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Business & Government Relations



When you picture your future, do you see yourself representing a client’s interests on Capitol Hill or perhaps running a business? If so, the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA) is the program for you. Employers are looking for recent graduates with experience, and the best way to stand out after graduation is to complete an internship and make connections now.

Washington, DC is the perfect place to start your career. Because DC is the seat of government, many jobs support or interact with federal agencies or departments.

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 The Fund for American Studies has sponsored academic internship programs in Washington, DC for over 40 years. Our objective is to provide a real-world professional and academic experience for college students to help prepare them for responsible leadership in the future.

Our comprehensive package includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, furnished housing, a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking. We truly provide the ultimate summer experience in Washington. Our program is also very competitively priced as compared to other DC-based programs. Click here to learn more.

Where will you live, work and attend class?

Students live in the heart of DC just steps from the White House, Department of State, World Bank and National Monuments. These furnished apartments on George Washington University’s campus are close to shops and restaurants as well as the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. Click here to learn more about housing.

Classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, conveniently reached in just minutes by Metrorail from student housing and internships. Click here to learn more about academics.

Students intern at top organizations all over the Washington, DC Metro area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to travel between housing, work and class.

With IBGA, you are guaranteed an internship with a government affairs office of a large corporation, trade association or lobbying firm. In the classroom, you’ll analyze the economic and political issues that shape how business and government interact. You will also explore the principles of business ethics and leadership.

The program will be held from June 6 – July 31, 2015. Click on “Get Program Details” link above to read about all of the exciting aspects of IBGA. To read about admissions, financing and frequently asked questions, use the links on the left-hand menu.

Click here to begin an online application today!

“I could not have asked for a better way to spend my summer. IBGA offered me experiences that I could not have otherwise had. I learned what life in Washington DC is truly like and solidified my plans for the future. The program has made me a more well-rounded individual, given me a large network of contacts, provided me with professional experience through my internship, and allowed me to make lasting friendships.”

Lauren Zdanowicz, University of Northern Colorado
Intern, Security Industries Association