Virtual Summer Program

Virtual Program

Bringing the Best of D.C. to You

Virtual Academic Internship Program Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies

Summer 2022: June 1 – July 27

TFAS is again planning for a program that provides a 100% virtual experience. This program is ideal for students who wish or need to remain at home or on their home campus for the summer. A TFAS Virtual Summer brings the best of Washington, D.C. to students all over the U.S.

Through the TFAS Virtual Summer Program, our goal is to bring the best of the programming we typically offer in Washington, D.C. to students around the country through:

  • A remote internship placement with an organization based in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Online economics course for academic credit from George Mason University
  • Panels and discussions focused on professional development, networking and career exploration
  • One-on-one mentor program with weekly virtual meetings
  • Briefings with key government leaders

Remote Internships

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. In today’s competitive workforce you need to graduate with experience and we can help. Our program guarantees an internship placement. Dedicated staff works to match you with an internship that fits your interests, skills and career goals.

In the past year, professionals all around the U.S. and globally transitioned to remote work and learning because of the pandemic.

Many of the organizations that host TFAS interns made this shift and have been eager to keep providing meaningful professional experiences to interns working remotely from around the U.S. In addition to normal internship duties, students were able to gain collaboration and communication skills that will be important as telework becomes more prevalent.

Gain real-world experience: Having experience in a particular field or industry can give you a competitive edge after graduation; even entry-level jobs prefer experience. Internships also strengthen confidence in your work and show you what it’s like to work in that field. 
What does a typical day look like?

Each internship experience and your duties will likely vary day to day. There will be some typical intern duties, but you’ll also be assigned substantive work that will help you in your future career. You may work on public policy research papers, attend virtual meetings, and research critical government initiatives. 

Picture yourself working on one of these exciting projects:

  • Attending virtual meetings with a think tank policy expert.
  • Researching data for a report on immigration reform initiatives.
  • Planning and developing a social media campaign for human trafficking awareness.
  • Attending a virtual strategy meeting with coalition groups advocating for new comprehensive energy policies.
  • Researching housing and health policy for an annual report.
  • Helping draft and plan content for launch of a new website.
  • Preparing civic education tool kits for social studies teachers.
  • Contacting Congressional offices to set up a briefing on charitable assistance program.
  • Assisting with budget forecasting and creating information portals to organize vital data.

My time with TFAS this summer was a truly pivotal experience in my professional development that allowed me to gain insights into politics and the economy, improve my leadership and networking skills, and create long-lasting friendships. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity with TFAS!
Kyle Samuels, ’20 Virtual Program Participant
United States Airforce Academy
Internship: The Madison Coalition

Where will I intern?

Internship positions exist within various industries and institutions, including think tanks, policy groups, non-governmental organizations. Here is a sample of our past internship placements: 

  • 1st Amendment Partnership
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
  • American Action Forum
  • American Financial Services Association Education Foundation
  • American Legislative Exchange Council 
  • Americans United for Life
  • America’s Service Commissions
  • Atlantic Council
  • Campaign Financial Services
  • Center for Christian Civics
  • Center for Education Reform
  • Citizens Against Government Waste
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • DDC Public Affairs
  • Democracy Initiative
  • Economic Innovation Group
  • Georgetown Law Center
  • Health & Medicine Counsel of Washington
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Mil Mujeres Legal Services
  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Campus Leadership Council
  • National Down Syndrome Society
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling 
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Navajo Nation Washington Office
  • No Labels
  • Public Spend Forum 
  • Republican Governors Association
  • So Others Might Eat
  • Students for Liberty
  • The Hertog Foundation
  • Voice of the People
  • Washington Council of Lawyers
Internship Placement Process

Why TFAS?

Grow your network: Remote internships allow you to meet professionals in your field and other interns that share common interests. When it comes time to find your first job or getting letters of recommendation, knowing people in the right positions can make all the difference. 
  • We have strong relationships with hundreds of DC organizations. In the last 50 years, we’ve placed more than 8,000 interns with thousands of organizations in the Washington Metropolitan area. Our vast network of connections ensure your resume ends up on the top of the hiring manager’s pile. 
  • From the time you enroll in our program, dedicated staff will guide you through the internship placement process. You’ll be assigned your own internship coordinator that will ensure you are placed at an organization that matches your interests. 
  • We guarantee an internship placement. Internship competition is stiff in Washington. Each summer more than 40,000 students flock to the Nation’s Capital to intern.  DC is home to thousands of organizations in a variety of fields including, Congress, federal agencies, think tanks, Fortune 500 Companies, government affairs firms, embassies, nonprofits and international non-governmental organizations. 

