Washington Academic Internship Program

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.

In order to participate in WAIP, students must submit an application and interview with WAIP program staff. Starting summer 2019, there is one pre-requisite course students must take before their WAIP semester, which can be satisfied by enrolling in Public Affairs 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs. Political Science 3115: Introduction to the Policy Process is also acceptable. Students do not have to enroll in the pre-requisite in order to apply, but they must successfully pass the requirement before their WAIP semester.

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General Contact Information:
Katy Hogan, Director of Washington Programs
444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 445B
Washington, DC 20001

Application Deadline:

  • Summer 2019 deadline: Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Fall 2019: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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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

Policy salons occur weekly and provide Fellows the opportunity to learn about a specific policy areas from experts in the field.

Professional Development

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

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.

Mentor Program

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.

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