Spend 8 weeks in the nation’s capital with students from around the country and world who are all passionate about global issues. The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time in Washington by combining learning in the classroom with practical internship experience. The International Affairs program track will give you an insider’s view of Washington, and by the end of the summer you may be ready to call DC home!
When you picture your future, do you see yourself as a Foreign Service officer or perhaps working on international policy issues? If so, this 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.
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.
The International Affairs Program consists of the following major components:
- LIVE: Furnished housing on George Washington University’s campus, just steps from the White House and Department of State, as well as the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station.
- LEARN: Academic courses in economics and government with credit through George Mason University. GMU was recently named one of the top 100 research universities in the U.S. by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities at George Mason University’s Arlington campus, conveniently located just four Metro stops away from student housing.
- INTERN: Internships with international policy groups, think tanks, embassies and global non-governmental organizations throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.
- CONNECT: Site briefings at key Washington institutions, guest lectures featuring international policy and economics experts, networking events and much more!
Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your summer in DC an experience to remember:
- 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. In addition to the full time, year-round program staff who will get to know you and help you throughout the summer, there will be alumni living in housing and serving as Program Advisors.
- Professional development seminars on topics including job searching, public speaking and networking.
- A mentor program where you are matched with a DC professional in your field of interest.
- Planned social events where you can connect with almost 400 other student leaders participating in LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs. These events may include: a trip to a Nationals baseball game, a student BBQ, volunteer projects, canoeing on the Potomac and a trip to Mt.Vernon.
- An active network of over 17,000 alumni worldwide to join upon the completion of the program.
BOARD OF VISITORS
The International Affairs Program board of visitors is comprised of prominent working professionals in the DC community. They voluntarily assist in the planning of and fundraising for the program as well as offer their support with guest lecturers and internship placement. Their focus is to ensure that all students leave with an enhanced understanding of the functionality of government and a valuable experience that will benefit their future career goals.
*Students will be required to attend two Small Group Networking sessions and two Site Briefings over the course of the summer. Usually held over the lunch hour, these events offer unparalleled access to the Washington foreign policy community and allow students to make important professional connections with seasoned professionals from such institutions as the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, United Nations, and many other government and non-governmental organizations.
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