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Please read the entire article to see the many scholarships that are available. We encourage you to apply for those you are interested in.



Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and held at Georgetown University, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, courses for academic credit, professional development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts. Students choose between two tracks – public policy and political journalism.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of November 1, 2010, but students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline in order to receive 5% off the tuition balance and priority consideration for scholarship awards and internship placement. There is a substantial amount of scholarship funding available, and awards are made based on financial need and merit.
Capital Semester combines hands-on professional experience for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience. This fast-paced, residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

  • Internships – Competitive placements with top sites in Washington, DC.
  • Classes – 12 transferable credits from Georgetown University
  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished Capitol Hill apartments in the heart of D.C.
  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top policy and industry experts
  • Site Briefings – At the World Bank, State Department, Pentagon and Federal Reserve
  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
  • Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around of the world
  • Scholarships – Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need

For more information and an online application, please visit our website Should you have any questions, please email Dana Faught at [email protected] or call 1-800-741-6964.

2. 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 six 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

Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES)

Since it was established in 1970, nearly 4,000 students have attended ICPES. This Institute is intended primarily for students interested in careers in government, international affairs, public policy and academia. Students take courses which offer a thorough understanding of the American political tradition and exposure to market economics through comparative study. In addition to courses, students intern on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, think tanks, political groups or international affairs organizations. In 2008, ICPES added an international affairs track as an answer to increased student interest in U.S. foreign policy.

The Institute was named in 1994 in honor of successful entrepreneur John Engalitcheff, in recognition of his commitment to freedom and his generous bequest to TFAS. Students attending the Institute are inspired by his example to make a difference in the world.

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 Business and Government Affairs (IBGA)

The First Amendment guarantees the right "to petition the government for redress of grievances," a right vital to a free society. IBGA exposes students to the processes by which business exercises this important right. Through academic study, internships in corporate governmental affairs offices and trade associations, and in panel discussions with leaders in the profession, students gain an appreciation for the essential interplay between business and government, and its effect on our nation's future.

The Institute was established in 1990 and was named in honor of Bryce Harlow until 2006. Harlow was a man who exemplified integrity throughout his career as one of Washington's first corporate government affairs representatives.

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.


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 ACHS/WII Internship Program. Since spring 2005, 118 ACHS students received merit-based scholarships through WII. This fall, one of our Pi Gamma Mu members, Runyararo Jokomo from the Kansas Alpha chapter at Southwestern College, was accepted into their program.

For over 20 years, WII has been a leader in the field of experiential education, providing students with real world experience while challenging them through theoretical reflection and academic coursework. In designing the WII programs we have made every effort to provide a quality internship program that provides powerful learning experiences for students. There are several reasons for WII's success:

Individualized, personal attention

Because of our small size, we interact with all students personally and individually. Simply put, we know every student and keep in close touch with them before, during, and after their participation in the program. We are the only DC internship program where key administrators also teach the students.

Economical package of services

Our personalized internship placement process, housing, student activities, and academic creditworthy classes are not only unmatched in Washington, but are also provided at an economical cost.

Substantive opportunities for all majors

WII's students intern four days per week, full-time, thereby gaining greater professional experience than in other programs. WII students receive substantive assignments and are fully integrated into the professional environment.

The "Capital Experience" internship program welcomes all majors and allows students the greatest variety in choosing the internship that best fits their interests. For example, communications majors have interned with media outlets, economics majors have interned with think tanks, pre-law students have interned in the legal system. An elective class makes Washington, DC their classroom.

The "Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars" internship program gives students an unparalleled opportunity: interning and doing substantive work at a host of international organizations, including foreign embassies, nonprofits and the State Department, while taking a "practical" International Relations course from a retired U.S. diplomat with extensive academic experience.

Their newest internship program, "Go Green!" is geared towards students from environmental Protection Agency and National Wildlife Federation while simultaneously experiencing meaningful lectures and site visits in these fields.

If interested, contact Dr. Mary Ryan at [email protected] or 202-833-8580. Their website is

3. Institute for Humane Studies

Public Policy Internships: Paid internships at more than 100 think tanks and policy organizations across the US. Our comprehensive summer program includes two career workshops in Washington, DC, and weekly lectures by academics and policy professionals. Interns receive a stipend plus housing and travel assistance. Apply by January 31.

Humane Studies Fellowships: Awards of up to $15,000 for graduate students and outstanding undergraduates pursuing academic careers whose work advances a free society. Past fellows have researched the economics of healthcare policy and how property rights regimes affect natural resources allocation. Apply by December 31.

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.

4. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

Final Deadline is December

The Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and over 40,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

For over 35 years, TWC has helped students gain valuable experience, and helped set them on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities. Alumni of TWC are leaders in virtually every field – public service, journalism, business, law, medicine, education, and more. You could also study abroad in London, England or Sydney, Australia.

Washington, D.C. is like no other city in the world. It's beautiful, filled with amazing people and a center of culture, thought, the arts, politics, and science. Public policy, criminal justice, international affairs, journalism, or business –you will get access to an internship that fits your interests, goals and dreams. This is substantive work – you could assist in a trial, write a business plan, or help produce a broadcast. It's a great way to launch a career. TWC will combine your internship with a weekly academic course and the Leadership Forum, featuring distinguished speakers, interview and tours. It's a great way to learn. Check out the programs at
Faculty can get involved with The Washington Center's Academic Seminars in a number of ways:

  • Promote TWC programs on your campus to students who are particularly interested in the topics covered by their seminars or to student just looking for a short, in-depth experience in Washington, D.C.

  • Include TWC seminars in the curriculum of one of your classes and bring that class to Washington, D.C. for one or two weeks (or in a customized program)

  • Apply to act as a Faculty Leader. As a Faculty Leader you will be assigned to work with a group of about 15 students during the seminar. The students can be either your own students or students from other institutions.

  • Apply to participate in the seminars as a Faculty Fellow, taking advantage of the programming with the freedom to choose sites among the arranged site visits. Faculty fellows receive a discount on the cost of the program

Faculty Leaders are chosen for their exceptional teaching skills. They are assigned to work with 10-15 students for the duration of the seminar. Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate small group discussions

  • Serve as advisors and mentors for seminar participants

  • Recommend a grade for each student

  • Work with your own students if you bring a minimum of 10 students from your school

Leaders receive a stipend for their work during the seminars.



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