Washington DC Internships Overview

    A Global Experiences internship in Washington, DC can help provide candidates with specialized work experience in one of the greatest cities in America and the world. Global Experiences provides specialized international internship experience to candidates interested in politics, nonprofit management, marketing, communications, law and a number of other fields for recent graduates and university students from around the world. Washington, DC is just one of Global Experiences popular summer locations, helping students gain incredibly relevant experience each and every summer.

    Washington DC internships with Global Experiences packages a professional internship with a well vetted organization; downtown-DC student housing well positioned to take advantage of DC’s fantastic public transit; award winning, Strengths-based career development; and on-the-ground, DC-area support staff.

    Take the plunge this summer with a full-time, eight week internship in the capital of the United States – Washington, DC!

    About Washington DC

    Washington, DC is known around the world as the nation’s capital, but few understand the District’s reputation as a media, nonprofit, and communications center for the US as well. This burgeoning reputation, as well as DC’s status as America’s center of government make it a perfect choice as a location for valuable summer internships for college students and recent graduates. An internship in Washington, DC allows for unmatched real-world experience that can’t be matched. An internship in the nation’s capital allows interns the chance to see world-renowned architecture, experience a cultural scene that is one of the world’s best, and meet people from around the world.

    What to expect from the Washington DC Internship Program

    Having a Washington, DC internship can easily help you stand out from the crowd, improve your resume, and get hired quicker. Working in this city of contradictions – despite being the home of the US government, the District has no representation in the United States Senate or House of Representatives – tells employers you can cut it anywhere! Thanks to our tried and tested enrollment process, each candidate undergoes a careful review by our top-notch Enrollment Team based on numerous phone consultations and an online application form before being accepted for a summer internship in Washington, DC. Apply early, as this summer internship location fills up fast!

    Each candidate who successfully navigates the extremely competitive selection process receives multiple hours of one-on-one career development with our own Program Advisors – international travelers themselves with extensive knowledge of Washington, DC. This Strengths-based, award winning career development includes unmatched preparation for an interview with a company in your career field matched to you career goals and personal strengths. International candidates will also receive dedicated visa assistance to help navigate the J-1 visa process, a United States Department of State requirement for legally interning in America. The J-1 visa has a separate, associated cost.

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    Program Dates & Tuition

    DC : 8 weeks (Winter 2016)

    Start Date: 01/03/2016

    USD Cost: $7,790

    DC : 8 weeks (Summer 2016) – J1 Visa Participants

    Start Date: 06/05/2016

    USD Cost: $8,290

    DC : 8 weeks (Summer 2016) – Non J1 Visa Participants

    Start Date: 06/05/2016

    USD Cost: $7,690

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    Washington DC Program Inclusions

    As a city populated by just under one million people (with thousands of tourists from all over the globe visting each year), Washington DC is dominated by national and international institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum, the US Capitol, the White House, countless businesses, lobbying organizations, and many international organizations. Within this diverse and powerful city, we have developed a program that is much more than just an internship placement that includes a wide range of components to enhance your overall experience in the U.S. capital.

    Guaranteed Custom Internship Placement

    If accepted into the Program for internship in DC, we can guarantee you an internship placement within your career field. We work with you on a one-to-one basis to understand your academic background, career objectives, travel experiences, and overall expectations for your experience abroad. With this information we are able to place you in a dynamic work environment providing real world professional experience. Through our professional development we will help you improve your professional documents, prepare you for interviews with potential employers, and give you access to the Clifton StregnthsFinder® assessment.

    Housing in Washington DC

    Participants in the D.C. program will stay in the George Washington University housing in single rooms within a student residence just a few blocks from the White House. The rooms are fully furnished, and interns will have access to a shared kitchen on each floor with most kitchen utensils and commodities available.

    Social Events & Excursions

    Your internship in DC experience should be your top priority, but it’s also important to make time to explore the city in which you’re living and enjoy yourself. As such, we coordinate several social events and group excursions on your behalf – all of which are included in your program tuition. These events tend to take place every other weekend and, in DC, may include the following: a tour of the Library of Congress, a tour of the Capitol Building, tickets to a Nationals baseball game, an outdoor movie on the National Mall, and a tour of the city’s famous monuments.

    Other Inclusions

    • Travel and medical insurance valid for the length of the program
    • Staff support & 24/7 emergency contact in Washington DC
    • Career development with access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment
    • Information and assistance obtaining required visa
    • Local Transportation Pass included
    • Welcome social event and orientation meeting
    • Extensive pre-departure information provided by a Program Advisor and online portal

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    Career Fields Available in Washington DC

    As one of the most interesting and influential cities in the world, Washington D.C. is home to premier government, NGO, non-profit, law, international relations, and advocacy internships. In addition to internships that tap into Washington’s core focus, placements in marketing, communications, hospitality, journalism, and more abound as well. Below is just a small sampling of internships in DC.


