Students visiting the U.S. Capitol in spring,

Capital Semester – International Affairs + Public Policy

Academic Internship Program Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies

Spring 2023: January 18 – April 28

Fall 2023: August 23 – November 18

Why Capital Semester on Public Policy + International Affairs?

If you are looking for a career in politics, public policy, foreign affairs, international development, diplomacy or national security, Washington, D.C. is the place for you.

This 16-week TFAS program track is ideal for students who are passionate about global and domestic issues and are looking to gain the professional experience needed to break into these competitive fields. Spending a full semester in the Nation’s Capital allows students to fully immerse themselves at their internships and feel like a real Washington insider by the end of the semester.

What Makes this Program Track Unique?
  • A 14-week internship placement in the field of international affairs or public policy (embassy, NGO, policy group, federal agency, Congressional office)
  • Coursework in international economics and government designed to complement your real-world experience
  • Guest lectures featuring prominent policy and economics experts
  • Networking through career-focused panels and small group discussions led by professionals working for government agencies Congressional offices, public affairs firms, the World Bank and many more.

It’s much more than just coursework and an internship placement. The contacts you’ll make throughout the summer will be invaluable in finding that first job out of college.

Comprehensive Package Includes
  • 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.
  • Site briefings at institutions such as the Department of State, Capitol Hill and the White House.
  • Professional development seminars on topics including job searching, public speaking and networking.
  • A mentor program where you are matched with a DC professional working in politics, policy, diplomacy or national security.
  • Planned social events where you can connect with other student leaders participating in the program. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, guided tour of the monuments, State of the Union watch party, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac and a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
  • An active network of more than 18,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

“Whether I was sitting on the Floor of the House of Representatives or playing frisbee on the National Mall with my friends, TFAS gave me opportunities and experiences beyond what a regular internship could provide. I’m forever thankful that I decided to take part in this program because it helped to provide a clear path to my future career.”

Tristan Diegel, Miami University
World Affairs Council

Sample Schedule

This schedule is only meant to give an idea of the semester’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 semester.

9:00AM – 5:00PMInternships
9:00AM – 5:00PMInternships
6:00PM – 8:30PMU.S. Foreign Policy (GOVT 344)
9:00AM – 5:00PMInternships
9:00AM – 12:30PMInternships
2:00 PM – 4:30PMInternational Economic Policy (ECON 385)
9:00AM – 12:00PMSite Briefings + Networking Events
1:00PM – 3:00PMInternship Seminar (ECON 496)