Washington, DC  Ÿ  June 2 – July 27, 2018


Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 7

Final Deadline: March 13


**Full-Tuition Scholarship Funding Available – See Below for Details**


Apply to the 2018 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs and be a part of solving our nation’s most pressing challenges.

It is an important time to be in Washington, DC, now more than ever. It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you sit on, there are many challenges confronting our nation. This summer, you can work to address these issues in the city where front page news is made every day.

Programs are offered in following fields:

 Program Components:

  • ·         Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, NGO, government agency, major corporation, media outlet or PR firm.
  • ·         Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on economics and government for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog.
  • ·         Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on salient issues of U.S. policy with prominent scholar-practitioners, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, Federal Reserve, Capitol Hill, embassies and various federal agencies.
  • ·         Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including congressional staff members, think tank experts, lobbyists, and other professionals to learn about career paths in public policy, international affairs , journalism and the nonprofit sector. 
  • ·         Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts. 
  • ·         Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.
  • ·         Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Full scholarships are available through the Leadership Scholars Program – click here for details.

This Could be You:

“My internship at The Washington Council of Lawyers was everything I wanted in a summer internship. The organization works to ensure everyone, regardless of income has access to a justice system. I was able to learn about the legal profession and public-interest law. The opportunities I have been afforded will greatly benefit me in my future legal career.”

Jacklyn Rogers, Southern Oregon University

Intern, Washington Council of Lawyers

“The Institute on Political Journalism has given me the opportunity to experience what being a journalist is really all about. This summer has taken what I have learned on my college campus and applied it to working in the real world. I've been able to help cover things such as the James Comey hearing, a press conference by President Donald Trump's lawyer, the Congressional Baseball Game, the Equality March, and so much more. I never would have had these incredible experiences without this program.”
Elizabeth Elkin, University of Alabama
Intern, German Press Agency

Please click here to read more Alumni testimonials.

Leadership Scholars Program:

Through this program, The Fund for American Studies is able to provide at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in participating in the summer institutes in Washington, DC. Students with strong academic records, and who are active on their campus/and or community are encouraged to apply. Please for full application criteria and instructions.

Applicants not selected for one of the full scholarships will automatically be considered for one of the partial scholarship awards available through our general scholarship fund.


Application Instructions:

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 13, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 7Priority Deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.


Application requirements include a topical essay, statement of purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here:

Please visit  for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to or202.986.0384.