DC Public Policy Summer Internships

A message from Laura Cusack at The Fund for American Studies:

Our Washington, DC based summer institute focused on Public Policy and Economics program is now accepting applications for the February 7, 2018 Priority Deadline. We are very happy to announce that through our Leadership Scholars Program, we have at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in attending our summer 2018 programs in Washington, DC. Details may be found by clicking here.

The Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) is an eight week summer academic internship program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University. The program offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at the U.S. political system through:

• An internship placement in public policy or economics
• Courses for credit in economics and government
• Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
• Housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Our goal is to help students close the gap between theory and practice and develop skills to manage today’s most pressing policy challenges. As you know, today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Building on what you have taught them in the classroom, we are committed to providing an educational experience that will prepare your students for successful careers in public policy.

Please share the announcement below with any student whose aspiration is to be among the next generation of professionals to shape tomorrow’s political or public policy landscape.

Students should apply by February 7 for priority admissions and scholarship consideration.

Please visit www.DCinternships.org/ICPES for detailed information on the program. Please contact me at 202.986.0384 or ICPES@tfas.org with any questions.


Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
Washington, DC // June 2 – July 27, 2018

Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 7
Final Deadline: March 13

**Full-Tuition Scholarship Funding Available – See Below for Details**

Apply to the 2018 Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and be a part of the generation that begins solving America’s most pressing challenges.

Now more than ever the nation’s capital needs young people to be part of the solution. Come to the Washington, DC this summer and begin the work that is so urgently needed to address our nation’s critical issues.

Program Components:

Public Policy Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, NGO, or government agency. You will gain insight and practical experience in public policy and economics career tracks. Issue areas that you could be working on this summer include:
– Economic and trade policies
– Energy solutions
– National defense and homeland security
– U.S. education system
– Challenges facing inner-cities and urban areas
– Congressional hearings and legislative action
– Environmental policies
– Tax reform
– Human rights
– Emerging political leaders for state and federal office
– 2nd Amendment Rights or Reform
Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on public policy economics and government for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog.
Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on salient issues of U.S. policy with prominent scholar-practitioners, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, Federal Reserve, Capitol Hill, and various federal agencies.
Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including congressional staff members, think tank experts, lobbyists, and other professionals to learn about career paths in public policy.
Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.
Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.
Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Full scholarships are available through the Leadership Scholars Program – click here for details.

This Could be You:
“Interning with the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice has been unbelievably rewarding and fulfilling work. As a legal intern, I have supported the trial attorneys at the branch with various preparation activities and support services. I have been able to get an inside look at the workings of the federal prosecution process, which has led me to work toward a similar career in the future.”
Thomas Fiegener, Oklahoma State University
Intern, Department of Justice

“My internship at The Washington Council of Lawyers was everything I wanted in a summer internship. The organization works to ensure everyone, regardless of income has access to a justice system. I was able to learn about the legal profession and public-interest law. The opportunities I have been afforded will greatly benefit me in my future legal career.”
Jacklyn Rogers, Southern Oregon University
Intern, Washington Council of Lawyers

Please click here to read more Alumni testimonials.

Leadership Scholars Program:
Through this program, The Fund for American Studies is able to provide at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in participating in the summer institutes in Washington, DC. Students with strong academic records, and who are active on their campus/and or community are encouraged to apply. Please visit www.DCinternships.org/LSP for full application criteria and instructions.

Applicants not selected for one of the full scholarships will automatically be considered for one of the partial scholarship awards available through our general scholarship fund.

Application Instructions:
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 13, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 7 Priority Deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.

Application requirements include a topical essay, statement or purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here: http://www.dcinternships.org/wp-content/uploads/ICPES-App-Instructions.pdf

Please visit www.DCinternships.org/ICPES for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Laura Cusack, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems Manager, at ICPES@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.