    Marketing/PR in Public Advocacy

    This prominent professional public service organization is seeking an intern to assist with research and data analysis. This organization serves to advance the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration. This organization promotes the value of joining the public service profession, building bridges among all who pursue public purposes, while providing networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values.

    Ideal candidates: The ideal intern should have strong written and oral communication skills. This organization is open to students from a variety of majors. Excellent computer skills with strong attention to detail.


    Markeing/PR for a Women’s Style Magazine

    The ideal candidates must have excellent interpersonal communication skills, telephone, MS Word – mail merge, Excel, Power Point, Access, speak Spanish (preferred) and English fluently. Flexibility to work 20 hours a week.

    Ideal Candidate: Excellent interpersonal communication skills, telephone, MS Word – mail merge, Excel, Power Point, Access, speaks Spanish (preferred) and English fluently.

    Communications (TV/Radio)

    Civil Society Communications Internship with Exciting Nonprofit

    Currently obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree in PR, Advertising, English, Journalism, International Relations or related field. Applications from recent graduates will also be accepted.

    Ideal Candidate: Writing, editing, and proofreading program publications and proposal documents: translating documents and other multimedia materials in English and/or Spanish, Updating the program website and related micro sites, Organizing and maintaining the database of photographs, videos, and other material


    Art and Education

    At its office near the Kennedy Center in Washington, this organization offers unpaid internships around the year to outstanding university students. Full time interns work between 35 and 40 hours a week. An intern’s responsibilities may include fundraising, marketing of the organizations magazine, promotion of the Arts Olympiad to schools, social media, and writing and research.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be expected to provide a writing sample CV/ Resume and cover letter

    Environmental Science

    Environmental Advocacy

    A national environmental NGO based in Washington is looking for an legislative intern to help in the fight for environmental policy reform! Students with a passion for environmental preservation and politics will find this placement to be an amazing introduction to legislative lobbying and research in the nation’s capital. Government/Policy or environmental majors are encouraged to apply for this role, which will see them advocating in the halls of congress!

    Ideal Candidate:3rd year public policy, government, or environmental student with good research skills, writing ability, and a passion for environmental preservation.


    Finance – Non-profit

    This is an exciting opportunity for current students or recent college graduates to gain experience with nonprofit financial management, federal award compliance and grants management.

    Ideal Candidate: Applicants should be current students or recent college graduates from an accredited university. Desired areas of study include: business administration, nonprofit management or finance/accounting. A strong interest in nonprofit management is required.


    Non profit focused on Latino legal civil rights

    They would like geographic diversity (no CA or TX); students who have spent time in the community, doesn’t have to be bilingual but if they are it opens them to other internship possibilities. Any humanities/liberal arts/statistics. 5-10 pg writing sample. student needs to bring their own laptop.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate should come with coursework or work experience in humanities, liberal arts, policy, or politics. The intern will have interest in the Latino community but does not have to be bilingual.

    Human Resources

    Human Resources Internship

    This non-profit organization is seeking interns on a rolling basis to learn about Human Resources in a practical environment as a supplement to their studies. Interns will be involved in supporting an active, internationally-focused, non-profit organization in many different facets of HR. Interns will be able to gain wide exposure to recruiting, employee relations, benefits administration, training and meeting coordination, audits, and other projects as they occur day to day in the department.

    Ideal Candidate: The successful student will be: A junior, senior, or graduate student, majoring in Human Resources, Organizational Psychology, Business, or a related field. Strong, hard-working work ethic. Mature, pleasant and honest manner with a high degree of professional and personal ethics and highly confidential. Positive customer service attitude French language skills a plus.


    Boutique Hotel Management/ Hospitality Intern

    For almost a century, this boutique hotel has offered an eclectic yet refined atmosphere for anyone seeking a European-style oasis on American soil. The charming and unique setting is the perfect destination for all occasions. They create lifelong relationships with their guests by exceeding their expectations through our unrivaled quality in service, cuisine, and décor. This hotel seeks a hotel management/ hospitality intern to assist in all areas of hotel management.

    Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidate will be studying Hotel Management, Hospitality, Tourism or similar field. Must have a positive “can do”, helpful attitude.


    Law / Legal Intern

    Bright self starter, having completed at least his or her Junior year of Undergrad. Strong writing, research, and organizational skills. Familiarity or an interest in transportation, energy, and health care issues a plus.

    Ideal Candidate: Research and writing, tracking legislation, attending Congressional and Agency hearings, providing reports of hearings. Providing administrative and litigation support.

