Capital Semester in Washington, DC: International Affairs & Public Policy

We are accepting applications for the International Affairs and Public Policy track of the Fall 2014 Capital Semester programs in Washington, DC. Please pass the announcement below to students who may be interested in spending a semester interning and earning credit in the nation’s capital.

Students will earn 12 credits and are guaranteed an internship in their area of interest. Please encourage students to apply for the Fall Semester early application deadline of March 1 to receive priority scholarship consideration and a 5% tuition discount.

More information on our program may be found at Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, I may be reached at or 202.986.0384.


Dana Faught

Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions

U.S. Programs

The Fund for American Studies


Capital Semester in Washington, DC
International Affairs & Public Policy
Fall: August 26 – December 11, 2015
Spring: January 13 – April 30, 2016


*Guaranteed Internships – Courses for Credit – Housing in DC

*Fall Semester Early Deadline: March 1, 2015

*Scholarship Funding Available

Spend a semester in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college.  This comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed internship placement in the fields of international affairs and public policy, courses for transferablecredit, and furnished housing the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.


We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different international affairs organizations, federal agencies, policy groups, and government relations offices.

A few examples of past internship placements include:

  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  • Center for European Policy Analysis
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • Embassy of Brazil
  • Federal Aviation Association
  • Peace Corps
  • Student Conservation Association
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Women in Government
  • World Vision


Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our programs are designed to allow students to make valuable professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. You can participate in a mentor program, as well as roundtable discussions and networking receptions with program alumni.


Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths while enjoying a vibrant arts and culture scene. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums, many musical and theatre performances, as well as sports events. You can explore DC and meet fellow program participants through program-planned social activities including a guided tour of the monuments, a day trip to Mt. Vernon, ice staking at the national sculpture garden, and outing to the National Zoo.


Earn 12 academic credits from the DC Metro Area’s George Mason University. In 2012, Mason was ranked #1 Up and Coming University by U.S. News and World Report. Capital Semester has a curriculum that is designed to complement the internship experience.

The classes include an economics course on international economic policy and a government course on constitutional interpretation.


You will have a front row seat to a variety of exclusive briefings and uniquely D.C. events, allowing you to further explore your career field, make important professional connections and have fun while doing so.

You will have the chance to attend once in a lifetime tours and hear from leaders within such powerful institutions as the State Department, U.S. Congress, White House, World Bank and the Pentagon.


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Fall 2015 final deadline of June 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of March 1, 2015 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% tuition discount. The early deadline for Spring 2016 isOctober 1.

There is a substantial amount of scholarship funding available, and awards are made based on financial need and merit.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to Dana Faught at or 202.986.0384.


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