Navigating the DC Internship Ecosystem

Published: Nov 5, 2021
Contributor: Michelle Chin
License: CC BY NC ND 4.0 license – Allows redistribution but no additions or revisions to content. Forbids commercial use.

Students face an exciting array of internship options in Washington, DC that include public and private sector organizations engaged in domestic and international policymaking and politics. Navigating this ecosystem can be challenging for students and their advisors. This chapter provides faculty advisors with useful, practical information about the internship search, preparing for the DC experience, finding housing, and living in DC. Additional information about starting and managing a campus-, college- or departmental program-affiliated internship program is also provided. Helpful tips for finding a DC internship, descriptions of internship types, a comparison of four existing standalone internship programs, a budget worksheet, and housing, eating, and transportation considerations, are included as Supplemental Internship Resources for easy reference.

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