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Deadlines and Application Submission

What are the application deadlines?

Summer Programs
December 6, 2016: Early Deadline
January 20, 2017: International Student Deadline
February 8, 2017: Priority Deadline
March 14, 2017: Final Deadline

Spring Semester Programs
October 5: Early Deadline & International Student Deadline
November 10: Final Deadline

Fall Semester Programs
March 1: Early Deadline
April 13: Priority Deadline & International Student Deadline
Final Deadline: June 1

What is the benefit of applying for the early or priority deadline?

Simply put, the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive a decision and the sooner you can start planning your summer or semester. Admissions and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis and priority consideration is given to those who apply for the early and priority deadlines. Our institute staff can also begin working on your internship placement as soon as you enroll. In some cases this can mean a faster placement process. The biggest benefit? If you complete your application for the early deadline you will receive a 5% discount on your tuition balance which can save you a few hundred dollars!

What if I am a freshman – can I apply for the summer programs early deadline?

Freshmen cannot apply for the early deadline or receive the tuition discount because they will not have any undergraduate grades available by the December deadline. If you are a freshman, you are welcome to apply for the priority and final deadlines, but keep in mind that preference will be given to sophomores and juniors.

To which Institute should I apply?

You should apply to the program that appeals the most to you. Make sure that the curriculum and internship placements most closely match your career interests. If you have questions about the various programs or are having trouble selecting a program, please contact our institute staff to discuss them. You are welcome to apply to more than one program, but you can only be accepted to one program at a time. Your application will be considered for your preferred institute first, so you must select a preference. Please note that only students currently enrolled in a law school in the U.S. are eligible to apply for the Legal Studies Institute.

Is there a GPA requirement?

There is no formal GPA requirement but in general our admissions committee looks for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher. We like to see well-rounded students who demonstrate ambition, academic ability, leadership ability, maturity, and involvement in campus and community activities. A low GPA may be compensated for with a strong resume, good recommendations, and well-written essays. The committee also weighs the strength of your curriculum and difficulty of the courses you have taken.

What are my chances of being accepted?

The admissions process is competitive, but if you have strong academic and extracurricular achievements, you have a good chance of being admitted. Admitted students come from a wide variety of schools, backgrounds, and academic majors. Since our class sizes are fixed, the number of admitted students varies on the size of the applicant pool, which is different from year to year. Our admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis and students who apply early are given preference in admissions, scholarship awards and internship placement. Something to keep in mind when you are deciding when to apply!

What year in school should I be?

The majority of the students that we accept are sophomores and juniors, as they generally have had a chance to establish themselves academically at the college level. However, each year we do accept a limited number of freshmen and seniors. The program is very rigorous so we look for freshmen with both outstanding academic records and good time-management skills. Graduating seniors are required to take the mandatory classes associated with the program even if they no longer need the credit. No classes may be audited or taken for pass/fail credit. We look for seniors who are fully committed to all aspects of the program.

The undergraduate programs are open to students 18 years or older who have completed at least one full semester of undergraduate education at a two-year or four-year institution. Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in the United States are ineligible to apply for any program. Students pursuing a Master’s Degree at an international university are eligible to apply for all programs except for the Legal Studies Institute (LSI).

Do all of my materials need to be submitted at the same time?

No. Your online application may be submitted before or after your supplemental materials are received. You may also send materials in different packages. Materials will be added to your file as soon as they are received. Please remember that your application will not be considered complete until all of your application materials are received. It is your responsibility to make sure that we have received all of your materials. You may check the status of your application materials by logging into your MyDistrict account.

Is the whole application due at the deadline or just the online portion?

Yes. Your entire application is due at the deadline. We require that online applications be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the deadline and that all supplemental materials be received by the deadline in order to qualify.

If items are postmarked by the deadline, will they still be accepted?

No. All of your materials must be received by the deadline to qualify.

How should I send my supplemental materials, by mail, email or fax?

Your official transcript must be mailed in a sealed envelope from your home university or faxed or emailed directly from the registrar. All of your other materials may be sent via mail, fax or through the online application system.

U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: (202) 318-0441
Email: admissions@tfas.org

What is the fee for applying?

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. Students may choose to apply to multiple programs, but will only incur the single $25 fee.

How do I pay the application fee?

