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Schedule your appointment.

Prior to completing the online application, it is recommended you set up a meeting with Washington Academic Internship Program staff in order to ask questions and ensure your application is of the highest quality. Please email the WAIP team to meet with an advisor. All meetings will be remote.

If you have any issues scheduling a meeting, email Sarah Holbert.



Application Deadlines

Spring 2024: Sunday, Sep. 17, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.
Summer 2024: Sunday, Jan. 14 2024 by 11:59 p.m.
Fall 2024: Sunday, Mar. 24, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.

Ready to Apply?

Review the application requirements below before starting your application.

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. Please include how you would be an active member of your cohort, supporting your peers while seeking to learn from others’ experiences.

Writing samples should be three to five pages in length, demonstrate your analytical ability and show your writing skills to their 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 college-level work and academic preparation. 

At least one should come from someone who can speak to your professionalism, work ethic and readiness for an internship in Washington; anyone who supervised your work and/or volunteerism would be appropriate. 

Letters should be on letterhead, signed and addressed to the Selection Committee, Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP). 

Letters should come from individuals who 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 who will be writing letters in support of your application. Note: The deadline for recommendation letters is the same as the deadline 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 two to four weeks ahead of the deadline. Recommenders will submit their letters by using this form.

For more information, please contact Washington Program Coordinator Sarah Holbert at

After you Apply:

What's Next?

After you submit your application, you will receive an email from WAIP program staff shortly after the deadline to inform you if you have been selected for a 20-30 minute interview with WAIP staff.

After acceptance into WAIP

Once you are accepted, WAIP staff will work with you individually to understand your interests, connect you to WAIP alumni, and help you prepare competitive internship application materials. WAIP staff are not responsible for placing students in internships but will guide students through the placement process.

Co-Pilot Program

Applying to WAIP can be overwhelming and confusing — it can feel hard to know where to start. Luckily, you can connect with a WAIP Co-Pilot to help guide you through the application process. WAIP Co-Pilots are alumni who have recently gone through the program and are equipped to answer your questions about the application, internship search process and general questions about the WAIP semester. You are matched with a Co-Pilot based off your preferences. 

Program Withdrawal

Students can withdraw from the program without penalty up until 30 days prior to the start of the semester in question. The student must notify all program staff in writing of their 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 30 days prior to the first day of the program, they 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.


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