About the SUNY Brockport Washington Internship Program - Semester
The SUNY Brockport Washington Internship Program allows students to experience the excitement of our nation's capital, an ideal location to experience direct involvement in politics and all other professional fields . Spend the Fall or Spring in Washington, D.C., studying, working and earning up to 16 academic credits. Since 1967, more than 3,700 students have participated in this elite internship program. It is open to sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students from colleges and universities around the world.
- Professional Internship
- Research Project
- Academic Course-Seminar
- Public policy
- Policy-making process
- Career advice and counseling
- Expert speakers and site visits
Internship opportunities are abound in a wide range of disciplines and students in all majors are welcome to apply. The internship is the core element in this experiential learning opportunity. Students work full time four days a week (Monday through Thursday) for 15 weeks during the semester. The internship allows students to plan and control their own learning outcomes, and most find that the experience broadens their perspective on the world and their own possibilities. In addition, employers and graduate programs view internships as a positive indicator of future success in work and professional environments.
To help you make the best decision, the program staff will interview you before you come to Washington and assist you as you define your internship and research objectives. They will then provide you with several internship possibilities and (when they exist) evaluations of the offices and organizations written by former program participants. More than 80 percent of the internships selected by past students have received a rating of "excellent" or "superior" by program participants. Ultimately, the final decision about where to intern belongs to you.
Internships are available in politics, business, communications and many more! Here's a sample list of Internship sites:
Party Organizations, Media Associations, Interest Groups and Think Tanks
Government Executive Branch
- American Federation of Teachers
- Agricultural Council of America
- American Arts Alliance
- American Counseling Association
- American Enterprise Institute
- Gannett News Service
Government Legislative Branch
- The White House
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Education
- Department of Health and Human Service
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State
Government Judicial Branch and Law and Justice Internships
- Offices of NY Senators Schumer and Gillibrand
- Republican and Democratic Congressional Offices
- Congressional Committee Offices
International Affairs Internships
- The Supreme Court, Office of the Clerk
- US Department of Justice
- Office of the DC Attorney General
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS)
- The Eurasia Center
- American-Israel Public Affairs Committee
- Amnesty International
- Embassy of Japan
- Human Rights Watch
- Organization of American States
- Institute for International Education
- National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- United Nations Information Centre
*View a list of academic areas that an internship could be offered with the Washington Internship Program, here: Academic Subjects- Internship Programs.pdf
The 15-week semester program offers up to 15 academic credits, at the discretion of the student's home school. Students intern 32-40 hours a week, attend one class weekly and are graded on the basis of:
- field supervisors' evaluations
- program director's evaluations
- student's internship journal
- 10-page internship evaluation paper
- 20-page research paper
- student participation in class meetings
Consists of an orientation to Washington and the policy-making process, a discussion of internships in general, the internship experiences of past and current students and an explanation by the instructor of the program (research papers, student presentations, journals, etc.)
Consists of a series of seminars led by outside experts on selected aspects of public policy and process. Typically, students have the opportunity to hear 10-12 guest speakers. An effort is made to include speakers who complement the internship experiences of the students.
Consists of student presentations. Each student is responsible for a one-hour presentation. Generally, students make their presentations on the topic covered by their research paper.
The Research Component
- One of the academic requirements of the semester program is the submission of a 5,000-word research paper. Successful papers are well-researched, carefully and completely documented, logically and coherently organized and written in an acceptable academic style. The uniqueness of the Washington setting and internship placement allows students the opportunity to engage in original research, which may involve examining new issues and talking with and interviewing experts on policy and the policy-making process.
- As part of the program, students prepare research papers drawing and expanding upon their internship experiences. Since January 2000, the program has published the Journal of Public Policy and the Policy-Making Process, which recognizes exemplary student research and writing skills. The journal is published twice a year, corresponding roughly to the fall and spring academic semesters. View the list of past contributors for the journal here: Journal of Public Policy and the Policy.pdf
Living in Washington: The center of a vibrant cultural life
In addition to the numerous networking receptions and meetings available most evenings, students will have the opportunity to experience: The Capitol… Giant Pandas at the National Zoo… the Jefferson Memorial at night… Cherry blossoms in April… oral argument sessions at the Supreme Court… Union Station… the world’s busiest museum (Air and Space)… the rest of the Smithsonian… a Sunday stroll along Embassy Row… Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse… the Lincoln Memorial… paddle boats on the tidal basin… the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre… riding the tour bus… Dim Sum in Chinatown…free performances at the Kennedy Center… a tour of the White House… the bike path from Alexandria to downtown Washington… the Reading Room and the architecture at the Library of Congress… the books and exhibitions at the Library of Congress... “Happy Hours”… the FDR Memorial… shredded money at the Bureau of Engraving… the Capitol Steps… the lighting of the national Christmas tree… the Mets vs. the Nationals... the Yankees vs. the Orioles… the Holocaust Museum… Arlington National Cemetery… Pentagon City… Gallery Place… and much more.
Visit these links for information on cultural attractions in Washington, D.C.:
Also, view an interactive map of the city, here: http://washingtondc.micromaps.com/
Developing a Network in Washington
It's not who you know, but who knows you.
Washington offers one of the most vibrant job markets in the nation. In the past several years, there have been more jobs created in Washington than in most similarly-sized cities in the country. In fact, Washington has ranked #1 in "knowledge jobs" (i.e., managerial, professional and technical jobs) for the last several years. Many students who have gone through the Brockport Washington Internship Program have taken advantage of the job market and have embarked on careers in the public and private sectors in Washington, D.C. In addition, program graduates have served as top campaign staff, advisors and consultants in presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and local elections. The internship experience can open doors and offer access to Washington, giving participants a critical advantage when it comes to landing that first job in D.C., or elsewhere.
In the past 10 years, nearly one-third of the student interns have received job offers directly or indirectly as a result of their participation in the program. You'll find Brockport graduates serving in many congressional, White House, judicial and non-governmental policy positions.
Program Cost for Spring 2015 Semester (NYS): $4,460.00 (est.)
Washington Intern Spring 2015 NYS EST.pdf
Program Cost for Spring 2015 Semester (Non NYS): $8,260.00 (est.)
Washington Intern Spring 2015 Out EST.pdf
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Program Acceptance Fee
- On-site orientation upon arrival in Washington D.C.
- Seminar course
- Internship placement, advisement, and counseling provided by Washington D.C. office
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services.
- Meals while in Washington, D.C.
- Personal Expenses (will vary depending on own spending habits)
- Various fees* (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
*Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
SUNY Students, who are New York State residents, pay in-state tuition at their home school (plus—in some cases—their usual student fees: technology fee, library fee, athletic fee, student government fee, etc.). The Washington program fee will be paid directly to The College at Brockport.
SUNY students, who are not New York state residents, pay out-of-state tuition to their home schools at their home campus SUNY rate, but do not have to pay the program fee to The College at Brockport since it is included in their tuition payment.
Private school students generally pay their regular home school tuition and fees directly to their home school, which forwards the appropriate fees to The College at Brockport.
In addition, students are responsible for paying their housing, food, transportation, and personal expenses while in Washington.
The College at Brockport does not provide student housing, but please check the link on this web page for recommendedations for housing in Washington. Housing for the semester may cost anywhere from $3,200 to $5,000, depending on where you choose to live. Food transportation and personal expenses generally cost between $3,000 and $4,000 for the semester.
Students are responsible for securing housing independently. The College at Brockport does not provide, make arrangements for or sponsor any housing options in Washington, D.C.
To view a list of possible housing accommodations, click here: Housing Information.pdf
The purpose of this list is merely to assist prospective students in seeking as many short term housing options as possible. Further, students are encouraged to seek other sources to secure the best possible options. Failure to successfully secure housing does not warrant a program fee refund past the registration deadline.
Fall 2014: September 2 - December 12
Spring 2015: January 26 - May 15
For more information, please contact:
Phone: (202) 403-8507
Fax: (202) 403-8509
Address: SUNY Brockport Washington Program
444 North Capital Street NW, Suite 221
Washington, DC 20001
Academic Coordinators of the SUNY Brockport Washington Internship Program:
Dr. Dena Levy: Chair of The Department of Political Science. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Susan Orr: Associate Professor of Political Science. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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