You can pay the application fee online using a credit card when you submit your online application. The system will prompt you to select a method of payment after hitting the “submit” button. You can also pay by check mailed to The Fund for American Studies, marked Attn: U.S. Programs Admissions Committee. The check should have your name and the institute to which you are applying in the memo line.

I am applying to more than one program; do I have to choose a preference?

Yes. You are welcome to apply to up to three institutes, but you will only be accepted to one institute at a time. You will be considered for your preferred institute first, so you must select a preference.

When and how will I be notified of my admission status?

We review applications on a rolling basis and we make admissions decisions within three weeks after an application is marked complete (upon the receipt of the online application and all supporting materials). International student admissions decisions are made several weeks after the international student deadline. You will be notified by email and regular mail of your admissions decision. You can also check your admission status by logging into MyDistrict. We will not review any applications that are missing documents, so we encourage you to check online to verify that all of your materials have been received.

Application Materials

How long should my resume be?

Your resume should be one-page. We offer detailed instructions, tips, institute-specific guidelines. Please click here to access these guidelines.

What type of experiences and activities should I put in my resume?

You should include all professional experience as well as campus and volunteer activities. Your resume will be used in the admissions process and will also be sent to potential internship sites. We encourage you to refer to the Resume Guide available in the Downloadable Forms section of the application system for more tips on writing a resume.

Do I need to send an official transcript?

Yes. We require an official transcript in order for your application to be considered complete. Your transcript must be sent in a sealed envelope from your home university or emailed or faxed directly from your registrar.

U.S. Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: (202) 318-0441
Email: admissions@tfas.org

What if I have attended more than one university – should I send all the transcripts?

If your grades from past universities attended are not on your current institution’s transcript, then you must send transcripts from all previous universities. We can not accept transcripts that show “TR” to reflect transfer credit. The letter grade earned for each course must be included.

Is it okay to go over the word limit for the essays?

Sure! It’s fine to go slightly over the word limit, but please do not upload any lengthy documents.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

We require one letter of recommendation from a professor, dean,  academic advisor, or a current/past employer or internship supervisor. Students with a cumulative GPA of below a 3.0 are required to submit a letter from a professor, dean or academic advisor. Please no letters from family members or friends.

What should the letter of recommendation cover?

The letter of recommendation should include information on what makes you a strong candidate for admission to an academic internship program in Washington, D.C. Your recommender should comment on your academic performance, time management skills, leadership potential and maturity.

How many letters should I send and is there a maximum number?

We only require you to send only one letter of recommendation. Any additional letters that we receive will be added to your file.

How should my letter of recommendation be sent?

Your recommender may send the recommendation by uploading it in the online application system, or they may choose to email, mail or fax it.

U.S Programs Admissions Committee
The Fund for American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Fax: (202) 318-0441
Email: admissions@tfas.org

Scholarship Application

How are scholarship awards determined?

We award scholarships based on academic record, extracurricular achievement, leadership ability and financial need. About 70% of all students receive scholarships. We award scholarships on a rolling basis, so if you need financial assistance we encourage you to apply early.

What do I need to submit if I am applying for a scholarship?

If you are a U.S. student, you are required to complete the scholarship portion of the online application including the scholarship statement, as well as send in the appropriate personal financial materials. You can find details on what materials are required by clicking here.

If you are an international student who is NOT currently studying in the U.S. and you would like to apply for a scholarship, you are required to complete as much of the online scholarship application as possible and you MUST submit the scholarship statement.

If you are an international student currently studying in the U.S., you will have to provide documentation of any scholarship assistance you receive from your university. Additionally you will be required to submit the scholarship statement.

Can I request scholarship funding after submitting the rest of my application?

No. We make admissions and scholarship decisions at the same time, so if you need to apply for funding you must complete the scholarship application when you submit the rest of the application. If you select that you would like to apply for a scholarship, your application will not be considered complete or reviewed until we receive the personal financial materials. You may find details on these materials by clicking here.

Where do I access my Student Aid Report (SAR)?

Your SAR can be accessed through the U.S. Department of Education’s website www.fafsa.ed.gov or obtained from your home university’s financial aid office. Your PIN and password are required in order to log into the site government website. Please make sure to send us the entire SAR document as it is usually 5-6 pages in length.

I haven’t received my SAR for the next school year; can I send the one from the current school year?

