Capital Semester students visit Monticello in the fall.

Capital Semester Fall – Leadership + the American Presidency

Academic Internship Program Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies

Fall 2022: August 24 – November 19

Why Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency?

If you are looking to explore your personal leadership journey through the lens of historical lessons from the American presidency, this is the ideal TFAS program track for you.

Students seeking to grow as civic-minded leaders and exploring careers in public service, policy, politics or the nonprofit sector will 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 13-week internship placement in the fields of public policy, international affairs or media (NGO, policy group, federal agency, Congressional office, media outlet)
  • Coursework in international economics and government designed to complement your real-word experience
  • Guest lectures featuring prominent policy and economics experts
  • Experiential learning opportunities at places such as Mount. Vernon, Ford’s Theater, White House and the Holocaust Museum.
  • 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.

The 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, International Republican Institute, 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, election night watch party, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac and a trip to Mt. Vernon.
  • An active network of more than 18,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.

This program track in sponsored in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.

“The Leadership and the American Presidency program opened doors for me that I never thought possible. The opportunities presented through TFAS made me a more professionally developed, well rounded, and confident leader. I will be forever grateful for my TFAS experience.”

Elizabeth Foster, Elmira College
Intern, Campus Vote Project
9:00AM – 5:00PMInternships
9:00 AM – 12:30 PMInternships
1:45 PM – 4:15 PMInternational Economic Policy (ECON 385)
9:00AM – 5:00PMInternships
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9:00AM – 11:30AMThe American Presidency (GOVT 308)
1:00PM – 3:00PMInternship Seminar (ECON 496)