation's Summer Institute on the Constitution.  For more information, check out their Web site:


Humane Studies Fellowships: If you need funding for the 2013-2014 academic year, consider applying for a Humane Studies Fellowship (HSF), offered by the Institute for Humane Studies. Applications will be accepted from now until January 31. HSF provides a renewable award of up to $15,000 per year for current and prospective graduate students committed to the principles of liberty; and the award goes beyond funding—fellows also receive:

  • Publishing advice
  • Assistance navigating the academic job market
  • Access to invitation-only colloquia
  • Substantive input from current leading thinkers of the classical liberal intellectual tradition

Eligibility: Successful applicants will be full-time graduate students or prospective graduate students planning to begin studies in 2013, and outstanding undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a scholarly career. Students in any discipline are eligible to apply. For more information, visit Begin your application here. Note: If you apply by January 5th, you waive the $25 application fee by using the code HSFJan5 upon submission.

The Hayek Fund for Scholars provides awards of up to $750 to graduate students and untenured faculty members for career-advancing activities. The award is open to graduate students who intend to pursue academic careers and untenured faculty members whose academic work contributes to the understanding of the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society or to the understanding of the classical liberal or libertarian tradition.

IHS Summer Seminars provide an opportunity to learn about classical liberal ideas, such as individual rights and free markets, and apply these ideas to topics in history, economics, philosophy and many other disciplines. Choose from 11 weeklong, interdisciplinary seminars that vary according to topic complexity, career path, and academic interest.

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

Advance your career while advancing liberty!

The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program combines a paid public policy internship with two career and policy seminars. Fellows gain real-world experience, take a crash course in market-based policy analysis, and acquire the professional skills necessary to effect change. Participating internship hosts include more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States. Deadline for this program is January 31, 2013.

As one of 80 Koch Summer Fellows, you will work with others on research projects throughout the summer and make lifelong friends from among the many Fellows who share your interest in ideas. You will also join the network of more than 900 program alumni succeeding in policy, journalism, legal, business, and academic careers. For more information, please check here.

Harper Internship Program

The Harper Internship Program invites talented and passionate liberty advocates into the center of the liberty movement as IHS team members. As an IHS intern, you can customize your experience—from start and end dates to specific departments and projects, the Harper Internship Program gives you the opportunity to choose the experience that will position you to succeed in your career.

IHS offers internships in every department within our organization and provides all participants with:

  • Competitive daily stipend of $58
  • Access to books and other publications on economics, history, philosophy, and more
  • Networking opportunities with liberty-friendly individuals and organizations

Options for Interns

Interns can join a range of teams including conference management, Learn Liberty, marketing, operations and hiring, network relations, and more. Interns often find opportunities to offer program suggestions to senior staff members, and participate in IHS all-staff meetings and internal book discussions.  For more information, see


Dates for the 2013 eight-week program will be posted on this space in the near future. All BSOS departments and centers are invited to participate. Application materials will be posted to the SRI Web site in December, and the deadline date (post-mark date) for submission of application forms and all associated documentation will be posted as soon as it is available, on or around February 2013.


City Hall Fellows is a Teach For America-style leadership training program that simultaneous serves as a mini-think tank for our partner local governments.  Our primary initiative is a 12-month-long, post-college, pre-graduate school Fellowship program that integrates hands-on, full-time experience inside local government with intensive training in how cities work and the people, issues and organizations that influence local policy.  Our Fellows spend their service year working on high-need government-run initiatives in cities where they have personal ties.

Hands-On Work Experience Inside Local Government    
City Hall Fellows groups Fellows in cohorts within a partner city or metropolitan region.  During their service year, each Fellow works full-time as a special project assistant for a senior local government administrator or official.  Fellows are matched to work placements based on the host government's immediate needs and the Fellow's skills.  Our placement process ensures that new talent is spread throughout government agencies, not concentrated solely in high-profile political offices. Check out the Fellows' pages to see the types of placements our Fellows have and the work they do.

Intensive Civic Leadership Training
The year-long Fellowship starts with a 3-week orientation designed and run by City Hall Fellows that grounds Fellows in the cultural, social and political history of their host community and prepares them for the fellowship year.  Thereafter, Fellows gather weekly for a half-day to participate in our intensive, proprietary Civic Leadership Development Program (CLDP).  Facilitated by a City Hall Fellows employee, the CLDP takes Fellows on a structured exploration through the context and operations of local government.  Fellows learn about the structure of their host government (including budgets, civil service, labor and unions, and the governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental organization which regulate, impact or provide public services to or within that community), the services the host government provides, the hosts government's policy-making process, and the relationship and interactions between both local and state and local and federal government.  Networking and engaged reflection are built into this curriculum.  Through guided discussions with policy-makers, policy-influencers and subject matter experts, behind-the-scenes site tours, reading assignments, and hands-on practice with policy-making (in the form of service projects).  Fellows develop the knowledge, skills and network necessary to become effective local civic leaders.

An application is available here:
The Fellowship is open to students of ALL majors. A detailed overview of the Fellowship opportunity, as well as application materials and instructions, are on their Web site, For more information, contact Bethany Henderson, founder and executive Director, City Hall Fellows, [email protected] or



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