Because of WAIP...
"I have grown into a networking professional and created rewarding experience in my time as an undergrad at Ohio State." — Marcella Hoard
The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers an exciting opportunity for Ohio State students to study and work in the nation's capital. The Washington Academic Internship Program selects outstanding undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., as John Glenn Fellows. Students work in field placements that reflect their particular areas of academic interest.
While in Washington, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students. Students earn academic credit hours for their internship, the research seminar in which a policy paper is developed, and a course on policymaking and public service in the Washington community. Students will deepen their understanding of policy issues through weekly policy salons with experts. Friday study tours each week will also allow students to explore and experience different aspects of Washington.
Participants in the program meet policy professionals and interact with Ohio State alumni in the region. This interaction has value far beyond the semester in which the students are involved in the program. Real opportunities are presented for career advice, professional development, and cross-generational exchange.
WAIP Fellows intern full-time hours Monday-Thursday. Internship sites are determined before students arrive in Washington.
Seminar is held once a week and includes discussion of readings, policy presentations and a final deliverable of a substantive policy paper.
Policy salons occur weekly and provide Fellows the opportunity to learn about a specific policy areas from experts in the field.
Fellows will have the unique opportunity to attend seminars that will enable them to develop their networking skills, polish their resume and meet OSU alumni.
Study tours occur every Friday and allow the WAIP Fellows to explore Washington as a group. Study tours might include a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, a tour of the National Archives or a visit to the Pentagon.
Each Fellow will be matched with an OSU alumnus to mentor them throughout their WAIP semester. Fellows can turn to mentors for professional advice, resume assistance and guidance.