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.
Applicants will submit two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a faculty member, instructor or teaching assistant who can evaluate your academic preparation. Letters should be on letterhead, signed and addressed to the Selection Committee, Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP). Letters should come from individuals that can speak to your collegiate academic or professional experience and skills. Recommenders can submit their letter using this online form.
Applicants: It is your responsibility to share the recommendation letter link with those that will be writing letters in support of your application. Note: The deadline for recommendation letters is the same date for the WAIP semester you wish to apply for, so it is advised that you share the recommendation letter link with your recommenders at least 2-4 weeks ahead of the deadline.
The application can be submitted online. The resume, personal statement and writing sample will be uploaded with the online application. Recommenders will submit their letters by using this form. Letters can be addressed to:
Recommenders can fill out this form to submit their letters of recommendation.
After submission of your application, you will receive an email from WAIP program staff shortly after the deadline to inform you if you have been selected for an in-person interview. If you have been selected for an in-person interview, you will be notified of the date and time by email. Interviews typically last approximately 20 minutes with Katy Hogan, Director of Washington Programs, and WAIP program staff.
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.