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    Legal/ Legislative Internship

    Assisting this organization’s Legal Director with direct client support and prospective client intakes; Conducting legal research to assemble the legislative history and case law as context for subsequent law review articles and CLE programs on new whistleblower rights; Providing congressional briefings on primary legislative campaigns, ranging from stronger rights for national security whistleblowers to protection against criminal retaliation; Advocating for completion of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act for federal employees and federal contractors.

    Ideal Candidate: APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 30. Must be a third year law student or recent law school graduate.


    Education for All Intern

    This organization is a nonprofit citizens’ advocacy organization dedicated to generating the public and political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. It also works with partners and allies around the world, including international organizations and NGOs in Asia, Africa, and Europe. focuses advocacy and educational efforts on addressing diseases such as TB and HIV/AIDS and other major killers of people in poverty, achieving education for all, and expanding access to microfinance for the very poor.

    Ideal Candidate: Completed B.A./B.S. or graduate students preferred. International development experience or knowledge is a plus. Office experience desired, preferably in a non-profit setting on a team-oriented project. Excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail are absolutely necessary.

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    Washington DC Internship Program Eligibility

    All Global Experiences participants must be 18-30 years of age and have completed 1-2 years of relevant university coursework and/or experience within their chosen internship field. All U.S. citizens must be currently enrolled as a full-time student. We cannot accept students into the DC program who have already graduated from university or college.

    International students studying in the U.S. on an F-1 are eligible, and able to use a CPT or OPT to participate.

    All other non-U.S. citizens are required to obtain a J-1 visa to legally intern in the United States. To qualify for a J-1 visa you must be a current university student or have graduated university within 12 months of starting the internship. All persons interested in an internship in the United States must have an advanced knowledge of the English language.

    Please note: Those requiring a J-1 visa will incur a visa processing tuition around $1,200 in addition to the cost of the program. This tuition is not imposed by Global Experiences.

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    Washington DC Internship Program Tuition and Schedule

    Improve your resume with one of our Washington DC internships with Global Experiences. Living in the heart of the USA’s capital will give you the confidence and professional experience essential to be competitive in today’s global market. An internship in DC includes centralized housing, social events, award-winning career development, and support from our staff every step of the way. Spend your summer gaining first-hand experience in your career field and exploring the beautiful city of D.C. Read below for more information about the program tuition, start dates, and financing options.

    What’s Included

    • Guaranteed internship placement
    • Professional development
    • Interview preparation
    • Access to the Gallup StrengthsFinder® assessment
    • US-based dedicated Program Advisor
    • Pre-departure informational packets
    • Visa support
    • Furnished accommodation
    • Welcome orientation upon arrival
    • Group social events and excursions
    • Travel/medical insurance
    • International mobile phone or SIM card
    • Local support staff
    • 24/7 emergency contact

    Payment Options

    Upon acceptance to the program, we require a $1,000 USD deposit to secure your spot. The remainder of the program tuition can be paid with the following options.

    Pay in 30 Days: The program tuition balance will be due within 30 days of enrollment.

    Installment Plan: The Installment plan allows for students to break up the remaining balance into equal monthly payments. The full program tuition must be paid 30 days prior to departure. There is a 5% interest fee on installment payments. Consult the Global Experiences accounts department (accounts@globalexperiences.com) for more information.

    3 Year Plan: Through our partnership with Upstart, you’ll be able to pay off your program over a 3 year period at a low rate. Simply apply, get approved, and secure your funds for your program. You’ll then be able to pay off your program over a longer period of time, reducing your monthly payments.


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    Program Dates & Tuition

    DC : 8 weeks (Winter 2016)

    Start Date: 01/03/2016

    USD Cost: $7,790

    DC : 8 weeks (Summer 2016) – J1 Visa Participants

    Start Date: 06/05/2016

    USD Cost: $8,290

    DC : 8 weeks (Summer 2016) – Non J1 Visa Participants

    Start Date: 06/05/2016

    USD Cost: $7,690

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    Financing for Internship

    Program Tuition Details and Mission Philosophy

    What goes in to our program? We pride ourselves on transparency; below you will see a breakdown of exactly what the program tuition goes towards. Global Experiences is committed to the most affordable programming while still ensuring a top tier experience for our participants..


    Internship placement, pre-departure staff, career development, visa assistance- Ensuring the highest quality and personalized program means having a committed staff spending many hours of one-on-one time with our each of our participants.

    Housing- We often negotiate contracts with housing 18 months in advance and make deposits for our students to ensure we get quality housing in the best location possible.

    Location staff, program orientation costs and social activities- We have permanently based staff in every location, and will send more staff to assist with larger groups when needed to ensure we have plenty of local support for our interns.

    Management and organizational costs- Management, marketing, rent, university program development and campus visits, technology, professional services, travel and program development and other costs.

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