line drawing of the US National Monument in DC

Washington Summer Practicum


The internship component of this program provides graduate students a unique opportunity for practical training and professional development in a chosen field of international affairs, development and public policy. The internship encourages students to gain in-depth knowledge of an organization and its relation to certain issues and policy processes, to define and pursue your own career aspirations, and to network for the future.  It requires a minimum of 250 hours over a period of at least 7 weeks.  This usually means working at least four days per week.  Most students stay on past the completion of the seminar in July to continue their internship. 

For international students, work authorization is required. Details are available on the Center for International Services.

Washington Summer Practicum students have interned at over 200 different offices in Washington DC including:

  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Creative Associates International
  • Embassy of Mexico
  • Human Rights First
  • InterAction
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Peace Corps
  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • The Eastern Congo Initiative
  • The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • The U.S. Department of Defense 
  • The Wilson Center
  • U.S. Army Futures Command
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Vital Voices
  • World Wildlife Fund