Before You Apply
Research the programs – TFAS offers Washington, DC-based programs each Fall, Spring and Summer. Each program includes a guaranteed internship placement, academic credit, housing (if applicable) and additional programming like guest lectures, site briefings, social events, career + industry exploration as well as mentoring and networking opportunities. The main differences between the programs are their size and lengths, amount of credits earned and program tracks offered.
- Capital Semester (offered in the Fall and Spring) lasts 15 weeks and includes a full course load of classes worth 12 credits. In the Fall, the coursework is geared toward international affairs and public policy. In the Spring, coursework and events focus on leadership development through the lens of the presidency.
- The Summer Program lasts 8 weeks and students can earn between 3-9 credits. With nearly 350 students enrolling each summer, this is our largest program. The Summer Program is broken up into five program tracks.
You can explore what makes each program unique, take a look at sample schedules, view class descriptions and syllabi, learn about internship placements. Don’t forget to check out the FAQ. If you still have questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aim for a deadline – Once you decide which program you are interested in, visit the Admissions Page to learn more about the application process and requirements. We have multiple deadlines for each program.
- Bonus Tip: The earlier you apply the better chance you have of securing a scholarship. Each year, TFAS awards more than $1 million in scholarships. The earlier you apply in the admissions cycle, the better chance you have of receiving a sizeable scholarship since the scholarship pot is larger.
Gather your application materials – Ensure that you have all the applicable application materials before you submit your online application. All materials (except your official transcript) can be uploaded to your online application. You must request your official transcript from your college or university. Many transcripts can be ordered online and be sent to TFAS electronically. Contact your registrar if you have questions about ordering a transcript. Please note that TFAS requires official transcripts from any college or university you’ve attended. The only exception is if past grades are listed on your current official transcript.
Use this worksheet to help you think through and organize all the application requirements and materials.
After You Submit Your Application
Keep an eye on your email – If you are missing any application materials, your admissions counselor will let you know by email. Be proactive and check the Self-Service Center to see if any materials are outstanding. Additionally, you will receive any announcements or changes to the program via email.
Enroll early – Students typically receive admission and scholarship decisions 2-3 weeks after their application is completed. You will be notified via email that your decision is available to view on the Self-Service Center. If you are accepted and decide to attend the program, you will submit the enrollment form and enrollment deposit to save your seat in the program.
- Bonus Tip: As you know, internships are very competitive in Washington, DC. Many internship sites select interns well before they arrive for their first day. The earlier you enroll in the program the better chance you have of landing a competitive internship.
Connect with TFAS
Our Admissions Counselors are here to help you during the admissions process. If you have any questions about the TFAS programs, application or financial questions, please send an email to admissions@TFAS.org.