Yes. It is fine to send your SAR from the current school year.

My parents don’t claim me as a dependent on their tax return – should I send my own instead?

Yes. You should send the tax return that claims you as a dependent.

I didn’t complete a FAFSA, but instead receive merit based scholarship funding – should I send proof of all grants and scholarships that I received for the current school year?

Yes. If you are receiving any funding for the current school year, including merit-based or athletic scholarships, you must send a copy of your financial aid award summary detailing any grants, loans or scholarships that you received. This does not need to be in a formal letter format, but may be a print-out from your university’s online system or a university bill that shows the breakdown of costs.

Can I use my existing financial aid package to pay for the TFAS summer or semester programs?

Yes, it is possible. Some of our students use student loans to cover the cost of the program, but the loan money must be acquired through your home college or university. Your home institution must be willing to participate in a consortium agreement in order for university certified loans to be used for the TFAS programs. We encourage you to speak with your home institution’s financial aid office early in order to begin this process. If you are interested in using your existing financial aid package you should contact program staff for help with this procedure. You may click here to read more about financing your DC experience.

International Student Applicants

Can I be accepted into the Washington, DC programs if I am an international student?

Yes. We do accept a very limited number of international students each year. The application process is very competitive due to the small number of spaces we have available.

Is there a special deadline for international students?

Yes. The international student deadline for the summer programs is January 20. If you are interested in a semester program you must submit your application by October 5 for the spring and by April 13 for the fall program.

If I am an international student but already studying at a university in the U.S., do I need to apply by the international student deadline?

If you are an international student already studying in the U.S. you can apply after the international student deadline. However, if you are a student applying for restricted scholarship funding specifically available to international students, you must apply for the international student deadline in order to be considered.

Is there scholarship funding available for international students?

Yes. There is very limited scholarship funding available to international students. Alumni of TFAS international programs will receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration. If you are an international student, you must apply by the international student deadline in order to be considered for funding.

What if I am an international student but do not have a passport yet – should I leave that question blank?

If you have yet to obtain a passport, please fill in each question of the passport section of the application with “N/A”. As soon as a passport is obtained, you must provide the number to admissions staff.

Do I need to send proof of English proficiency?

It is preferred that international students submit proof of English proficiency. A phone interview may be conducted for applicants who have not taken one of these tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 88 or higher on the internet-based exam, 230 or higher on the computer-based exam, and 570 or higher on the paper-based exam.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A score of 6.5 on the academic exam.
  • Completion of the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Exam.
  • Pearson Academic Test of English: A minimum score of 59.
  • SAT I Critical Reading/ACT-English: A score of 450 or higher on the SAT I critical reading section or an ACT-English score of 20 or higher.

International applicants who have completed a year of study at a regionally accredited university in the U.S., Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met the level of English proficiency, and do not need submit additional documentation.

Technical Problems

I am having trouble uploading a document, what should I do?

You must upload all of the required writing samples into the application system. All technical difficulties should be directed to the Hobsons-Apply Yourself technical support by clicking on the appropriate link within the system.

I can’t access the Apply Yourself system pop-ups on my computer, what should I do?

Apply Yourself utilizes pop-up windows in order to provide instructions and notify the user of any errors. We recommend that you configure your computer to allow all pop-ups from the Apply Yourself online application system.

How do I submit my online application?

Once you complete your application, you can submit it by clicking on the “submit” button at the top right of the screen. The system will provide details on any required questions that you did not answer. Please note – our admissions committee will not have access to any information that you have entered into the online system until you hit the submit button. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot make any changes to your online application.

Live

Where will I live during the TFAS program in DC?

You will live on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, DC.  The campus is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, an area of the city known for easy access to public transportation and close proximity to shops, restaurants and nightlife. The national monuments, State Department, World Bank and White House are just blocks away. You will choose between three dormitories on campus: Shenkman Hall, International House or Potomac House.

All three buildings have the following amenities:

  • Wireless internet and cable
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • 24/7 campus security
  • Nearby convenience stores, restaurants, and shops
  • Community mailroom and TV lounge

Potomac House is the standard housing option available to you. These suites are comprised of double rooms with adjoining bathrooms.  The rooms are traditional studio-style dorm rooms with a shared bathroom between four people.  Each double room is equipped with two beds, two desks, a mini fridge and microwave. All Potomac residents have access to a fully equipped kitchen located in the building’s community room as well as a TV lounge.

