Cal State DC Scholars Program

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Washington DC Internship Program

Cal State DC Spring 2017 Application and Information Sessions.
Date Room Time
Wednesday, August 24th H-113 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thursday, August 25th H-113 5:00-6:00 pm
Monday, August 29th H-113 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tuesday, August 30th H-113 11:30am - 12:30pm

Wednesday, August 31st

Thursday September 1st



5:30pm - 6:30pm

2:30pm -3:30pm



Since 2006, the Cal State DC program has offered students opportunities to study and intern in our nation's capital. Through our program students enroll in full-time academic units while interning in Washington. Internships can be with congressional offices, executive agencies, museums, security firms, business groups, political parties, advocacy groups, non-profits, and a variety of other offices in and around Washington, D.C. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all majors and CSU campuses are encouraged to apply.  The program is neither partisan nor ideological and welcomes students from all political persuasions. 

Below you will find information and links to additional information about the application process, the courses, internship opportunities, financial aid, and housing information. You will also find information about other services provided through this program like special networking receptions, a speaker series, and tours of interesting places during your summer stay.

Program Costs

Program costs can vary based upon personal preferences. The primary costs include tuition, room and board, and transportation to and from DC. Housing for a full semester is approximately $4000 and for the summer is approximately $3000. Tuition is the exact same as if you were taking the classes on the home CSU Fullerton campus. Airfare runs approximately $450 for a round trip ticket. Similar programs often charge thousands of dollars more. Students should contact us at for exact information about costs and about available scholarships and financial support. Although financial assistance is available, interested students are encouraged to prepare and save for such a program and treat it as an investment in their futures.



Program and Scholarship Application

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Program Requirements: The Cal State DC program is open to all CSU Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students in good standing. Financial aid is available on a competitive basis to CSU Fullerton students through our program.  Normally a 3.0 GPA is required for admission to the program. However, students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply if they also have strong references and relevant experiences and activities.

Application Deadline:

SUMMER 2017 PROGRAM: Applications for Summer 2017 are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  If students want to be considered for financial assistance, they must apply by Monday, February 13th 2017.  Students who apply after this date, may be placed on a waiting list.  Please consult with the program staff concerning available space in the program for late applicants.

Important Reminder: This application is only for the Cal State DC Internship Program. By completing this application, students are eligible for inclusion in our program and will be considered for financial aid through our fellowship program. This application is NOT for an internship.  Students must:

(1) work with our faculty and staff to secure a DC Internship

(2) register for the appropriate courses

For assistance in obtaining an internship contact the program at

Applications will be reviewed by the Program Director, Faculty Director, and program staff. Files are evaluated based on GPA, letters of recommendation, writing ability, and extra-curricular activities. Acceptance into the program will be determined on a rolling basis and decisions about financial assistance will be announced in November for spring semester.

Students from other CSU campuses should consult with their campus representative.  Program staff will work with your campus representative to evaluate your application.



Internship Opportunities

Opportunities for Students

There are many political organizations, lobby firms, think tanks, advocacy groups, and other organizations that generally offer internships.We strongly encourage students to do their homework on them before applying, and to discuss these groups with an advisor in the Cal State DC program.

Students interested in a DC internship should:

  • Submit Cal State DC application forms
  • Attend an information session and application workshop
  • Develop a list of internships that interest you
  • Check application due dates
  • Draft a cover letter, resume, and obtain letters of recommendation
  • Submit applications to internship offices


Through the work of many at CSUF and the support of our alumni network here and in Washington, we have developed relationships with a number of internship offices. CSU Fullerton students who are interested in exploring these opportunities should contact the Cal State DC office at to discuss such opportunities.

Opportunities in Congressional Offices

Applications and information about Congressional internships are available at the web pages of each individual member. Senate web sites can be found at and U.S. House web sites can be found at Members of Congress prefer students from their districts but do take students from all over the country, with no party affiliation, and even students from the other party. If you have questions about applying contact the internship coordinator for that office or the Cal State DC office.

