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June 3 - July 28, 2017

Spend 8 weeks in the nation’s capital with 70 students from around the country and world who are all passionate about politics, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of the news business. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. The Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) will give you an insider’s view of Washington, and by the end of the summer you may be ready to call DC home!

When you picture your future, do you see yourself covering the campaign trail, reporting on current events or developing a strategic marketing plan for a corporate client? If so, this 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. In fact, employers give twice as much weight to graduates' work experience as to their academic credentials, according to a 2012 survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education as noted in a November 13, 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal.

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 academic 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.

IPJ consists of the following major components:

  • LIVE: Furnished housing on George Washington University’s campus, just steps from the White House and Department of State, as well as the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station.
  • LEARN: Academic courses in economics and ethics with credit earned through George Mason University. Classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, conveniently located just four Metro stops away from student housing.
  • INTERN: Internships with newspapers, online publications, magazines, public relations firms, as well as television and radio stations throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.
  • CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures featuring working journalists, editors and communication professionals as well as networking events and much more!


Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your summer in DC an experience to remember:

  • Roommate matching with other institute students based upon compatibility criteria.
  • Easy access to the safe and affordable Metro train and bus system.
  • Full access to campus resources, including libraries, computer labs and much more.
  • Comprehensive orientation to the program, campus and the city upon your arrival.
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about your internship placement, financial aid and general questions in the months leading up to the program.
  • Professional development seminars on topics including job searching, public speaking and networking.
  • A mentor program where you are matched with a DC professional in your field of interest of interest.
  • Continued staff support while you are in Washington to ensure that you have an amazing experience. In addition to the full time, year-round program staff who will get to know you and help you throughout the summer, there will be alumni living in housing and serving as Program Advisors.
  • Planned social events where you can connect with almost 400 other student leaders participating in LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs. These events may include: trivia night, a trip to a Nationals baseball game, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac and a trip to Mt.Vernon.
  • An active network of over 16,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the tabs to your left to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application any time by clicking the "Apply Now” link on the left-hand menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see “Contact Us” for details on how to reach us.

"During my internship I covered briefings on Capitol Hill, interviewed members of Congress and covered a luncheon with the president. I gained a better understanding of how our government works. The experience was truly incomparable."

Kaitlyn Ridel, University of Dayton
Intern, Hispanic Link News Service


Program Dates
Students should plan to arrive on Saturday, June 3. Students will be allowed to check into their on-campus apartments at between 10:00am - 2:00pm. Orientation activities will be planned for that evening and during the next few days. Students will be required to move out of the apartments on Friday, July 28 by 11:00am. Further details on arrival logistics, registration and orientation will be provided as the summer approaches.

2017 General Weekly Schedule
This schedule is only meant to give an idea of the summer’s general structure.  It is subject to change according to events and briefings. You will receive updated weekly calendars in class and by e-mail throughout the summer. The schedule, while very rigorous, is designed to provide you with a maximum of opportunities. 

9:00AM – 5:00PM       Internships

9:00AM – 3:30PM        Internships
4:30PM – 7:00PM         Economics for the Citizen
7:30PM – 8:30PM        Guest Lecture Series

9:00AM – 5:00PM       Internships

9:00AM – 5:00PM       Internships

9:00AM – 11:30AM     Economics for the Citizen
1:00PM – 5:00PM       Internships

Students opting to participate in elective courses may have slightly less time at their internships. Please click here to view the Elective Course Schedule.

Saturday & Sunday
Optional Weekend Activities Provided: activities can include canoeing on the Potomac River, attending a Washington Nationals Baseball Game, or visiting a museum.

Board of Visitors

The Institute on Political Journalism board of visitors is comprised of prominent working professionals in the DC community. They voluntarily assist in the planning of and fundraising for the Institute as well as offer their support with guest lecturers and internship placement. Their focus is to ensure that all students leave with an enhanced understanding of the functionality of government and a valuable experience that will benefit their future career goals.

Randy DeCleene, Chairman
K Global Public Communications

Fred Barnes
Executive Editor
The Weekly Standard

Richard Benedetto
IPJ Professor
White House Correspondent, USA Today (ret.)

Robert Bluey
The Daily Signal

Tim Carney
Senior Political Columnist
The Washington Examiner

Jim Forbes
Comunications Director
for Rep. Mike Bost

J.P. Freire
Communications Director
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Mark Grabowski (IPJ 1997)
Journalism Professor
Adelphi University

Stephen Hayes
Senior Writer
The Weekly Standard

Mollie Hemingway
The Federalist

Tod Lindberg
Hoover Institute's Policy Review

Dave Mastio
Deputy Editorial Page Editor
USA Today

Dr. Kimberly Meltzer
Georgetown University

John Merline
Investor's Business Daily

Mark Schoeff Jr. (IPJ 1989)
Investment News

Jessica Taylor (IPJ 2005)
Political Reporter
National Public Radio

Richard Thomas
Contributing Editor (ret.)

Tal Woliner
Vice President
Story Partners

DISCLAIMER: Members of the IPJ Board of Visitors serve in a personal capacity and do not represent their listed employers.