International House is the standard plus housing option available to you.  It was built in the 1960’s and has elevators and central air conditioning. Each studio style apartment is comprised of a double bedroom with an adjoining kitchen and bathroom. Each room comes equipped with a dining table, 2 beds, 2 desks, and 2 desk chairs. The kitchen includes a refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave. This is the ideal housing option for students who are looking to economize by preparing meals in their own kitchen.

Shenkman Hall is the premium housing option for option available to you. As a resident of Shenkman Hall, you will share a two-bedroom apartment with three other roommates of the same gender. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom as well as a door separating it from the main living area. Each apartment has a living room with a couch, a dining room with a dining table/chairs, and a fully equipped kitchen, including microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. All apartments are quads and contain two bedrooms and two bathrooms, although layouts will vary depending on the floor and room position.

For more information, please go to the housing section with the Our Programs page.

How do I get to DC?

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from Washington, DC. There are three airports, an Amtrak train station, and a bus station located in the DC area.

  • Ronald Regan National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Amtrak station Washington – Union Station, DC (WAS)
  • Greyhound/MegaBus/Bolt Bus Lines – Washington, DC (Union Station)

Can I choose to opt-out of TFAS housing?

While we strongly encourage you to live in TFAS housing, you have the option to forgo housing and locate your own accommodations for your time here in DC. Many TFAS events occur in the early morning and classes go late into the evening. Our accommodations make it easier for you to attend all required and optional events. If you are considering finding your accommodations, you must notify program staff to receive permission.

Can I bring my car?

Yes, but we highly discourage you from bringing your car. Parking is difficult to find and expensive in Washington, DC (running anywhere from $150 to $250 a month). Parking is not available at the TFAS housing building. Street parking is limited in the city and permits are not available to summer and short-term residents. The DC Metrobus and Metrorail system is safe, clean, and readily accessible in all areas of the city. If you decide to bring your car, you are responsible for arranging your own parking for your time in Washington, DC. Internship sites typically do not have parking available for interns.

What is it like to live in Washington, DC?

Washington is an exciting city, rich with culture, tradition, and history. Visitors and residents alike are surrounded by historic buildings, monuments, and museums that make this city even more appealing. With access to gallery openings, museums, landmarks, unique DC events, and music venues, you will surely find your favorite spot or activity in the District. Students often catch “Potomac Fever”, and move back to The District after graduation.

How will I get around in Washington without a car?

The DC area has one of the cleanest and most efficient public transportation systems in the world, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (see www.wmata.com for more information). You can take the Metrorail or Metrobus system to locations throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. The Foggy Bottom Metrorail stop (Blue/Orange/Silver line) is just a few blocks from your dormitory building and is on the same line as the Virginia Square-GMU station, where you will be taking classes. There are also multiple bus stops, including the L1 and H1 routes, located near to your apartment. You will need to plan on spending around $30-$40 each week for transportation costs, although the cost will vary by commute. All classes, events, and internship sites are reachable by public transportation.

Do I need to bring my computer?

While you will not need to have your own computer in class, you will need a computer for homework assignments. You will be able to access computers in multiple labs on the George Mason University Arlington campus where you will be taking classes. Wireless internet is also easily accessible at both locations.  The vast majority of internship sites provide on-site office computers for interns.

What should I bring?

You will need to bring your own bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets) and towels. You will need to provide your own kitchen amenities (pots, pans, dishware, silverware), toiletries and cleaning supplies. Feel free to pack some decorations to make your room feel more like home.

In packing clothes, be aware that Washington is very hot and humid during the summer, but can change dramatically throughout your stay in the District. Despite what the meteorologist might say, there is always a chance for an unexpected shower, so be sure to pack an umbrella or raincoat. You can wear casual clothes to class, but you must wear professional attire for both your internship and institute events. You will need to check with your office about dress code before your first day, but typically men wear coats and ties and women wear dresses, skirts, or dress slacks.

Does the program include meals?

You are responsible for your own meals throughout the program.  Apartments in Shenkman Hall and International House are equipped with full kitchens, so many students choose to cook their own meals. Potomac House has a shared kitchen, which you can use to make meals. Each room in Potomac House comes with a mini-fridge and microwave, as well.

