Semester in Washington, D.C. Program


International Relations: Internship/Internship Class

Students mix theory with practice by participating in the Semester in Washington Program in International Relations Internship/Internship Class. Three days per week, students immerse themselves in a professional experience in a federal agency, multinational institution, diplomatic or foreign-service entity, non-governmental organization, law firm, or private sector company.

Internships take students behind the scenes for a first-hand look at complex global issues and the forces that drive them. On what issues do U.S. Cabinet members work together with the World Bank? How do NGOs support Congress in developing internationally focused legislation? From economics to security studies, international law to global policy, internships offer students a passport to a world of connections and hands-on experience, earning them 3 credits in conjunction with the accompanying internship class.

Students reflect on their internship experience in weekly class meetings. In addition, the electronic portfolio allows students to critically analyze their internships in a creative and academic manner. Capturing both process and outcome of their respective internships, the e-portfolio presents a lasting depiction of their Semester in Washington experience.

Several weeks before the start of the spring semester, Georgetown University provides students with a network of organizations as well as extensive guidance to secure an internship position. Semester in Washington internship advisors guide students in finding and selecting a position that aligns closely with their individual academic and professional goals. Georgetown University also provides advice on every aspect of the internship, from preparing a winning resume to learning effective interview techniques to developing essential networking skills.

Over the course of the semester, students reach beyond the work at their selected organizations to share their experiences, ask questions and discuss their internships in relation to assigned readings and class exercises. Students reflect on the ethical and leadership implications of their internships and the role their work can have on society as a whole.

While the internship constitutes 60 percent of each student's final grade, the accompanying internship class and respective class assignments constitute 40 percent of the final grade for the overall internship/internship class grade.

Possible Internships Include:
Advocacy Project
American Academy of Diplomacy
American Institute for German Contemporary Studies
Amnesty International
Atlantic Council of the United States
Brookings Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
CATO Institute
CBS News
Center for International Policy
Center for Strategic & International Studies
Council on Foreign Relations
Embassy of Canada
Embassy of France
EU Delegation of the European Commission to the USA
Export-Import Bank
FINCA International
Freedom House
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Genocide Intervention Network
German Embassy
German Historical Institute
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Henrich Boell Foundation North America
The Heritage Foundation
Hudson Institute
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
International Crisis Group
International Law Institute
Justice Policy Institute
Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Middle East Institute
Millennium Challenge Corporation
National Association of Counties
NBC News
New Zealand Embassy
Organization of American States
Pan-American Health
Peace Corps
Polaris Project
TransAfrica Forum
United Nations Foundation
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
U.S. Congress
U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
U.S. Senate
Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Women's Foreign Policy Group
Woodrow Wilson Center
World Affairs Council of Washington, DC

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