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International Affairs



When you picture your future, do you see yourself as a Foreign Service officer or perhaps working on international policy issues? If so, the Institute on Economics and International Affairs (IEIA) 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. The city is the home to many international organizations and foreign embassies. DC attracts people from around the world seeking to work in the fields of diplomacy, international trade and development.

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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.

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.

Our program is also very competitively priced as compared to other DC-based programs. Click here to learn more.

With IEIA, you are guaranteed an internship with an international policy group, think tank, embassy or global non-governmental organization. In the classroom, you’ll examine free-market economics and the U.S.’s role in foreign policy.

IEIA is designed to have a small class size and the admissions process is very selective. As international affairs internships are highly competitive, the admissions committee will look for applicants who meet the criteria required by internship sites. In most cases, admitted students will have language abilities, study abroad, and internship or volunteer experience related to international affairs.

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 IEIA. 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!

“My experience with IEIA has been unique and unrivaled compared to other programs that my friends have participated in. No other program could have helped me combine academics, working experience, and networking opportunities in the way that IEIA has.”

Cody Brasher, Baylor University
Intern, National Defense University – Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies