Welcome to the Washington Internship Institute The perfectly pink cherry blossoms are abloom as you walk past the White House on your way to class. The ornately decorated halls and stately columns of the United States Capitol make for a spectacular internship setting. At the Washington Internship Institute, Washington, D.C. is your classroom, your campus, and your city. For over 20 years, the Washington Internship Institute has served as the preeminent experiential learning program in Washington, D.C. During a semester or summer in Washington, D.C., students learn about themselves and their fields through substantive internships, academic enrichment seminars, and site visits. They become engaged and informed citizens and leaders who are equipped to make a difference in the world. WII students intern four days per week (an internship is guaranteed), take two classes (at our downtown office), and have the opportunity to live in the WII apartments just blocks from the Metro and a short ride to the White House, Capitol, and National Mall. Best of all, you may be able to earn a full semesterâ€™s worth of academic credit from your home institution. The journey from your college campus to the real world may seem daunting. WIIâ€™s dedicated staff is here to make that transition as smooth as possible. Our personalized and warm atmosphere helps students build confidence in their professional abilities, gain invaluable contacts, and develop friendships that last a lifetime. In Washington, D.C., history, power, and new ideas permeate the air. Many of our students have said that participating in WII was a life changing experience. We hope that you too will consider joining us for an unforgettable journey. Discover yourself and create your future at the Washington Internship Institute!
New Perspectives The Washington Internship Institute prides itself on fostering a diverse environment of ideas, people, and cultures. WII has hosted students from nearly every state and nearly every continent. Washington, D.C. is truly a multicultural city. Our students major in politics, international relations, sports, journalism, music, psychology, business, and biology. We work with students of all majors and guarantee a substantive internship in your desired field. At WII, you will join a student body full of energy and unique perspectives on the world.
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Student Snapshot “I remember it vividly. It was a cold January day and we just got out of orientation for WII. As we departed the historic Stewart Mott House, the site of our orientation, it hit me like a ton of bricks. The US Capitol building was less than a block away from me. Not in a photo, but in real life. It was right then and there I knew my life would be different from that point on. I will always be true to my Jersey roots but I feel like I hit the majors living in Washington, D.C.” Craig Brennan Craig is an alumnus of WII and Rutgers University. During his time in Washington, D.C., Craig interned at the National Education Association.
Campus to Career During your time in Washington, D.C. you can: >> Earn up to a full semester’s worth of credit! >> If you attend a WII partner school, you may be eligible to receive up to a full semester’s worth of academic credit during a fall, spring, or summer in Washington, D.C. At WII, you can be away from campus but not miss a beat credit-wise. >> Gain real-world experience and connections! >> WII works closely with you to identify a substantive internship that allows you to develop practical skills in the professional field of your choice. You will also conduct informational interviews to help you develop valuable connections beyond your internship site. >> Pursue your passion! >> Wake up every morning excited about the day ahead! Perhaps for the first time in your life, you will do precisely what it is you hope to do as a professional. And, as a bonus, you may be eligible to earn significant academic credit. Work as a curator at a museum. Write stories in a bustling newsroom. Rub shoulders with diplomats at an embassy. Have the time of your life! www.wiidc.org | 03
D.C. is an Enigma â€œI feel I have done so much in this city. I have gotten off at every Metro stop in D.C. I have seen two presidents. I have sat in on conferences and basically learned how the government works. I have met a senator. I have walked the mysterious tunnels underneath Capitol Hill. I have seen a hockey game, a basketball game, and several baseball games. I have met people from every continent. I have met people hailing from more than half of the U.S. D.C. is an enigma like that. There is everything to see, everything to do, and, most importantly, everyone to meet.â€? Jake Cashman Jake Cashman is an alumnus of WII and St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL. During his time in Washington, D.C. Jake interned at the US Coast Guard Office of International Affairs.
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Internship Placement What is your dream job? At WII, we genuinely want to know. As a WII intern, you will spend four days per week at your internship. How does the placement process work? >> When you are accepted by WII, you are assigned an Internship Advisor. Shortly thereafter, you and your Internship Advisor will have a phone call. The Internship Advisor uses this conversation to learn more about your professional interests, your academic background, and your goals. >> You and your Internship Advisor will come up with a list of about 6-12 potential internship sites. You may have some ideas going into the process but WIIâ€™s well-connected Internship Advisors will help broaden your options. Your list of potential internship sites is constantly evolving throughout the process. >> After collecting your Intern Profile (a set of materials submitted by you), your Internship Advisor will reach out to a variety of organizations on your behalf. Our goal is to get you several interviews and, ultimately, multiple offers. >> Many of our students have their internships confirmed several weeks before arriving in Washington, D.C. An internship placement is guaranteed!
