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Are you active in your community or on campus? Are you interested in volunteering or exploring a career in the nonprofit sector? If so, consider applying for the Service + Citizenship Academy as part of your summer program experience hosted by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS).

This academy is perfect for those who are interested in working towards positive change in their communities and is designed to help prepare future leaders.

The academy is a supplemental program that students may apply for after enrolling in one of The Fund for American Studies Summer Academic Internship Program tracks:


Internships with local charities, national nonprofit organizations and foundations are available in a wide variety of issue areas in any of the above program tracks. In addition to attending guest lectures and events focused on the program track subject area, participants of the Service + Citizenship Academy will take part in additional programming that will complement their internship experience and provide a deeper examination of how the issues charities seek to solve intersect with the public policy process.


Students in this academy will directly impact the Washington, DC community by engaging in several service projects during the summer.

Participants will attend an exclusive briefing and service project led by the founder of a local organization. Students will also be given priority registration for Service Saturday, a unique event where more than 100 students volunteer with numerous service-based organizations in the Washington, DC area. Past sites have included:

  • Casey Trees
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Washington Parks and People
  • Trust for the National Mall
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
  • Jubilee Jobs
  • Iona Senior Services

Lectures + Seminars

Participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions that strengthens their understanding of how to support local and global communities and inspire a lifelong commitment to community and civic engagement. These events will enhance students’ knowledge on critical issues facing the service community, as well as providing the chance to learn directly from community leaders on how to be an effective leader in the future.

  • Tocqueville’s Democracy in America – dive into the unique history of philanthropy in America with Georgetown professor Richard Boyd
  • The Economics of Foreign Aid – learn more about the unintended consequences of foreign aid featuring The Fund for American Studies Academic Director Dr. Anne Bradley
  • Executive Director’s Panel – roundtable luncheon with leaders of Washington, DC community-based and national nonprofit organizations

Students who attend all of the program events will receive special recognition at the closing ceremony.

How to Apply

As students enroll in one of the five academic internship program tracks listed above, they will be given the opportunity to apply for this exclusive academy. Enrollment will be limited to allow for small group discussions and networking. If you are interested in the Service + Citizenship Academy, please begin an application of our Summer 2019 Academic Internship Programs here and be sure to highlight your interest in the nonprofit sector and being an engaged citizen. Questions may be directed to Melissa Grannetino at