Washington Seminar Internships
Washington Seminar Internship
Toggle ItemTime Frame
The Washington Seminar program runs three cohorts per academic year. Winter, Spring-Summer, and Fall.
Fall 2023 - February 10, 2023
Winter 2024 - September 22, 2023
Spring-Summer 2024 - October 23, 2023
After application deadlines, applicants will be reviewed and invited in for an interview process. Successful applicants should know within a week of the application deadline whether or not they will be able to participate in the program.
Students participating with the Washington Seminar will be eligible to apply for grant funding through the program. All admitted student applicants will receive a minimum of $400 and as needed up to approximately $2600+. This amount is determined based on each student's FAFSA EFC score.
Additionally, students may opt to use university scholarships and FAFSA grant and loan funding as qualified. We encourage students to also explore funding through their declared major department as many offer experiential learning financial support.
All students will pay a $200 deposit upon admission to the Washington Seminar program. This deposit is refunded if a student withdraws from the program prior to securing an internship. Once a student has secured an internship the deposit will be refunded upon program completion. Students who damage housing facilities while in DC may have a portion or all of the deposit held back to help offset repair costs. Students who secure an internship and withdraw prior to moving to DC will likely forfeit their deposit but may appeal as needed.
$1,938 (6CH) – $3,060 (12CH)
$4,672 - $5,794
Married Student Couples
$1,938 (6CH) – $3,060 (12CH)
$6,481 - $7,603
Toggle ItemAcademic Credit
Students are currently required to complete 3 courses as program participants.
1. POLI 297 - Internship Prep Course
2. POLI 391 - Friday Seminar Course
3. POLI 399R - Internship Credit*
*All participants are required to complete 3 credit hours of POLI 399R but may increase to 6 or 9 credit hours. This adjustment will include an increase in tuition and in coursework.
*Students who are not political science majors are still required to take POLI 399R (3 credit hours) but may opt to add additional internship credit from their major to their enrollment, which will require additional approvals, registration, tuition, and coursework.
Toggle ItemTypes of Internships
Internship opportunities in the Washington, DC area are numerous. As part of the internship approval process, we will review each internship to ensure each is substantive, falls within the window for the semester, offers approximately 32-40 hours per week of internship experience, and is in line to offer an experience that will allow for successful coursework.
Occasionally, an internship may not qualify, but this is the exception and in no way the norm. Internships may also be reviewed for unlisted criteria as deemed necessary by program administrators.
Internships requiring a very restrictive security clearance may also not be conducive to coursework and likely will not be feasible with the program. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toggle ItemSecuring an Internship
We offer two pathways to DC.
1. Secured Internship - Students may secure a qualifying internship on their own and then apply to our program with their finalized internship.
Currently, we admit all applicants who have at least junior status in graded university credits (this does not include AP course credit).
2. Unsecured Internship - Students who apply for our program without an internship are considered a provisional admission. Once a student is admitted to the program we will work directly with each student to identify a list of internships. We will also develop skills for building a strong application, including mentoring on resume and cover letter creation as well as support for interviews. Once a student secures an internship they finalize their program participation.
Currently, we admit all applicants who have at least junior status in graded university credits (this does not include AP course credit). Student housing is not finalized until the internship is secured. Students who we are not able to accommodate in our program housing will be eligible for additional grant funding support for housing costs.
Qualifying Internships -
- Internships need to fall within the window of the semester you plan to participate in the Washington Seminar program
- Internships should begin within two weeks of the beginning of the semester and end within two weeks of the end of the semester
- Internships need to allow the student to have each Friday free for program coursework
- Students need to have clearance to identify their supervisor as well as the ability to write about their internship experience. (This can be a concern with State Department, FBI, and CIA internships, but not in every instance. Please discuss this with your contact within the internship organization.)
- Internship organizations in direct opposition to the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will require additional review and may not qualify
- Students may not work for or be supervised in any way by a direct family member, including in-laws and step-family connections
Toggle ItemPopular Internships
All students are encouraged to explore our internship database located in 945 KMBL. We offer internships of interest to nearly all majors with over 1,000 listings.
Examples of recent and popular internships for BYU students:
Representative Curtis' DC Office
Representative Owens' DC Office
Representative Stewart's DC Office
Senator Lee's DC Office
Senator Romney's DC Office
Federal, Legal, Non-profit, Public Health, Social Services, Communications, Arts, Data-Science, Media, Economics, International Relations:
Government Accountability Project
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Men's Health Network
IMA World Health
By Women for Women
National Archives and Records Administration
US Department of Education
US Department of Justice
Broadband Breakfast Media
House Committee on Ways and Means
International Trade Administration
American Heart Association
US Capitol Historical Society
Mental Health America
Edelman Public Relations Worldwide
National Academy of Public Administration
National Museum of Women in the Arts
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints office of Public and International Affairs
National Portrait Gallery
Senate Committee on Finance
International Rescue Committee
Interlink Capital Strategies
Youth Service America
Coalition on Human Needs
Fahrenholz and Horrell LLP
Schramm, Williams and Associates
Council for Court Excellence
National Defense University
Pew Research Center
National Museum of Women in the Arts
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research