TFAS - DC Internships - Academic Internship Programs

About TFAS - DC Internships - Academic Internship Programs

The TFAS - DCinternships programs take place each summer and semester and are based in Washington, DC. Each program includes academic credit through George Mason University, an internship placement, furnished housing, guest lectures and site briefings as well as professional development and networking events.

Program Areas
• Public Policy + Economics
• International Affairs
• Journalism, Communication + PR
• Business + Government Relations
• Leadership + the American Presidency

Academic Courses
Students earn 3 to 6 credits in the summer and 12 in the semester. The program’s academic goal is to help students explore the principles and values upon which the United States was founded. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement the DC experience with upper level government and economic courses that fit a wide range of interest areas.

Internship Placements
We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for 50 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC. Students are placed with:

• Federal agencies
• Congressional offices
• Policy groups and think tanks
• International affairs organizations
• Embassies
• Media outlets and public relations firms
• Government relations offices
• Community-based nonprofit organizations

Networking + Site Briefings
• A Mentor Program matches students with a DC professional. Mentors provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.
• Professional Development Seminars prepare students to stand out in today’s competitive job market. Topics include resume, cover letter and interviewing preparation, as well as skill building in public speaking, networking, and graduate school admissions.
• Roundtable Discussions + Networking Receptions with program alumni and policy experts will help students learn how to leverage their DC experience into a future internship or full-time job after graduation.
• Site Briefings give students behind the scenes exposure to some of the city’s most influential institutions and organizations.


Outreach Representative

May 2021 - July 2021 Arlington County, VA
“I liked the environment that I was living in. The kids in this program were really fun to be around and I greatly enjoyed my professors. I also found the programming and networking to be very helpful. I also loved meeting congressmen. ”


June 2017 - August 2017 Washington, DC
“Great structure and leadership. They do a great job connecting you with organizations working in your field of interest. Mix of social events let you get to know other students. Great networking opportunities.”
See All