There are several restaurants and food courts located near your apartment, including Potbelly, Sweetgreen, and the food court on the bottom floor of Shenkman Hall. There is also a Whole Foods and Trader Joes within walking distance from your apartment as well as several restaurants and a grocery store near your classes. Just outside of the Virginia Square-GMU Metro station, you’ll find a Cosi, Starbucks, 7-11, and Giant Supermarket. Einstein Bros Bagels is inside Founders Hall.

What’s the weather like in DC?

DC summers are definitely hot. The average high is 84 degrees (29 Celsius) in June, 89 degrees (31 Celsius) in July, and 87 degrees (31 Celsius) in August. Apartments and classrooms are air-conditioned. There is always a chance for rain, so come prepared to carry an umbrella.

Washington weather in the fall is very temperate. The average high is 80 degrees in September, with average low being 57 degrees. The high for October is 69 degrees with the average low being 44 degrees. November and December are chilly months with the average high in the low 50s and the lows in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s.

Spring weather is also very moderate. January and February will still be chilly, averaging highs in the mid-40s. You will see a 10 degree temperature increase in the average high and low temperatures as the spring season progresses into March, April and May.

How much money should I bring?

Washington is a relatively expensive place to live and visit, so you should plan to bring enough money to cover your meals, social expenses, transportation costs, and other shopping needs. An estimate of what we have found students to spend each week is between $175-$225.

Should I open a checking account in DC?

Most students do not open a new account while they are participating in our program. Several national banks have branches located throughout the city which we encourage you to look into. For students that are coming from areas without national banks, there are options as well. Most ATM machines will accept your card, but there will be a small service fee since you are not a member. If you are in need of cash, most students in the past have been to get cash back when they purchase items from a convenience or grocery store.

If you wish to open a bank account while you are in DC, there are several options available. There is a Bank of America located near your apartment building and at the Virginia Square-GMU Metro Station. ATM’s are also located in the buildings where you live and take classes.

Will I have telephone and cable service?

Each apartment is equipped with cable service, however, you will need to bring your own television. Telephone service is also available, but you will need to use a calling card, call collect, or charge calls to a third party.

How will I receive mail?

As residents of George Washington University, students have access to GW Mail Services and will be assigned a summer mailing address from which to send and receive mail and packages. More information will be provided at the time of enrollment into the program.

Who will my roommates be?

You will be matched with roommates of the same gender based on the Housing Questionnaire you will complete at the time of enrollment. You will be notified by TFAS staff of your roommate’s contact information before your arrival in Washington, usually several weeks before your arrival.

Learn

Where will I take classes?

Classes will be located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus, at the Virginia Square-GMU Metro stop. Courses will be held in new, state-of-the-art classrooms in Founders Hall and Hazel Hall.

Will I have access to the Library?

Yes, you will use your Student ID card to access the Library and the Law Library.

Do I have to take the classes?

Yes, in order to participate in the TFAS program you are required to take a minimum of one academic course worth three credits. Students may opt to take up to two elective courses for a total of nine credits. These courses are offered on a letter grading scale and cannot be audited or taken for pass/fail credit.

Will I receive credit for the classes?

Most universities should accept transfer credit from George Mason University; however you should check with your home university’s registrar, dean or academic advisor about the credit transfer policy.

Will I receive a transcript?

You will be able to view your grades online and request official transcripts after the completion of the program.

How should I dress?

Most offices require professional attire, but you should check with your internship supervisor about your office dress-code before your first day. You are required to dress professionally for briefings, guest lectures, and other special events. You are not required to dress up for class.

How much will my books cost?

Books generally cost about $100-$200, but costs vary by program. You should plan to purchase them online ahead of time or visit the bookstore upon arrival in DC.

Are classes, site briefings and lectures mandatory?

Yes. You are required to attend every class, including academic lectures, discussions and briefings associated with each class. You must complete all class assignments, actively participate in class, and be respectful to your lecturers and speakers. You are also expected to follow your internship schedule, including works hours and assignments.

How busy is the schedule?