Examples of past Internships by College

The Arts

  • Ford's Theatre
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Kennedy Performing Arts Center
  • PBS & NPR

Business and Economics

  • Import/Export Bank
  • NPR Finance
  • Center for Economic Justice


  • Fox News DC
  • CNN
  • National Geographic
  • Washington Post


  • U.S. Department of Education
  • White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education
  • Achieving the Dream

Engineering & Computer Science

  • NASA
  • Imagine One Technology and Management
  • Aerospace Industries Association

Health and Human Development

  • American Red Cross
  • The One Campaign
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • National Coalition for the Homeless
  • U.S. Congress
  • Secret Service
  • Smithsonian Museum

Natural Science & Mathematics

  • Earth Day Network
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



Classes in Washington, D.C.

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students in DCThrough our program students will earn full-time college credit on site in Washington, DC from courses taught and supervised by CSU faculty. These courses are designed to help students get the most out of their experiences while still progressing towards graduation.



 "The best feature of working in DC was the variety of tasks I was given. There was hardly a dull moment on the job and I would rarely end up doing the same thing twice. My internship far exceeded the expectations I had and I would not have changed a thing about it."


Congratulations to our 2017 Spring Cal State DC Residential Faculty:

  • Professor Don Matthewson
  • Professor Kathryn Buechel


In the Spring Semester, students will enroll in 15 units which include internship units and specially designed upper division courses that incorporate the culture, history, and professional networks available only in DC. In the Summer Program, students enroll in 6 units including internship units and a course focused on the applied world of politics, history, finance, and various policy issues such as national security, environmental issues, and others based upon student interest. 





Housing for Cal State DC Group Shot

Short term housing is an expensive proposition in Washington, D.C.  Our program has negotiated group discount rates to help offset the cost for students participating in Cal State DC. Student housing is contracted through an organization that provides housing for interns from all over the country and all over the world.  You will be housed with other Cal State students and be able to enjoy special networking events sponsored by the housing agency and will include people from various career paths in DC.  The residential experience of living with and near interns from all across the CSUs and all over the world adds to the overall DC Internship experience.

We negotiate a contract with the WISH Housing offices which has housing available for reasonable prices and in convenient locations close to transportation, nightlife, and work locations for where many of you will intern. Cal State Fullerton students automatically receive an extra housing subsidy by securing their housing under this contract.  Please contact the Program Director and your campus representative to see about financial assistance for participants from other campuses.



Information for Students at Other CSU Campuses

Throughout the history of the program, Cal State Fullerton has welcomed students from other Cal State campuses into the program and we work with people on your campus to ensure a smooth transition of academic units and financial assistance to help students participate in this life changing experience.

Students from other campuses should contact the Program Director and their campus representative.  Applications will be evaluated by the program staff and by your campus representative.  If you do not see a representative from your campus listed below, please contact the program so we can get in touch with the appropriate person from your campus.

Sonoma State University

Professor David S. McCuan

CSU Los Angeles

Professor Taylor Dark

CSU Dominguez Hills

Dean Mitch Avila


CSU San Marcos

Leo Malena

CSU Chico

Professor Diana Dwyre





Support the Cal State DC Scholars Program

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CSU Fullerton's Cal State DC program is not possible without the support of many friends of the program. The often life-changing opportunity such as this is invaluable to our students and click here to go to a secure giving siteOpens in new window .

Gift Opportunities

Gift opportunities are available for individuals, corporations, or organizations interested in supporting students participating in the CSUF D.C. Internship Program. The average cost per student to attend the program is around $5000. Financial support will be used for housing, course registration, travel or other program expenses. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and can be awarded to students accepted into the program. Named scholarship opportunities are available for donors making a four year commitment of $10,000 or more, $2500 per year for four years.

For additional information about supporting the D.C. Internship program, please contact Alina Mircea-Trotz, Associate Director of Development for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at (657) 278-2559 or




Stephen J. Stambough, Founding Director

Amie Zeoli, Faculty Director

Program Email


657 278 2933


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