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Business & Government Relations


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Summer 2019
June 8 - August 2

Leadership Scholars (full scholarship) and International Student Deadline: January 15
Priority Deadline: February 12
Final Deadline: March 12

Spend 8 weeks in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all interested in the legislative process and learning about business and regulation. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. The Business and Government Relations Program 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 representing a client’s interests on Capitol Hill or perhaps running a business? 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.

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.         

The program 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 government with credit through George Mason University. GMU was recently named one of the top 100 research universities in the U.S. by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  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 government relations offices of large corporations, trade associations and lobbying firms 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 policy experts, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Planned social events where you can connect with almost 400 other student leaders participating in LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, a student BBQ, 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 anytime by clicking on 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.

“This program was incredibly beneficial. The knowledge I gained and the connections I made will help me both professionally and personally in the future.”

Alexandra Mulac, Towson University
Intern, National Association of Small Business Investment Companies


Students should plan to arrive on Saturday, June 8. 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, August 2 by 11:00am. Further details on arrival logistics, registration and orientation will be provided as the summer approaches.

2019 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.

9:00AM – 5:00PM       Internships 

9:00AM – 3:30PM       Internships
4:00PM – 7:00PM       Economics of Regulation
7:30PM – 8:30PM       Guest Lecture Series

9:00AM – 5:00PM       Internships

9:00AM – 5:00PM       Internships

9:00AM - 11:30AM      Economics of Regulation
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 Business and Government Relations program 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.

Charlie Black – Chairman
Prime Policy Group

Kirk Blalock
Fierce Government Relations

Marlene Colucci
Executive Vice President
The Business Council

Caroline Decker
Vice President, Government Affairs

Kelly D. Johnston
Vice President, Government Affairs
Campbell Soup Company

Carla Lochiatto, CAE
Associate Director, Public Policy

Larry Lynott

Ziad Ojakli
Group Vice President
Ford Motor Company

Keith Smith
Chief of Staff
National Association of Manufacturers

Randal C. Teague
Retired Partner

Diane Tomb
Executive Director
National Rental Home Council

Mark Washko
Manager, Government Affairs
BASF Corporation

Brendan Williams
Executive Vice President
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Hicks Winters
LafargeHolicm USA

Debbie Witchey
Executive Vice President
Heathcare Leadership Council

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