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Washington Semester Program


Finding a good internship is like finding a good job - you need to start early and work at it. The Maxwell School will provide you with the guidance you need to make the most of your time in Washington. The Maxwell in Washington program maintains a database with hundreds of exciting internships in the Washington area. For assistance, contact the Maxwell in Washington Program Coordinator, whether you're interested in general internship guidelines, or in the requirements for an internship for the Maxwell in Washington program. In addition, the Program Coordinator offers students resume and cover letter advice, a job search library, and access to many of the SU alumni who work in the Washington area. From Washington, The DC Director and Program Coordinator pursue leads, offer assistance, and describe what various organizations do and where they are located.

For more information available online, please visit the following websites:

All students who have secured an internship position for this program are required to complete the Washington Semester Program Job Description Form.

International students are required to apply for Curricular Practical Training in order to complete an internship in the US.

Maxwell-in-Washington students have interned at over 200 different offices in Washington DC including:

  • Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • Asia Society
  • Atlantic Council
  • Brookings Institution
  • Cato Institute
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Children's National Health System
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security 
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Treasury 
  • EMILY's List
  • Global Ties US
  • Heritage Foundation 
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Institute for the Study of War
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Rescue Committee's 
  • Middle East Institute
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Defense University 
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Republican National Committee
  • Squire Patton Boggs, LLP
  • Susan Davis International
  • Team Red White and Blue
  • U.S House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • Voice of America
  • White House Office of Management and Budget
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • World Wildlife Fund 

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