Prior to completing the online application, it is recommended you set up a meeting with Emily Underation (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to review materials, ask questions, and ensure that your application is of the highest quality. Included in the online application, applicants will need to submit the following documents:
Among the information to be provided: academic awards, honors, or fellowships received, employment history, examples of public service, extracurricular activities, language and computer skills, etc.
Indicate (in two pages, double-spaced): your reasons for wanting to participate in the program and your interest in public service, and how the program and your possible internship placement serve both your academic and professional goals.
A writing sample that demonstrates your analytical ability and shows your writing skills to best advantage. The sample should be pertinent to your area of general policy interest and should be no more than five pages (typed, double-spaced). If the sample is drawn from a larger paper, give the context of the excerpt.
Recommendation letters from two sources. At least one should be from a faculty member, instructor, or teaching assistant who can evaluate your academic preparation. Letters should be on letterhead when possible, signed, and addressed to the Selection Committee, Washington Academic Internship Program. If a written letter of recommendation is not obtainable, then an email from the recommender will be accepted.
The application can be submitted online. The resume, personal statement and writing sample can be uploaded with the online application. The letters of recommendation can be emailed to Emily Underation (email@example.com), mailed to the address below, or dropped off to the front desk in 110, Page Hall.
After the submission of your application, we will contact you in order to set up a mandatory informational interview with Chris Adams and the Washington Program Manager, Katy Hogan. Please come prepared to discuss your policy and internship interests, as well as your goals for the program.
Students can withdraw from the program without penalty up until two weeks prior to the start of the semester in question. The student must notify all program staff of his/her decision not to participate, as well as inform any internship contacts or prospective internship coordinators about the decision. If a student drops out of the program less than two weeks prior to the first day of the program, he/she will be responsible for paying the full housing cost for the term. Fees will be automatically assessed to the student’s statement of account. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.