Host an Intern

Chances are, with almost 40,000 students coming to D.C. to intern every year, your office has hosted more than a few students. 

The process of selecting qualified interns can be lengthy and time-consuming – interested in making it easier? Let us help! We have more than 50 years of experience placing interns in Washington, D.C.

Student interns at Citizens Against Government Waste.

Hosting a TFAS intern could not be more simple and more straightforward. Students participating in our programs are bright and motivated undergraduates from across the country and around the world. Most recently, our programs were made up of students from 42 states and 16 countries, the majority of whom were rising juniors and seniors. TFAS students have already been through our rigorous screening process and the group typically boasts an average GPA over 3.5. In addition to an internship, TFAS students are enrolled in classes at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus, participate in site briefings around the city, and take part in an extensive orientation program plus professional development, networking, and social activities. TFAS interns are ready to hit the ground running on day one.

Hybrid or Remote Working?

Is your office still working from home? No worries. Students in our program are available to work remotely. Our program was entirely online in 2020. Yet, we were still able to bring the best of Washington, D.C. to nearly 200 students from across the country who interned remotely for an array of NGOs, nonprofits, trade associations, think tanks and government agencies. New to hosting remote interns? That’s okay. TFAS staff is available to offer tips and best practices for hosting remote interns so that you and your intern can enjoy a productive and enriching experience.

“The TFAS overall placement process and staff communication was excellent, particularly in light of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to convert the experience to a virtual one.”

Maura LaGue, Managing Director, Women in Government

“We have participated in this program for many years and this was the first time it was completely virtual. We were not sure how well that would work for us or for the intern but it turned out to be a very good experience, with intern receiving some focused projects to concentrate on and with us then receiving valuable work products that we will use in our everyday business.”

Anne Kappel, Vice President, Strategy & Communication, World Shipping Council

We are looking for organizations to serve as internship sites in the following categories:

Public Policy
  • Government Agencies or Departments
  • Policy Groups or Think Tanks
  • Congress – House or Senate Offices
  • Legal Organizations
  • Trade Association or Public/Government Affairs Groups
Foreign Policy and International Affairs
  • Embassies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • International Affairs Organizations
  • Foreign Policy Think Tanks
  • Defense Contracting Firms
  • Government Offices
Journalism and Strategic Communications
  • Print Media Outlets, including Newspapers and Magazines
  • Radio and Television Stations
  • Online Publications
  • News Services
  • Corporate, Government or Nonprofit Communication Departments
  • Public Relations Firms
Business and Government Relations
  • Corporate Government Affairs Offices
  • Trade Association Government Affairs Offices
  • Government Relations, Public Affairs or Lobbying Firms
Service and Philanthropy
  • National Nonprofit Organizations
  • Local Charitable Organizations
  • Corporate, Community or Private Foundations
  • Arts Organizations