The TFAS schedule is packed with exciting events, lectures, classes, internships and more. We want you to be immersed in the Washington DC culture, so you can truly make the most of your connections and maximize your experience in DC. Your days are long, often lasting up to ten hours with your classes and internship. You will have plenty of free time on the weekends and late evenings to explore DC. Be prepared to be busy due to the nature of the program. Because the program is only 8 weeks long, we discourage long distance travel or long visits from family and friends during the week.

What if my school’s schedule prevents me from arriving by the start of the program?

Be sure to notify your program staff if your spring semester extends into June and conflicts with the start of the program. Because of the busy schedule, we discourage late arrivals. We encourage students to arrange to take exams before the start of the program, so they will not miss any internship and class hours. We will do our best to work with you if a conflict is unavoidable – you must receive permission to arrive after the program start date.

Is The Fund for American Studies part of George Mason University?

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is an independent nonprofit organization that is an academic partner of George Mason University. TFAS coordinates student class registration with the university and contracts for classroom space. Participants are enrolled as GMU students for the duration of the program and will receive transcripts directly from George Mason University upon completion of the program.

Intern

Can I receive credit for the internship?

Yes, you can receive credit for your internship through the program. We offer a course called the Internship Seminar that will allow you to earn three credits from George Mason University. Often students also work with their home university to earn credit for their internship so make sure you check with your registrar’s office before enrolling!

A growing number of news and media outlets will only accept students who can receive academic credit for their internships. IPJ students whose school will not grant credit for their internship are strongly encouraged to enroll our Internship Seminar course.

How will my internship be determined?

The internship placement process through TFAS is based on a combination of the student’s skills, experience and interests as well as the needs of internship sites.  For more detail on this process, visit the Internship Placement Process section of the website.

When will I find out about my internship placement?

Each student’s placement process varies, but you can expect to have your internship confirmed anytime from 4 to 12 weeks after you’ve enrolled in the program. Our staff work with internship sites to review application materials and render a decision as quickly as possible.

Can I find my own internship?

Students enrolling in Capital Semester, ICPES, IEIA, IPJ, LTAP or IPVS are allowed to find their own internship. If you are successful, the site needs to be approved by TFAS staff. Please contact your program staff member before you begin your search. Our staff will provide more information on this process along with the internship guidelines of each program.

Because of the specific focus of IBGA and its internship sites, students enrolled in this program are NOT allowed to find their own placement.

Are internships paid?

Most internships in Washington, D.C. are unpaid; this also the case for most TFAS internships. Some sites do offer compensation or travel stipends, but this is rare and should not be expected.

What if I want to intern for a member of Congress?

Interested in working on Capitol Hill? That’s great!  Students in Capital Semester, ICPES, IEIA, LTAP and IPJ are welcome to apply for positions in Congressional offices. In general there are more openings in the House of Representatives. Internships in the Senate are fewer and tend to be very competitive. We suggest that students apply directly to these offices as members of Congress give preference to students from their home districts or states. Please be aware that some Hill internships are only 4 weeks in duration and would consequently not satisfy our requirement for the full 8 weeks of our program.

TFAS staff is happy to provide copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation or writing samples to supplement your application. Be sure to contact your specific program staff to discuss these opportunities further.

For students in IPVS or IBGA, internships in Congressional offices are outside the scope of the programs and are not allowed.

What will I do as an intern?

Your duties as an intern will vary throughout your time in the office. Often students are asked to attend Congressional hearings, conduct research, manage databases, and write for blogs and newsletters as well as general administrative tasks. This is a great question to ask during an interview with a potential site.

How will I get to my internship?

Lucky enough, DC’s public transportation system is convenient, safe and easy to use. All TFAS internship sites are required to be accessible via public transportation. For more information on the Metrorail and Metrobus systems, click here.

How should I dress?

This is another great question to ask your internship supervisor once you’ve received your placement. You’ve heard of the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”?  This could not be more true in Washington, DC.

Even though DC is a major metropolitan city, it follows a pretty conservative dress code. Most offices will be “business professional dress,” with some having a “casual” day on Fridays.

For women, we suggest dress pants, skirts (near knee length), blouses, dresses and cardigans. You will also want to bring at least one full suit in a neutral color (black, navy blue, grey or tan).

Men should plan to bring 2-3 suites in neutral colors, along with dress shirts, ties, and collared shirts.

Some internship sites will not require that a suit be worn, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring one.  All TFAS briefings, professional development opportunities, lectures and networking events are business professional dress.