The Washington Academic Internship Program is an enriching and exciting opportunity that allows Ohio State students to spend a semester in Washington D.C. as John Glenn Fellows. While in D.C., students work four full days each week in field placements that match their academic and professional interests. Students will enroll in a research seminar and a course on policymaking and public service in the Washington community. Students will also participate in policy salons and study tours weekly.
Ohio State juniors and seniors of ANY MAJOR are eligible to apply for the program. We encourage all students with an interest in public policy, service, and research to apply.
No. We have had over 300 students representing over 65 academic disciplines participate in the program. Because students will work at internship sites based on their area of study, the experience will be beneficial no matter what major they come from. Credits earned from the program can, in many cases, be applied to a major or minor.
The program is offered during the Autumn, Spring and Summer semesters of every school year.
The application deadline is generally three weeks into the term prior to the one for which you are applying.
Glenn Fellows reside together in a Capitol Hill residence selected for its services, proximity to the Metro system, safety and neighborhood conveniences. WAIP works with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) to house Glenn Fellows two blocks from the Supreme Court and one block from the Capitol. The house Glenn Fellows reside in during WAIP is a short walk from the OSU DC office, where classes and other WAIP program takes place. Students will live in fully furnished quad apartments, which include bunked beds, desks, kitchen tables, sofa and chairs, a TV, microwave, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, full-service kitchen, and bathroom. All apartments are equipped with cable, wireless internet, and air conditioning. The OSU house is located at 229 Constitution Avenue NE. For more information, please visit internsdc.com.
While in DC, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students and pay standard Ohio State tuition. Students are also responsible for paying the housing cost of $4,264 per semester, plus a $500 fee at time of acceptance ($300 a non-refundable processing fee; $200 is a security deposit, refundable at conclusion of WAIP semester). Campus-based fees (RPAC, COTA, etc) are removed from statement of account during WAIP semester.
Students who receive financial aid continue to do so while participating in the program. Appropriate adjustments are made to compensate for the increased cost of living in Washington.
We are committed to making every effort to ensure that no student will be denied the opportunity to participate due to financial constraints. If you feel that this is a problem for you, we urge you to set up an appointment to discuss the matter with us. You may contact Program Manager Katy Hogan (email@example.com) or Internship Coordinator Emily Underation (firstname.lastname@example.org) to talk through your options.
No, you are not required to set up your own internship site. Our staff is highly experienced at placing students at high quality internship sites. Everyone who is accepted into the program is guaranteed placement at an internship site. However, we encourage students to take the initiative to research potential internship sites on their own.
While you are not required to make contact with any internship sites, the more you can do the better. Part of our application process is the listing of three possible internship sites at which you would be interested in working. The more detailed information you can provide for us on your policy interests and possible sites, the better we will be able to place you at a site that aligns with your skills and interests. We ask that students keep in close contact with us regarding possible internship sites and what they have done to contact them. For some government agencies, an extensive background check is required before starting an internship. In these cases, students should be prepared to contact such agencies well ahead time so that the background check will be completed by the time they plan to start their internship.
There are no “usual” internship locations. While we have placed interns at the same sites over the years, there are no set placements. What this means for students is that it will be a unique experience that is based on their area of interest.
While every internship experience is unique, you should be prepared to do substantive, demanding work no matter where you are placed. You should be prepared to represent not only yourself, but the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and The Ohio State University as a whole. This means following all workplace rules and giving your best efforts to complete any tasks assigned to you no matter what they are.
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.
Students participate in a course on policy making and public service in the Washington community and develop a policy paper which serves as a capstone to the Program. Each student will write a research paper exploring a particular aspect of public policy that is drawn from his/her intellectual interests, academic preparation, and ideas and experiences gleaned from the Washington field placement.
Students meet one evening a week for seminar, taught by a local adjunct professor employed by Ohio State. Class meetings consist of discussion, common readings, and guest speakers. Its purpose is to expose students to the field of public policy and invite them to reflect on the connection between public service and public policy. Reading and writing assignments will be required for the class, the same as any class taken on campus.
The course titles are as follows:
Student Internship in Politics and Public Policy
Political Decision Making and Public Policy
You will receive 12 hours of Ohio State credit for successful completion of the program. Students will receive three credit hours each for the class and policy paper, and six credit hours for completion of the internship.
In many cases, the credits you earn from our program are able to be applied to your major or minor. Consultation with your academic advisor is necessary in order to ensure how credits are applied. All WAIP credit will fulfill degree requirements for students majoring in public affairs.
As long as you have completed all of your requirements for graduation, participating in the program will not affect your graduation. You should meet with your academic advisor well in advance in order to ensure that all requirements are met (or will be met after completion of the program) before leaving for Washington. Because the program ends before finals week, students will have plenty of time to get back for Commencement.