Sample Internships WII works with students of all interests and all majors. Let WII help you find the perfect internship! ACCOUNTING US Department of the Treasury
FINANCE Morgan Stanley
MARKETING New Media Strategies
ART or ART HISTORY Smithsonian Institution
GRAPHIC DESIGN National Museum of Women in the Arts
MATHEMATICS Department of Homeland Security
BIOLOGY National Institutes of Health (NIH)
HISTORY US Holocaust Memorial Museum
POLITICAL SCIENCE White House
BUSINESS US Chamber of Commerce
HUMAN RESOURCES Office of Personnel Management
PRE-LAW US Department of Justice
COMMUNICATIONS National Geographic Society
HUMAN RIGHTS Amnesty International
PUBLIC POLICY American Enterprise Institute
ECONOMICS Council of Economic Advisors
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS US Department of Commerce
PUBLIC RELATIONS Edelman
EDUCATION National Education Association
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS US Department of State
PSYCHOLOGY American Psychological Association
ENGLISH Folger Shakespeare Library
JOURNALISM (BROADCAST) CNN
SPANISH Organization of American States
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Sierra Club
JOURNALISM (PRINT) USA Today
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Class Structure One day per week, students will leave the lively action of their internships to return to a familiar and welcoming place: the classroom. Our students participate in two academic classes at WII’s downtown office: the Internship Seminar and an elective course related to your program. The faculty draws upon its tremendous experience and connections to design courses rich in site visits, guest speakers, and lively debate. On many occasions, Washington, D.C. will be your classroom.
Internship Seminar All WII students participate in the Internship Seminar. The Internship Seminar provides a unique opportunity for you to reflect critically on your internship and your time in Washington, D.C. An internship complements classroom learning by assisting you with critical reasoning, career exploration and professional development. By exposing you to seminar-style discussions, the course affords you the opportunity to link your internship with your educational objectives. Because it is an interdisciplinary course, you will learn from your classmates about a variety of workplaces and work experiences. The course also offers practical skill-building in public speaking, office etiquette and protocol, career planning, and business writing.
Professional Development An internship helps you discover yourself as an individual and as a professional. During your time in Washington, D.C. you will be exposed to many bright and ambitious people. We want you to leave WII having developed relationships and skills that last a lifetime. >>
Informational Interviews: All WII students are required to conduct informational interviews. Through these interviews, you will develop connections beyond your internship site. In fact, you can use these interviews to enrich your list of contacts in multiple fields.
Alumni Networking: During the semester, WII’s dedicated alumni return to network and interact with current students. WII’s alumni work in a variety of fields and are always willing to lend a helping hand.
Professional Portfolio: As part of the Internship Seminar, you will be required to create a Professional Portfolio. This portfolio will include tangible samples of the work you completed at your internship. Think of it as a resume on steroids.
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Capital Experience The Capital Experience is a program designed for students of all interests and all majors. As a participant in the Capital Experience, you will attend a weekly seminar-based course that focuses on the players, politics, and issues that drive the national policymaking process. The class is highly interactive and features visits to places like Congress and the Supreme Court. You will be exposed to people like politicians, journalists, and business leaders. Best of all, you will learn how Washington, D.C. works from the people who run it!
Go Green! Are you passionate about sustainable energy, clean air, or environmental science? If so, then the Go Green! program is perfect for you. Go Green! students attend a weekly seminar that examines the major environmental issues of our time, including climate change, energy, endangered species, waste, and clean water. The course features visits to places like the EPA, the Department of Energy, and the World Wildlife Fund. The class also examines how the United Statesâ€™ environmental policy is really made, who and what influences policy, and the scope and breadth of some of those policies.
Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars The Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars program is geared toward students with an interest in foreign affairs, diplomacy, and international business. You will attend a weekly seminar that seeks to prepare you for professional leadership in international affairs through practical experience and a comprehensive knowledge of both the American and international policy-making systems. You will visit places like the State Department, the United States Institute of Peace, and various embassies. You will have the opportunity to participate in intimate discussions with high-level policymakers and representatives.
