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
- 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 8 weeks during the summer. 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
- 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)
International Affairs Internships
- 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 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 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, 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 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 Summer 2014 (NYS):
Washington Intern Summer 14 NYS.pdf
Program Cost for Summer 2014 (Non NYS):
Washington Intern Summer 14 Out 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
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
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