  • Tell us about yourself. Once you enroll in our program, you’ll complete the Internship Questionnaire. This is the first step in getting to know you, it outlines your skills and experience, the issue areas of interest to you and your preferred organization types. 
  • Develop a game plan. Next we chat with you over the phone to get a clearer understanding of what you are looking to gain out of your internship experience. During the call we will discuss specific sites and outline a strategy for securing the best options for you. 
  • Tailored internship resources. Our team will review your resume and a provide personalized feedback to ensure you are a competitive candidate in the Washington market. Additionally, we will make sure you are ready to ace the interview. We will provide you with practice questions, interview tips and resources on researching organizations. 
  • By your side the whole way. Once the program starts we will prepare you for your first day and be there for you throughout the summer to ensure you have the best experience possible.

  • Communication is key. Our placement team will stay in contact with you providing updates and guidance until you are placed. If you are not selected for a position after an interview or if you truly feel the internship would not be a strong fit, the process will continue until a placement is confirmed.
  • Timelines. Applying for the program early always ensures that more opportunities are available, but does not necessarily guarantee an early placement as the process can last up to three months. Good things take time!

“Although virtual, this has been one of my most meaningful summer experiences. Through TFAS events and my internships, I am learning about endless career possibilities and what excites me about the future.”
Kathleen White, ’20 Virtual Program Participant
Washington University in St. Louis
Intern, US Global Change Research Project


Academic Course Credit

Virtual small group sessions and social activities will connect you with passionate emerging leaders from all across the U.S.

Participants in the TFAS Virtual Summer enroll in Economic Problems and Public Policies (ECON 309) and earn 3 academic credits from George Mason University (GMU).

This class is specially designed to be engaging with a focus on active learning techniques. Professors will use videoconferencing platforms to deliver live class meetings and post self-paced assignments. Professors will also hold weekly virtual office hours.

A GMU transcript with a grade may be requested from the registrar’s office upon completion of the program.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the role of economics in the context of policy-making.  Students will learn how to apply economic thinking and analysis to a variety of public policy issues.  Examples will be drawn from current Administration policy initiatives, government economic policy, and ongoing legislative battles in Congress.  Students will examine basic economic concepts and the market economy. They will be introduced to public choice theory and analyze various policy issues through the lens of economics. View a sample syllabus.

Faculty Biography
Professor Anne Bradley

Anne Bradley

PROFESSOR, ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND PUBLIC POLICIES

Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and the academic director at The Fund for American Studies. Through this position, Dr. Bradley works to enhance the impact and reach of TFAS economic education programs through courses, seminars, videos and social media. She also delivers lectures around the country and oversees curriculum development and evaluation for economics courses.

Previously, Dr. Bradley served as the vice president of economic initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, where she continues research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. In addition to her work with TFAS, she is a professor of economics at The Institute for World Politics and Grove City College. She is a visiting professor at George Mason University and has previously taught at Georgetown University and Charles University in Prague. She is currently an Acton Affiliate scholar and a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy. She is a lecturer for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Dr. Anne Bradley, who holds a PhD in Economics and serves as the TFAS Academic Director, will lead the seminar.

An optional virtual Economics Boot Camp seminar before the start of the program. This is an ideal way for students who have never taken an economics class to get up to speed with economic principles and the economic way of thinking.

The Boot Camp will consist of two short virtual seminars with professor instruction and self-paced online modules. Upon completion of the Economics Boot Camp, students will be prepared to dive into the upper-level economics courses.

Students may indicate their interest in participating in the Economics Boot Camp at the time of enrollment.


Briefings + Career Exploration

We’ll bring the virtual policy briefings and networking opportunities to you this summer!

Learn from experts, build your professional network and gain insider job-seeking tips through small-group discussions. 

Enjoy an insider’s perspective by attending briefings with officials at organizations and institutions such as:

  • U.S. State Department
  • United States Congress
  • Foreign Embassies
  • U.S. Institute of Peace

TFAS offers optional seminars that focus on different professional development themes. Students are encouraged to attend these virtual panels throughout the program.

The interactive sessions will be led by mainly D.C.-based professionals from a variety of career fields, and are designed to help prepare you to stand out in the competitive job market after graduation.

Past topics include:

  • Virtual Networking
  • Tips for Getting a Job
  • Graduate School Admissions
  • Working/Learning from Home
  • Fellowship Programs
  • Creating Your Online Profile
  • DC Careers 101

In D.C. it’s often not “what you know,” but “who you know.” Establishing a professional network is critical for success in job searching after graduation. Our optional Professional Mentor Program gives students a personal connection to a professional in Washington, D.C.

Alumni serve as mentors to summer and semester students.
Many program alumni serve as mentors during the summer.

Students have weekly virtual meetings with mentors on topics such as getting a job in D.C., resume help, advice on graduate school and much more.

More than 200 Washington, D.C.-area professionals volunteer to be matched as mentors with TFAS program participants. We do our best to match students with a mentor based on your field of study, career goals, college or university, hometown, and other factors whenever possible.

Designed to help you explore a variety of career paths and to further build your network, you’ll participate in virtual career-focused panels and small group discussions led by professionals working in a range of fields and industries.

From these insiders, you’ll learn about important topics affecting job seekers in your field:

  • Day to date responsibilities of entry level and senior positions
  • Pressing policy issues
  • Current climate for finding a job in your field
  • Typical starting salaries
  • Advice on job searching and breaking into a particular field
Small group of students meeting at the National Geographic.
Explore various industries and build your professional networking through career-focused small group discussions.

Past small group meetings and career panels have featured:

  • Clark Hill, PLC: Law Careers
  • Economic Innovation Group: Public Policy Careers
  • Ford Motor Company Government Affairs
  • National Geographic
  • Office of U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (D): Legislative Careers
  • Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R): Legislative Careers
  • Stateside Associates: State-based Government Affairs
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Careers
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee: Communications Careers

This summer has become a pivotal point in my life. Creating lifelong connections through my mentor, listening to briefings from the U.S Dept of State, and leading a debate – these moments will be fundamental for my future.
Jessica Beccaccio, ’21 Virtual Program Participant
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Internship: Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL)


Admissions

What types of students are we looking for?

TFAS is looking for undergraduate students who want to make a difference in the world and are excited to gain an insider’s look at the Nation’s Capital. We welcome students from all majors and backgrounds. Most students attend a TFAS program after their sophomore or junior year, but freshman and graduating seniors are welcome to apply. 

When making admissions and scholarship decisions, the admissions committee looks at the whole individual. We are seeking well-rounded students who demonstrate ambition, strong academic performance, leadership ability, maturity, time management skills as well as campus and community involvement. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, relevant professional and volunteer experience, and well-written essays are given the highest scores.

Applicants must be 18 years old, have graduated high school, and have completed at least one semester of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university in the U.S. before applying to attend the Virtual Summer Program.

Applicants to the Virtual Program must be currently enrolled in a U.S.-based institution of higher learning and be able to participate in classes, internships and other virtual sessions between the hours of 10:00 AM ET – 8:00 PM ET on weekdays.

Admissions Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students will be notified of their admissions decision via email within 3 weeks of completing an application. Scholarship awards are given at the time of admission. The status of submitted application materials and admissions decisions are accessible within the online application system.

Students accepted to the program are given between 2-3 weeks to accept or decline the offer of admission. At the time of enrollment, a $750 deposit must be paid to confirm participation.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Early applicants will receive first consideration for admission and scholarships decisions as well as internship placements. Many internship placements are very competitive, so the earlier you are admitted, the greater your chance of receiving a top internship placement.

To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.

Summer 2022: June 1 – July 27

  • Early Deadline: Tuesday, December 7
  • Priority Admissions Deadline: Thursday, February 10
  • Final Admissions Deadline: Tuesday, March 15

All applicants are required to complete the online application. Supplemental materials must be sent in via mail, email or fax using the contact information below. Please keep in mind that your application will not be sent to the admissions committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.

Online Application:

  • Online Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (250– 500 words): “State your reasons for applying to the program, and what you would gain personally, professionally and academically by attending.”
  • Topical Essay (250– 500 words): “If you were elected president, what three key initiatives would be in your inaugural address?” 

Supplemental Materials

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship MUST do so when submitting their application for admission.

  • Scholarship Statement (200 words): “Write a brief statement describing your need for a scholarship.” Must be uploaded into the online application system. 
  • Personal Financial Materials: Must be uploaded into the online application or sent via fax or mail using the contact information below. 
    • Student Aid Report (SAR): Required if a FAFSA was completed. This document is accessible at www.fafsa.ed.gov with PIN and password.
    • Federal Tax Return (1040 only): Required if a FAFSA was NOT completed. Most recent tax return claiming applicant as dependent. Applicant may send own tax return if they are an independent. 
    • Financial Aid Award Summary + Grant/Scholarship Letters: Documentation of all need-based, merit-based or athletic scholarships, grants, or loans received for the current school year. May be a print-out from university online system.

The Fund for American Studies
D.C. Academic Internship Programs
1621 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 200009
Tel: 202.986.0384
Fax: 202.318.0441
Email: admissions@TFAS.org


Costs + Scholarships

The cost associated with our program covers tuition at George Mason University.

  • $3,750: 3-credit economics course and full schedule of program events

As an educational nonprofit organization, we strive to provide as much scholarship funding to as many qualified and deserving students as possible.

Scholarships will typically range from $500 – $1,500 and are awarded based on a combination of factors including:

  • Financial need
  • Academic excellence
  • Extracurricular achievement
  • Leadership activities

Questions?

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have! Please contact us at admissions@tfas.org.