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Internships in Washington, D.C.

Updated on June 1, 2011

Intern in Washington D.C.

Completing an internship at one of the many organizations in Washington D.C. can be an invaluable experience for college students. Corporations, embassies, volunteer groups, scientific organizations, law and lobbying firms, trade associations, and major media headquarters, as well as federal government and congressional offices hire college students to work as interns. Completing an internship in Washington D.C. can enhance a student's experience and help to ensure that there is a good balance between the achievement of academic and professional goals. It can expand one's network of contacts beyond their local borders, enable students to meet and learn about people from other parts of the country, and create a more "globally competitive" candidate for hire after graduation.

As far as where to live while doing the internship, sometimes a college's career office will assist students with their search for suitable housing in the area. Some students may choose to live with family or friends in a particular area, while others may contact realtors for information about rooms and apartments. Other students may choose to be roommates while serving in an internship in the same location. In cities such as Washington D.C., students attending colleges in that area often sub-let their apartments to those serving summer internships in the nation’s capital. Also, colleges in Washington D.C. offer on-campus housing to summer interns; American University offers rooms in their residence halls for a weekly fee during the summer. The employing organizations themselves may offer housing as part of the internship program. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation usually arranges and pays for apartments for student interns.

Here are links to a few internships programs in Washington, D.C., as well as organizations that arrange internships for students:

The White House

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Transportation

Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Central Intelligence Agency

U.S. Department of Labor

The NationalAcademy of Social Insurance

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Center for Defense Information

Washington Internship Programs


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