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The Brockport Washington D.C. Internship Program
Washington, D.C., United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 06/15/2015
06/16/2015 08/31/2015 12/18/2015
Spring 2016 11/15/2015
11/20/2015 01/25/2016 05/13/2016
Fall 2016 05/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Name: The Brockport Washington D.C. Internship Program Country: United States of America
Program Type: Internship Region: North America
Term: Fall, Spring, Summer City: Washington, D.C.
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate
Academic Fields Available: Business and Management, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Internship, Language and Cultural Studies, Law, Social Sciences
Program Description:


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. 

Program Components: 
  • Professional Internship
  • Research Project
  • Program Activities and Networking
  • Academic Course-Seminar
    • Public policy
    • Policy-making process
    • Career advice and counseling
    • Expert speakers and site visits
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There’s An Internship For You!

Internship opportunities are available for students in all majors. The internship is the core element in this experiential learning opportunity offered through the Brockport Washington Internship Program. Students work full time four days a week (Monday through Thursday) for 15 weeks (semester program) or eight weeks (summer program).
The internship allows students to participate in their own learning outcomes, and most find that the experience broadens their perspective on the world and career possibilities. In addition, employers and graduate programs view internships as a positive indicator of future success in work and professional environments. 

The program staff will help you make the best decision through personal advising before you come to Washington.  Ultimately, the final decision about where to intern belongs to you.

Internships are available for all majors! Below is a list of Internship categories.
To request a list of sample placements in one, or more, of the categories, email us at

Agriculture & Food Policy
Arts, Entertainment & Music
Earth Sciences, Geography & Geology
Education Policy and Administration
Emergency & Crisis Management
Environment & Energy Issues
Fashion & Retail
Financial, Accounting & Economics
Health Care & Health Policy
Hospitality, Tourism & Event Planning
Human Resources & Labor
Intelligence, Law Enforcement & National/Homeland Security
International Affairs
International Development
Law, Legal & Justice
Media - TV/Radio/Print/Production
Museums, History, Preservation & Archives
Politics, Campaign & Party Organizations
Public Relations/Affairs, Marketing, Advertising & Communications
Science & Technology
Social Work
Sports Administration & Management
Think Tanks

*View a list of academic areas that an internship could be offered with the Washington Internship Program, here: Academic Subjects- Internship Programs.pdf

Academic Requirements 

The 15-week semester program offers up to 16 academic credits, at the discretion of the student's home school. Students intern 32 hours a week, attend a weekly seminar class on Fridays and are graded on the basis of: 
  • Field supervisors' evaluations
  • Program director's evaluations
  • Student's internship journal
  • Speaker analysis papers
  • Internship Presentation
  • 10-page internship evaluation paper 
  • 20-page research paper
  • Participation in class meetings 

The Curriculum: 

Part 1: 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.)

Part 2: 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. 

Part 3: Consists of student presentations on their internship.

Part 4: 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.
  • Each student will make a half-hour presentation on the subject of the research paper.
  • 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, lectures and professional meetings available most evenings, students also have the opportunity to experience:Tour of the White House

  • The US Capitol and Washington Monument
  • Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials at night
  • oral argument sessions at the Supreme Court
  • Smithsonian Institution Museums
  • Union Station
  • Receptions at Foreign Embassies
  • the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre
  • free performances at the Kennedy Center
  • The Main Reading Room and the architecture at the Library of Congress
  • Tour of the Bureau of Engraving
  • Professional Sports Teams in 5 sports
  • the Holocaust Museum
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • …and much more.

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Visit these links for information on cultural attractions in Washington, D.C.: 

Also, view an interactive map of the city, here:

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 DC, or elsewhere.

You will also join our network of alumni that have participated in the program over the last 47 years.  Program alumni are frequent speakers for the Seminar, and might also be your internship supervisors, or work colleagues.

Employment Opportunities:

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 SUNY Washington graduates serving in many congressional, White House, judicial and non-governmental policy positions.


Fees for Brockport's Washington D.C. Internship Semester Program

Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program (Fall 2015)

$5,099.50 (Est. NYS Resident Cost); $8,699.50 (Est. Non-NYS Resident Cost)

Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program (Spring 2016)
$5,099.50 (Est. NYS Resident Cost); $8,699.50 (Est. Non-NYS Resident Cost)


  • Tuition
  • 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.
  • Various Campus Specific Fees* (college fee, technology fee, etc.)

  • Meals while in Washington, D.C.
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Personal Expenses (will vary depending on own spending habits)
*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. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office at your home school. If applying or receiving financial aid, you will need to give the Financial Aid Office (at your home school) a copy of your acceptance letter and budget sheet.

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 has a preferred provider for housing in Washington. Housing for the semester may cost anywhere from $3,900 to $4,200, depending on the size of room you choose to live in. Food, transportation and personal expenses generally cost between $2,000 and $3,000 for the semester.


Students are responsible for applying and paying for housing independently. The SUNY Washington Program's preferred housing option for the program is with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH),

WISH offers a shared, furnished housing on Capitol Hill near to our Office and classes, and is convenient to Metro and transportation. You will be living with other students from the SUNY Washington program. WISH offers a fully-furnished apartment with utilities and amenities included.

*Indicate on your application that you are with the "SUNY Washington Internship Program"*, 
  and list Robert Walter as your "Campus Coordinator/Recruiter" on the application.

Double-occupancy: $4,300 per semester 
Triple-occupancy: $4,100 per semester 
Quad-occupancy: $3,900 per semester

Security Deposit (refundable) $ 200 per student - due December 1 to reserve housing
Processing Fee $ 300 per student - due December 1 to reserve housing.


Spring 2015: January 26 - May 15
Fall 2015: August 31 - December 18
Spring 2016: January 25 - May 13

Contact Information

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
Twitter: @SUNYWashington

Academic Coordinators of the SUNY Brockport Washington Internship Program:

Dr. Dena Levy: Chair of The Department of Political Science. Email:
Dr. Susan Orr: Associate Professor of Political Science. Email: