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Community Leadership & Service



Are you active in your community and campus? Are you interested in exploring a career in the nonprofit sector? If so, the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS) is the program for you. Employers are looking for recent graduates with experience, and the best way to stand out after graduation is to complete an internship and make connections now.

Washington, DC is the perfect place to start your career – the city is home to many national nonprofits as well as community organizations impacting the underserved communities of the nation’s capital.

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The Fund for American Studies has sponsored academic internship programs in Washington, DC for over 40 years. Our objective is to provide a real-world professional and academic experience for college students to help prepare them for responsible leadership in the future.

Our comprehensive package includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, furnished housing, a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. We truly provide the ultimate summer experience in Washington. Our program is also very competitively priced as compared to other DC-based programs. Click here to learn more.

Where will you live, work and attend class?

Students live in the heart of DC just steps from the White House, Department of State, World Bank and National Monuments. These furnished apartments on George Washington University’s campus are close to shops and restaurants as well as the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Click here to learn more about housing.

Classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, conveniently reached in just minutes by Metrorail from student housing and internships. Click here to learn more about academics.

Students intern at top organizations all over the Washington, DC Metro area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to travel between housing, work and class.

With IPVS, you are guaranteed an internship with a national nonprofit organization, local charity or foundation. In the classroom, you’ll explore the unique history and ethics of voluntary service in America.

The program will be held from June 3 – July 28, 2015. Click on “Get Program Details” link above to read about all of the exciting aspects of IPVS. To read about admissions, financing and frequently asked questions, use the links on the left-hand menu.

Click here to begin an online application today!

“IPVS was an eye opening and life changing experience that gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the DC culture, build professional contacts, and gain relationships with like minded students. I will look back on my summer with IPVS as one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of my life.”

Vanessa Legutko, Western Michigan University
Intern, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Area