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Fall – Leadership & the American Presidency

Guaranteed Internships

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future.

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In many respects, an internship is a semester long interview that could end in a future full-time job, glowing letters of recommendation and countless professional contacts. Each year, LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. program participants are offered full time or future internship opportunities at their internship site.

Students intern at organizations all over the Washington, DC Metro area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.

“Working at the NFWL gave me a great opportunity to learn how to better communicate in a professional manner, as well as a bit of a sneak peek into the "behind the scenes" part of policy making.”

Kathryn Barrackman, Howard Payne University
Intern, National Foundation for Women Legislators

Guaranteed Internship

You need experience and we can help you get there.  Unlike other internship programs, we guarantee you an internship. We've been creating academic internship experiences for nearly 50 years and you will be able to take advantage of the strong relationships we have with hundreds of organizations in DC.

We have designated staff to work with you every step of the way to secure you a position that best matches your interests, abilities and career goals.

Washington, DC – You Belong Here

ILAP_WittWashington, DC may be the most intern-friendly city in the country.  In fact, some estimates say that close to 40,000 interns work in the city each summer alone.  No other city can beat D.C. for the wide scope of opportunities that are available to you. Internship positions exist within various fields and institutions, including Congress, think tanks, policy shops, media outlets and non-governmental organizations.

This is the Real Deal

You’ll work approximately 30 hours a week for the duration of the program. In addition to normal intern office duties, you could cover hearings on Capitol Hill, work on important public policy papers, research critical government initiatives, attend meetings, and be assigned substantive work that will help you in your future career.

Your internship options are endless. Each year, our students work at over 300 different government agencies and independent organizations working on a variety of important issues.

You could intern with:

  • White House Historical Association
  • Public Affairs Council
  • Congressional Offices on Capitol Hill
  • U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Justice, the Treasury, Transportation
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Public Policy Think Tanks
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations
  • Media Outlets
  • Government Affairs Offices

Click here for a longer list of sample internship sites.

Somewhere in Washington, DC there is an internship that’s just right for you. Make the first investment in your future and start your application now. Click here to begin your application!