Washington DC runs on interns, so it's the perfect place to come get an insider's look at how the most powerful city in the world really works!
At Semester in Washington Politics, your internship will complement your classroom studies by taking you behind the curtain and showing you how a Congressional office interacts with its constituents, how a lobbying firm prepares to push their agenda on the hill, how a political party gears up for the next election, or how any of the other numnerous organizations in DC really work! You'll learn the principles of legislative and electoral politics in the classroom, and get a chance to put those principles into practice during your internship!
Students may intern for academic credit or simply to gain valuable professional experience. The compensation for any internship is determined by the organization and the student involved. Most internships are unpaid.
SIWP students are expected, in most cases, to dedicate 20-30 hours per week to their internship.
The Internship Search at SIWP
After you enroll in the program, you will work with SIWP staff to find an internship that fits in with your professional goals. We will provide you with leads, connections, and advice as you go through the process. You will start by having a one-on-one consultation with our internship advisor to talk about your priorities and interests and to review your resume and other application materials. We will then draw on our connections and knowledge of opportunites in the DC area to make suggestions of where to look and of specific internships to apply for. In certain situations, we may be able to connect you directly with offices and organizations we work with on a regular basis. You will also have access to our exlusive internship database. As you apply to internships and progress through your search, we will be in communication regularly to provide additional advice and connections until you find the right opportunity.
Internship Application Deadlines
An important factor students must consider is that many internship opportunities in Washington DC operate with very strict and early application processes and deadlines. This includes many of the larger organizations, particually departments of the Federal Government (Justice Dept., State Dept, etc.) and the White House. We strongly encourage students to apply to SIWP as early as possible. Since we operate on a rolling admissions schedule, we can begin your search as soon as your enroll and with plenty of time to apply to as many opportunities as possible.