Washington D.C. Summer Study Program

The Washington Summer Study Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to live and work in the Washington, D.C., area while earning academic credit. Each student will serve in a Congressional office, on a committee staff, in a government agency, in a nonprofit organization, or with a public affairs group. In addition to the work experience, the faculty moderator will conduct seminars and arrange supplemental meetings with alumni(ae) and other professionals to enhance the learning experience.

This program is available to students from any major. Many students choose to work with a Senate or House office or with lobbyists and government relations firms. Economics majors can intern with the World Bank, IMF, or numerous other financial institutions. Peace Studies majors on the program have worked for human rights organizations and non-governmental organizations working in international development. Environmental Studies majors can work for the EPA or environmental policy organizations. Others might consider journalism internships, or internships within the federal bureaucracy. Natural Science majors can work for a health policy group and fine arts and humanities majors might think of interning with organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts. There are literally thousands of internships in Washington DC. They are competitive but we assist you through the application process.

Student Information

Registration Information

 

2014 Washington DC Summer Study Group

(35th year of the program!!!)

 

Sixteen students from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, and Saint John's University, Collegeville, are participating in summer internship experiences through the Washington Summer Study Program from May 27 through mid-August.

The program, operated by the political science department at CSB and SJU, is designed to provide students an opportunity to live and work in the Washington, D.C., area while earning academic credit. Each student serves in a congressional office, on a committee staff, in a government agency, in a nonprofit organization or with a public affairs group, learning and working in a community. They apply for their internships based on their interests.

In addition to the work experience, program co-directors Claire Haeg, associate professor of political science at CSB and SJU, and Matt Lindstrom, professor of political science at CSB and SJU,  conduct seminars and arrange supplemental meetings with alumnae/i and other professionals to enhance the learning experience. This summer, the directors will also come to Washington and conduct seminars.

Students serving internships from CSB include:    

Cristina M. Anfang, a nutrition and dietetics major from St. Paul, Minn., who is interning at Momme Meals, a non-profit organization focusing on maternal nutrition.

Bridget N. Barry, a political science and pre-law major from Lenexa, Kansas, who is interning at No Labels, an organization that aims to overcome partisan conflict.

Erin M. Kelso, a political science major from Henderson, Minn., who is interning at Jubilee USA, a non-governmental organization advocating for debt relief for developing nations, as an outreach intern.

Sophia M. Korman, an economics and mathematics major from Clearwater, Minn., who is interning at Groundswell, a non-profit organization advocating for clean and sustainable energy at the local level, as a social innovation fellow.

Makenzie L. Krause, an English and pre-law major from Delano, Minn., who is interning at the Department of Justice in its Office on Violence Against Women.

Jenna R. Maus, a peace studies and political science major from Kimball, Minn., who is interning at Jubilee USA, a non-governmental organization advocating for debt relief for developing nations, as a development and executive associate.

Beth M. Richmond, a political science major from Eau Claire, Wisc., who is interning at the Library of Congress in its European division.

Erynn J. Schroeder, an applied physics and pre-engineering major from Plymouth, Minn., who is interning at AHRI, a trade association, as a research and regulatory affairs intern.

Allison M. Steen, a global business leadership major from Eden Prairie, Minn., who is interning at Global Communities, an international non-governmental organization that works on aid and community development.

Students serving internships from SJU include:

Tyler J. Brown, a political science major from Sioux City, Iowa, who is interning at the office of Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)

Christopher J. Heitzig, an economics major from Brooklyn Park, Minn., who is interning at the Federal Communications Commission in the office of strategic planning.

Benjamin G. Hutterer, a political science major from Prior Lake, Minn., who is interning at the office of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Philip B. Kittock, a political science major from Eden Prairie, Minn., who is interning at the Center for Security Policy, a think tank focusing on international relations, as a national security and media intern.

Luke S. Newgaard, a political science and Hispanic studies from Eden Prairie, Minn., who is interning at David Turch and Associates, a government affairs organization that focuses on transportation policy.

John W. Schwend, a political science major from Winona, Minnesota, who is interning at Ascension Health, a trade association for Catholic hospitals.

Alex H. Trebatoski, a political science and history major from Whitefish Bay, Wisc., who is interning at Environment America, a non-profit organization advocating for environmental issues, as a clean water intern.

 

More About the Program

'12 DC Internship Blog

'10 DC Internship Blog

'09 DC Internship Blog

Previous summers:
Want the inside scoop from students who have interned in D.C.?

View this PowerPoint slide show on: Living, Eating, and Traveling in DC.

Apply online:

Summer 2014 Washington DC Internship Application Form

Related Links