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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 passionate about global issues. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience.  The International Affairs program track 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 as a Foreign Service officer or perhaps working on international policy issues? 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 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.      

The International Affairs 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 international policy groups, think tanks, embassies and global non-governmental organizations 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 international policy and economics 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 program 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.
  • 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 17,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

“The program helped develop my skills in economics and foreign policy that have allowed me to become competitive in the global job market."

Andrew Harding, Emory University
Intern, Council of Hemispheric Affairs

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.


Program Dates
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
12:30PM – 1:30PM        Small Group Networking/Site Briefing*

9:00AM – 5:00PM         Internships
4:30PM – 7:00PM          Econ Class: International Economic Policy
7:30PM – 8:30PM          Guest Lecture

9:00AM – 5:00PM         Internships
12:30PM – 1:30PM        Small Group Networking/Site Briefing*

9:00AM – 5:00PM         Internships
12:30PM – 1:30PM        Small Group Networking/Site Briefing*

9:00AM – 11:30AM       Econ Class: International Economic Policy
12:30PM – 1:30PM        Small Group Networking/Site Briefing*

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

*Students will be required to attend two Small Group Networking sessions and two Site Briefings over the course of the summer. Usually held over the lunch hour, these events offer unparalleled access to the Washington foreign policy community and allow students to make important professional connections with seasoned professionals from such institutions as the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, United Nations, and many other government and non-governmental organizations.

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 International Affairs 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 program 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.

Peter Redpath, Chairman
Vice President and Student Division Director
The Federalist Society

Karen M. Czarnecki
Vice President of Outreach
Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Erik Hotmire
Brunswick Group

Christopher C. Hull
President and Campaign Manager
Issue Management Inc.
Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Steve King

Sheree Anne Kelly
President and CEO
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Aaron Lewis
Director of Media and Government Relations
Arianespace, Inc.

Brian Lopina
Washington Navigators

Sean Redmond
Director of Research & Legislative Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Jocelyn Rowe
Rowe Global Consulting Group

Elizabeth Stevulak
Associate Vice President for Regulatory Compliance
Greenleaf Health LLC

Christopher W. Ullman
Director of Global Communications
The Carlyle Group

Marc Wheat
Deputy Assistant General Counsel
Securities and Exchange Commission

Bryan Wood (2006)
Director, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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