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  • Locations: Washington, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall 2018 12/15/2017 02/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Transfer Credit External Students: No
Internships: Yes Service Learning: No
Great for these academic disciplines: American Studies, Ecology, Economics, Environment, International Business, International Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Politics, Sociology and Anthropology Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:
The Washington Internship Institute is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing college students and recent graduates for their future through substantive internships in  Washington, D.C. During a semester or summer in Washington, DC, you will learn about yourself and your field while enjoying the excitement of our nation’s capital. As a WII student, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of:

  • substantive internship responsibilities
  • academic enrichment seminars
  • site visits
  • exciting student activities
  • furnished housing

You will become an engaged and informed citizen and a leader equipped to make a difference in the world.

There are many reasons why students should consider WII:

The DC Experience

As a WII student, you live in a diverse, international atmosphere where cultural and social opportunities abound. Only in DC can you rub elbows with Congressional leaders, tour the art collection of the French Embassy, view the monuments while sailing on the Potomac River and explore the vibrant, exciting nightlife.

Academic quality

WII employs the principles of experiential learning to create a structured academic environment with seminars, substantive internships, and guided reflection.  We are the only internship program that requires all students to take the “Internship Seminar – Bridging Theory and Practice,” which complements the internship. In addition, all WII faculty have earned doctorates, held faculty rank at an accredited university, and taught at the undergraduate level.

The “Capital Experience”

internship program welcomes all majors and allows students the widest latitude in choosing the internship that best fits their interests. For example, communications majors have interned with media outlets; economics majors have interned with think tanks; pre-law students have interned in the legal system. An elective class complements their internship and makes Washington, DC their classroom.

Our distinctive "Embassy Scholars"

internship program gives students an opportunity unmatched in Washington: interning and doing substantive work at a host of international organizations.  Previous students have interned at foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and the State Department, while taking a “practical” International Relations course from a retired U.S. diplomat with extensive academic experience.

Our unique “Go Green!”

program is geared towards students with a passion for the environment.  From environmental law to advocacy to research, Washington is host to many national environmental organizations.  Potential internships include tracking national legislation for the Environmental Protection Agency, writing press releases for World Wildlife Fund, or researching energy issues for the Climate Institute.