About the SUNY Brockport Washington Internship Program - Summer
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 politicsand all other professional fields. Spend the Summer in Washington, D.C., studying, working and earning up to 6 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
- Program Activities and Networking
- Academic Course-Seminar
- Public policy
- Policy-making process
- Career advice and counseling
- Expert speakers and site visits
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 in politics, business, communications and many more! Here's a sample list of Internship sites:
Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, and Party OrganizationsThe White House
Justice, National Security, Intelligence, and Law Enforcement
- Executive Branch Departments
- Agencies and Commissions
- Democratic and Republican Congressional Offices
- Congressional Committee Offices
- Political Party Organizations
- The Supreme Court, Office of the Clerk
- US Department of Justice
- Office of the DC Attorney General
- Federal and Local Law Enforcement Agencies
- Federal Intelligence and National Security Agencies
- Law Firms
- American Association for Justice
Media and Communications
- Foreign Embassies
- Council on Foreign Relations
- Amnesty International
- American Red Cross
- Organization of American States
- United Nations Information Centre
Interest Groups and Non-Profits
- The Washington Post
- Public Relations & Public Affairs Firms
- Film, Video, and Post-production
- Digital/Social Media
- Graphic Design
Business, Economics, and Finance
- Sierra Club
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Habitat for Humanity
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Humane Society of the United States
- National Federation of Independent Business
- US Chamber of Commerce
- World Bank/International Monetary Fund
- Financial Services Roundtable
- General Accounting Office
- Brookings Institution
- The Heritage Foundation
- The Cato Institute
- Center for American Progress
- American Enterprise Institute
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
*View a list of academic areas that an internship could be offered with the Washington Internship Program, here: Academic Subjects- Internship Programs.pdf
The summer program offers up to 6 academic credits, at the discretion of the student's home school. Students will intern 32-40 hours a week, attend a mandatory evening course that meets one or two evenings a week and are graded on the basis of:
- Internship journal
- Final 5-page evaluation of their Internship
- Complete four short papers on a topic covered by the guest speakers
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.
Visit these links for information on cultural attractions in Washington, DC:
Also, view an interactive map of the city, here: http://washingtondc.micromaps.com/
Developing a Network in Washington, D.C.
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.
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 Summer 2015 (NYS):
Washington Intern Sum 15 NYS EST.pdf
Program Cost for Summer 2015 (Non NYS):
Washington Intern Sum 15 OUT EST.pdf
Program Cost for Summer 2015 GRADUATE (NYS):
Washington Intern Sum 15 Grad NYS EST.pdf
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Program Acceptance Fee
- On-site orientation upon arrival in Washington D.C.
- Seminar course
- Internship placement, advisment, and counseling provided by the 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 (for 6 credits) at their home school (plus—in some cases—their usual student fees: technology fee, library, 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 (for 6 credits) 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 summer may cost anywhere from $1,600 to $4,000, depending on where you choose to live. Food transportation and personal expenses generally cost between $2,000 and $3,200 for the summer.
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.
View a list of possible housing accommodations: 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.
Summer 2015: June 1 - July 24
Summer 2016: June 6 - July 29
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Susan Orr: Associate Professor of Political Science. Email: email@example.com