Internship Site Examples

Senator Maria Cantwell

Maria Cantwell has served in the United States Senate since 2001, serving the state of Washington. She previously served in the Washington House of Representatives the U.S. House of Representatives. She is currently the chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Congressman Frelinghuysen

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen is serving his eleventh term as the Representative for New Jersey's 11th Congressional District. In the 114th Congress, Frelinghuysen serves as New Jersey's senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and on three key appropriations subcommittees: Energy and Water Development, Homeland Security and Defense, where he serves as Chairman.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research

White House Initiative on American Indian & Alaska Native Education

The Initiative, located within the Department of Education, seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these dif

United States Trade Representative

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency that negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations. We also meet with governments, with business groups, with legislators and with public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and to discuss the President's trade policy positions.

Senator Hirono

'After serving more than a decade in the House, I was elected lieutenant governor in 1994. I led an effort to revamp Hawaii’s workers’ compensation insurance laws, saving businesses millions.

Senator Patty Murray

As Washington state’s senior Senator, Patty Murray has a proven track record spanning more than two decades of fighting for Washington statefamilies in the United States Senate.


A SIWP student with then-Senator Obama when she interned in his office.
A SIWP student with then-Senator Obama when she interned in his office.

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. 


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