The Internship Experience
Students are placed according to their interests and career goals, with federal agencies, congressional or judicial offices, public interest groups, nonprofit organizations, etc. Interns work full time, 4 1/2 days per week, attend a required evening course, attend all Washington Forum seminars and events, and fulfill the requirements of an independent study in their major or minor.
The internship allows students to integrate academic theory with practice in an applied situation. In addition, the internship enables students to develop professional skills, build a career network, explore career options, and work in a professional setting. It can also provides references, future employment contacts, and personal growth and development through the wealth of political, historical, and cultural attractions available in Washington, D.C.
Listen to what other student's had to say about the experience!
"Spending the summer in Washington, D.C. was the opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to intern with a criminal defense attorney, getting hands on experience working with clients, filling out paperwork, and looking over evidence. I also was able to live on my own in Washington, D.C., living in an apartment, using public transportation, and feel as though I was an adult."
-Jacqui Rogers '14
Students remain enrolled at, and receive academic credit from Millikin University. Credit is awarded based on an evaluation performed by The Washington Center staff, seminar faculty, Millikin University campus liaison, and Millikin University faculty sponsor. Fall or spring semester provide a total of 15 credits. Summer session is 12 credits. Political science majors normally register for PO 361 (3 credits in summer; 6 in fall or spring), PO 362 (3), PO 363 (3), and PO 391 (3 hours of independent study). This program of study satisfies the internship requirement of the political science major. Other majors might substitute their program's advanced independent study course.
Application Process and Deadlines
PLAN EARLY!!! All applicants must meet with the Millikin University TWC Liaison in advance of filling out the application, to review all aspects of the application process, including reviewing drafts of your resume and financial aspects of the program. Students must also provide an official transcript from all colleges attended, and a completed & signed Millikin University Individual Study Contract.
Visit this link for some helpful hints for completing the TWC application. Applications will NOT be signed or approved without all supporting documents and a thorough review by the Millikin University Liaison.
Listed below are the regular deadlines for submitting an application. NOTE: Early Deadline is for placements that require security clearances, and possibly additional applications. Some examples are the U.S. Depts. of Justice, Homeland Security, State, Federal Law Enforcement agencies and others. CNN, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Departments of Commerce and Interior, The White House, and most scholarships are highly competitive and require applicants to adhere to the Competitive Deadline. Check with the UNH Liaison regarding the specific program in which you are interested and the appropriate deadline.
Regular Deadline: November 18, 2015
*Priority Deadline: October 14, 2015
Regular Deadline: March 16, 2016
*Priority Deadline: Febraury 17, 2016
Regular Deadline: June 8, 2016
*Priority Deadline: May 4, 2016
* Apply by the Priority Deadline to be eligible for consideration of financial assistance awards, including the Diversity Leaders Award, Civic Engagement Award, and Honors Award. Click here for more information. If a particular deadline has passed, call or email The Washington Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if it will still accept your application.
** TWC encourages students to apply early, as some agencies have early internal deadlines by which it refers candidates. Others may require students to complete additional application materials. The Early Deadline date is the earliest your application is due to be considered for the full range of early deadline placements. Click here to view early deadlines for specific placements. These include -- but are not limited to -- the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, US Department of Defense, US Department of Justice, US Department of State, The White House, US Congressional offices (summer term only). Many of these agencies need to issue security clearances for students who accept positions.
The Washington Center is located at 1333 16th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20036
The Washington Semester and The Capital Semester Programs
The Washington Semester and The Capital Semester Programs are cooperative arrangements Millikin has between American University and Georgetown University, respectively. Participants spend a semester in Washington DC or in international locations, generally during the junior year. There are three components to the Washington Semester: Students take two seminar courses from the American or Georgetown faculty. Meetings with many public officials are always an important feature of the course work. Students conduct an individual research project of their own design. All students hold a semester-long internship with a congressional office, federal agency, interest group, or another suitable placement.
Concentrations in American politics, foreign policy, criminal justice, journalism, and a number of other areas are available. The internships may be used to meet both the internship requirement of the political science major and the Millikin off-campus learning requirement. American University and Georgetown Univeristy course credit transfers to Millikin. All Millikin housing, tuition payments, and grants apply toward Washington expenses. Many of our students take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Millikin generally sends three to five students each semester.
For further information, check out the home page of the Washington Semester program and the home page of the Capital Semester Program or consult your advisor. The department also has copies of Studying in Washington: A Guide to Academic Internships in the Nation's Capital, published by the American Political Science Association. Your advisor will be glad to provide you with additional information and help in applying.
Millikin University, in cooperation with The Washington Center (TWC), offers internships in Washington DC; a city unique in its status as a national and international capital. As such, it provides resources and opportunities unavailable elsewhere.
As the epicenter of American government, Washington is a natural setting for political study. Beyond the political and government realm, however, Washington DC is also home to hundreds of major corporations, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and agencies. There are countless opportunities for all majors, including positions in the media, the arts, education, business, science, international affairs, the environment, health care, and more.
- MU Junior or Senior Standing at Time of Internship **
- 2.75 GPA at Time of Internship (Some Placements Require Higher GPA)
- Declared Major at Time of Application
- Full-Time Bachelor's Degree Candidate in Good Academic, Social, and Financial Standing
- Participants should show outstanding academic progress, maturity and motivation, and a capacity to pursue independent study
Political Science majors are encouraged to consider this program for a semester during their junior year.