D.C. Internships


Students enrolled in the Washington Semester participate in an internship. GWU staff work one-on-one with students to provide guidance and suggestions as you apply to internships of interest.

Internship Assistance

Once you are selected for the Washington Semester Program, you will be asked to complete an internship questionnaire, which will provide GWU staff with specific information on the kinds of internships that interest you. Students are encouraged to consult the database, apply to at least 10 organizations, and notify GWU staff of where they have applied. GWU staff will follow up on those applications and will provide individual assistance with:

  • Writing resumes
  • Conducting interviews
  • Clarifying students’ interests
  • Matching organizations with students
  • Working with students whose internships have early deadlines

Students are encouraged to schedule internship interviews before arriving in Washington. If you receive several offers, you are free to select the internship that interests you most.

Dress Code

Interns are expected to dress in a professional manner, in line with the organization at which they work. Usually, coats and ties are required for men. Suits, dresses, or pantsuits are usually required for women.

Past Internships for USC Students

Spring 2016:
Senator Michael Lee (R-UT)
Berger Hirschberg Strategies
Van Ness Feldman LLP

Spring 2015:
Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee
Department of Education – White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
EMILY’s List
US House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Health Subcommittee
Congresswoman Karen Bass
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman

Spring 2014:
Senator Maria Cantwell
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
US Trade Representative
LA Times – DC Bureau
Congressman Derek Kilmer
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
Congresswoman Karen Bass

Spring 2013:
Senator Feinstein
Senator Mark Udall
Department of Education
Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
Peace Building Coalition
Women’s Campaign Fund

Spring 2012:
Congressman Blumenauer
Senator Tom Harkin
Sierra Club
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S Department of Treasury

Spring 2011:
American Continental Group
Congressman David Dreier
Center for American Progress
Republican Governors Association
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Spring 2010:
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Senator Michael Bennet
Beacon Consulting Group

Spring 2009:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz
Congressman Barney Frank
Congressman Ciro Rodriguez
The Hill
The Dershowitz Group
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Senator John Kerry

Spring 2008:
House Subcommittee on European Affairs
Center for American Progress
The Democratic National Committee
Congressman Barney Frank
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Roll Call
Congresswoman Hilda Solis

Spring 2007:
Congressman Adam Schiff
Department of Labor
Congressman Steve Israel
Hardball with Chris Matthews
Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research
Nancy Bocshor (fundraising)
Dutko Worldwide