The Washington Internship Program is a combination of work and study - places undergraduate and graduate students, or college graduates, in our nation's capital for a semester (summer, fall, or spring). Year-long internships are also available.
individual assistance with placement, writing and editing, research, and job training. Guest speakers, field trips, slide shows, and recommended readings are part of the program. Housing (both apartments and dormitories) are available through Georgetown University and other area colleges as well as three nonprofit agencies that have apartments and townhouses for interns (although interns have the option of making private arrangements if they prefer). Dr. Linda Bayer has directed the Washington Internship Program for nearly twenty years and has a Ph.D. in humanities (literature and art history), an M.A. in education, and Ed.D. clinical training in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University.
For twenty-one years, the Washington Internship Program has been placing college students, university graduates, and graduate students – from all fields of study – in exciting positions within our nation’s capital. Internships can last for an entire summer or part of it, for the fall and/or spring semesters, or a whole year. Participants come from eighty foreign countries and 760 different colleges and universities. Once in Washington, interns work in national institutions, organizations, and agencies – whether within government or the private sector – and collectively take seminars in the evening that meet at Georgetown University, WIP facilities, and throughout the city. Students also work with the director and other staff members on an individual basis for counseling and editing help.
Interns come from a diversity of backgrounds and wide age range, but many had little prior experience in their fields or were launching (or changing) careers in a tight job market. Others had remarkable preparation and came to the Washington Internship Program to secure their dream internship or solicit assistance in learning what kind of internship they might like to try. Once interns have been accepted into the Washington Internship Program, they are guaranteed a placement in their major or area of interest, and interns only apply for placements they would like to have.
After participants in the Washington Internship Program move to the D.C. area, WIP staff members supervise the internships and arrange cultural activities in conjunction with the course – which includes reading and writing assignments, slide shows, discussion seminars, guest speakers, fieldtrips, and writing workshops, interns are counseled on job-related issues, and the director serves as a liaison with personnel at work, facilitating a process of evaluation. Some internships are paid while others are unpaid, and some are unpaid initially but later provide a salary or stipend, but the Washington Internship Program also runs a job-bank to help interns find part-time paid employment once they arrive in Washington.
Guest Speakers and Field Trips
Guest speakers talk about current activities as well as past experiences, major mistakes, and insights they acquired. Chosen from different fields – the press, government, psychology, science, business, the arts, education, city planning, foreign policy or international relations, broadcasting, architecture and engineering, or communications, to name a few – these people provide perspective on breaking news stories, world developments, and economic trends. The internship Program is blessed to be working with many talented people who want to give back some of what they learned. Each year, the Washington Internship Program takes students to various events, like concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carter Baron Amphitheater, special programs at the Newseum (broadcasting museum in Virginia), and cruises on the Potomac River.
Annual Weekend Retreats
Each semester the Washington Internship Program plans at least one weekend retreat to show foreign and U.S. interns neighboring parts of our country, to address issues like international business or the threat of terrorism, to facilitate social interaction, and to contrast urban life in the District of Columbia with more rural settings.
Note: Please, do not contact us regarding these internships. We are not affiliated with the sponsoring organizations and therefore have no additional information. Sometimes the link is changed for the internships. When this happens, go to the home page of the organizers to locate information on it or contact the organization directly.
The Multicultural Advantage Internship Center maintains a constantly updated listing of a wide variety of internship programs.
To view current internship listings: Visit the Internship Center