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When you picture your future, do you see yourself covering the campaign trail, reporting on current events or developing a strategic marketing plan for a corporate client? If so, the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) 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.

With IPJ, you are guaranteed an internship with a newspaper, online publication, public relations firm, television, or radio station. In the classroom, you’ll study free-market principles and the importance of a free, fair and accurate press.

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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 academic 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.

The program will be held in from June 3 – July 28, 2017. Click on “Get Program Details” link above to read about all of the exciting aspects of IPJ. 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!

“Participating in IPJ broadened my horizons – academically, professionally and personally. I learned about life in DC, pondered subject areas for the first time and took on challenges in the workplace that simply do not exist in my hometown. It was a valuable experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

David Karas, The College of New Jersey
Intern, Christian Science Monitor