Washington DC Internship Program
2020 Spring and Summer Information Sessions
Spring applications due in September
Summer applications due in December
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10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
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|Tuesday, March 19th||H-113||
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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|Wednesday, March 20th||H-113||11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, April 9th||H-113||10 a.m. – 11 a.m.|
Since 2006, the Cal State DC program has offered students opportunities to study and intern in our nation's capital. Through our program, students earn academic credit while interning in Washington. Internships can be with nonprofits, advocacy groups, congressional offices, executive agencies, museums, security firms, business groups, political parties, artistic organizations, news and media companies, and a variety of other offices in and around Washington, D.C.
Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from ALL MAJORS are encouraged to apply. Students from other CSU campuses are eligible to apply for the Summer program only). 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.
Program and Housing Costs
The primary costs include tuition, room and board, and transportation to and from DC. Housing for Spring semester is approximately $4,000, while housing for Summer is approximately $3,000. Tuition for Spring is exactly the same as if you were taking the classes on the CSU Fullerton campus. Living expenses vary according to your lifestyle; recent past DC Scholars have reported between $1,500 (summer) and $2,000 (spring). In summer, all students must register and pay tuition and fees through Cal State Fullerton Summer Session or Open University (for other CSU student participants). Round-trip airfare is approximately $450-$550. For more details, see the student budget sheet for each program.
Similar programs often charge thousands of dollars more. Student should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for exact information about costs, 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 future.
Cal State DC student housing is contracted through Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) for reasonable prices and in convenient locations close to transportation, nightlife, and work locations where many of you will be interning.
WISH is a provider of housing for interns from all over the country and all over the world. You will be housed with other 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 many different schools adds to the overall DC Internship experience.
Short term housing is an expensive proposition in Washington, D.C. However, our program negotiates group discount rates and provides a partial subsidy to help offset the cost for students participating in Cal State DC.
Program and Scholarship Application
The Cal State DC Scholars program is open to all CSUF students in good standing. Other CSU students may participate only in the Summer program. Typically, students must have attained Junior standing (60 earned units) prior to enrolling for Cal State DC classes. 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.
Applications for 2020 are accepted on a rolling basis; however, students are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible.
SPRING 2020 – Friday, September 6, 2019
SUMMER 2020 – Monday, December 6, 2019
Applicants applying after these dates must consult with the program staff concerning available space in the program.
This application is ONLY for the Cal State DC Scholars program. By completing this application, students are eligible for inclusion in our program and will be considered for financial assistance. This application is NOT for an internship, or other scholarships, or financial aid. If accepted into the program, students must:
- Work with the program director and staff to identify and secure an internship;
Register for the appropriate Spring or Summer courses;
Attend mandatory pre-departure orientation briefings (dates to be determined).
For assistance in obtaining an internship contact
email@example.com to arrange an appointment with the program director.
Applications will be reviewed by the program director and 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 acceptance will be announced in September for spring semester and November for summer.
Students from other CSU campuses should consult with their campus representative. Program staff will work with your campus representative to evaluate your application.
Opportunities for Students
There are many nonprofits, cultural centers, advocacy groups, businesses, political organizations, lobby firms, think tanks, and other organizations that offer internships. Opportunities are limited only by your imagination! We strongly encourage students to identify potential areas of interest and possible internship sites or organizations before applying, and to discuss their internship interests with an advisor in the Cal State DC Program.
INTERNSHIPS PAGE LINK
Students interested in a DC internship should:
- Attend an information session and application workshop;
- Apply online via the Cal State Fullerton Study Abroad application portal;
- Develop a list of internships that interest you;
- Check internship application due dates;
- Draft a cover letter, resume, and obtain letters of recommendation.
Through the work of many at Cal State Fullerton 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.senate.gov, and U.S. House web sites can be found at www.house.gov. Members of Congress prefer students from their districts but do take students from all over the country. 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
Business and Economics
Engineering & Computer Science
Health and Human Development
Humanities & Social Sciences
Natural Science & Mathematics
Classes in Washington, D.C.
Our program offers students an opportunity to earn 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.
In the Spring Semester, students must enroll in 12 units, which include 6 internship units and two specially designed upper division courses that incorporate the culture, history, and professional networks available only in DC.
Students in the summer program enroll in 6 units, including 3 units of internship.
Prior to finalizing participation in the program, students must meet with their major advisor to discuss whether and how Cal State DC courses can be used to meet major requirements. All students may use the Cal State DC courses as general electives to meet the 120 unit requirement for a bachelor’s degree. (Graduate students will be enrolled in a section of HUM 599 instead of POSC 322.)
HUM 495: Internship
POSC 498: Internship
POSC 322: Leadership for Public Service (GE D.5)
POSC 402: Cal State DC
POSC 498: Internship
POSC 402: Cal State DC
"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."
A Day in the Life of a Cal State DC Scholar
Click on a name below to view a brief video about what it's like to be an intern in D.C.
Vincent Gonzalez – Office of Congressman Mark Takano
Oralia Aldaco – Office of Congressman Lou Correa (alumnus)
Marco Sanchez – United Nations Foundation
Jacqueline Camuy – Office of Congressman Ken Calvert
Leah Milhander – U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee (Majority)
Elizabeth Rojo – Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement – U.S. Dept. of Interior
Peter Rossi – Patriotic Millionaires
Esmeralda Orozco – Office Senator Kamala Harris
Joseph Morales – Office of Congressman Darrell Issa
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.
CSU ChicoProfessor Diana Dwyre
CSU Dominguez HillsLisa Mastramico, Internship Coordinator
College of Arts and Humanities LIB 5532
CSU San BernardinoDr. Pamela J. Schram
Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sonoma State University
Professor David S. McCuan
Support the Cal State DC Scholars Program
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
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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 email@example.com.
Owen Holmes, Director
Professor Kathryn Buechel
Dr. Rob Castro