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The Fund for American Studies

The Fund for American Studies was founded in 1967 to help instill in young people an appreciation for the American form of government and the free enterprise system. TFAS sponsors institutes and internships in Washington DC. Among them are:

Capital Semester

Spend a semester in Washington DC and gain the experience and insight that you need to succeed. Serve as an intern in the nation's capital while taking classes at Georgetown University.

Application deadlines: June and November (earlier for financial aid)

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Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

IPVS organizes internships for undergraduates in Washington DC. The program is intended for students who are involved in volunteer activities and who are excited about exploring professional opportunities in the nonprofit sector. A variety of organizations participate as internship sites including local community organizations, national and international nonprofit organizations, and DC-based charitable foundations.

Application deadline: February (earlier for international students or for financial aid)



Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems

Approximately 140 undergraduate leaders attend the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems during the summer in order to gain real-world experience in the nation's capital interning on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, think tanks, political groups or international affairs organizations.

Application deadline:February or March (depends on the track)

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TFAS also offers international internships in the Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, and Chile.

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Illinois Legislative Studies Internship Program

The Illinois Legislative Studies Staff Intern Program provides a unique internship for keenly interested, deeply motivated and talented individuals to work within state government. With the Illinois state capitol in Springfield as both workplace and classroom, ILSIP interns earn eight graduate credits from the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program offers interns a ten and a half month, full-time position as a professional legislative staff member. Stipend provided. Undergraduate degree must have been completed prior to the start date.

Application deadline: March 1

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The Washington Center

The Washington Center offers a variety of internships and seminars on American and international politics, including "Inside Washington," "The Republican National Convention: A Simulation," and "Camp David II: Negotiating the Path to Israeli-Palestinian Peace."

Application deadline: varies with the program

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