Frequently Asked Questions



What exactly is the Washington Academic Internship Program?

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.


Who can participate in the Washington Academic Internship Program?

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.


So I don’t have to be a public affairs major to benefit from this program?

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.


When is the program offered?

The program is offered during the Autumn, Spring and Summer semesters of every school year.


When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is generally three weeks into the term prior to the one for which you are applying.


HOUSING

Where will I be living during my stay in Washington, DC?

Glenn Fellows reside in the Congressional apartment building, located just two blocks from the Supreme Court in an historic neighborhood on Capitol Hill. Students will live in fully furnished double, triple or quad apartments, which include bunked beds, desks, kitchen table, sofa and chairs, TV, microwave, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, full-service kitchen, and bathroom. All apartments are equipped with cable, wireless internet, and air conditioning. There is controlled access to the building for heightened security, in addition to a building manager who stays on site and ensures the building remains in excellent condition. Laundry facilities are available in the building, and there is ample classroom space for students to study away from their rooms. The Congressional is located at: 215 Constitution Avenue, N.E. Washington, DC 20002. For more information, please visit: the congressional.com or Washington Intern Student Housing.


COST

How much does the program cost?

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 costs of $4,100 per semester, plus a $200 refundable security deposit.


Are financial aid and scholarships are available?

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. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is also proud to offer scholarships to students based on financial need, academic achievement, and other merits.


I would love to go, but I really don’t think I can afford it. What are my options?

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.


INTERNSHIPS

Do I have to get my own internship?

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.


So, if I don’t have to get my own internship, what is my role in the process?

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.


Where are students placed for their internships?

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.


What will be expected of me at my internship site?

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.


Can students withdraw from the program after being accepted?

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.


ACADEMICS

What is the academic component of the program?

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.


When does the class meet, is it like a normal Ohio State course?

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.


What courses do I have to sign up for in the program?

The course titles are as follows:

  • Student Internship in Politics and Public Policy
  • Political Decision Making and Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis

How many credits will I get?

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.


Will those credits count towards my major or minor?

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.


I am planning to graduate right after I get back from DC. How will participating in the program affect this?

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.


Have more questions?

Contact: Katy Hogan, Program Manager
202-403-8537
hogan.124@osu.edu



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