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Housing The Washington Internship Institute offers optional housing to all of its students. Our students live in spacious, fully-furnished apartments, just blocks away from the Metro and steps from the Pentagon. The units are generally arranged as quads (two bedrooms, two bathrooms). Each unit has a kitchen, an in-unit washer/dryer, high-speed internet, and a balcony. The newly renovated building also features a fitness center, party room, indoor racquetball court, rooftop deck, secure entry, and top-notch building management. Optional parking is available for an extra fee. *Housing subject to change
D.C. at Your Doorstep Living in an unfamiliar city may seem like a daunting task. The WII staff helps ease this transition by hosting activities like barbeques, receptions, trips to sporting events, and a thorough orientation program. Our student-affairs coordinator sends students a weekly list of events ranging from gallery openings to free concerts. Living near the Metro gives WII students a lifeline to Washington, D.C.â€™s world-class museums, stately monuments, and historic neighborhoods. Best of all, you will get to share these experiences with your bright and ambitious peers.
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A Lifetime of Adventures It is one thing to visit Washington, D.C. and another thing to spend a semester or summer in the city. Sports fans can check out the Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, or Nationals. History buffs can peruse the halls of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Jefferson Reading Room in the Library of Congress. Music lovers can attend free nightly concerts at the opulent Kennedy Center. You can go for a jog around the National Mall, White House, and Georgetown Waterfront. You don’t need a car. With Metro, the city is truly yours to conquer.
The Most Powerful City in the World Washington, D.C. is a destination town. The city’s occupants come from all over the world. Our students have had the opportunity to see presidents speak, attend meetings at the White House, meet the Dalai Lama at a hotel restaurant, watch FC Barcelona hold an impromptu practice session on the National Mall, and mingle with celebrities at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner after party. Open your eyes, ears, and mind and you will witness history!
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The City is Your Classroom Imagine waking up each morning and passing the Washington Monument on your way to your internship. The National Mall will become your new quad and the Library of Congress your new library. Your class sessions will take you to places like embassies, think tanks, newsrooms, and world-class museums. In Washington, D.C. your textbooks come to life. Your teachers are scholars, practitioners, and even peers. Washington, D.C. will help you become introspective and a critical thinker. At WII, you will become a learning machine!
Earn Credit During a fall, spring, or summer at the Washington Internship Institute, you may be able to earn up to a full semesterâ€™s worth of academic credit from your home institution. WII is structured like a study-abroad program. You will physically be away from campus but not miss a beat in your quest to graduate. If you attend a WII partner school, you will remain enrolled at your home institution during your time in Washington, D.C. This means you may still be able to receive the financial aid and scholarships you ordinarily receive. If your college or university wants to establish an institutional partnership with WII, please let us know!
Pursue Your Passion We want you to chase your dreams. This is an opportunity to discover yourself in an electric setting. Our students have interviewed celebrities on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center Honors, attended meetings at the White House, witnessed Supreme Court hearings firsthand, and watched the Independence Day fireworks explode high in the summer sky. Washington, D.C. is full of energy, life, and ambition. You will be pursuing your passion on a daily basis and having an amazing time along the way.
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A Day at WII Taiba Williams is an alumna of WII and Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. She is a native of Ethiopia. During her time in Washington, D.C., she interned at the D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs. 8:00 a.m. I departed the WII apartment building with my roommate Margaux to head to class. During the walk to the Crystal City Metro, I picked up a copy of the Washington Post and a cup of hot tea. 8:30 a.m. After a short train ride, we arrived at WII’s downtown headquarters. During the day’s first class, the Internship Seminar, we discussed informational interviewing and office protocol. 11:30 a.m. For our second class, the international relations elective, our professor, Dr. Schmiel, walked us to the State Department, our classroom for the day. 12:00 p.m. Upon arriving at the State Department, we were led into an ornately decorated dining room where a buffet lunch of salmon, steamed vegetables, and soup awaited us. During lunch, we had the opportunity to have a Q & A with an analyst from the Africa Desk. 2:00 p.m. After lunch, I took a short taxi ride to the White House where I met my internship supervisor prior to our meeting concerning the Horn of Africa. 3:00 p.m. During the meeting, the White House press secretary welcomed the group. Before departing, I traded contact details with one of the participants, a 17-year-old from Somalia who started his own non-profit organization. 5:30 p.m. I caught the Metro back to Crystal City where I met my roommates at a Mexican restaurant. Thanks to happy hour prices, I managed to get a $3.00 hamburger for dinner! 8:30 p.m. Upon returning to my apartment, I called my family and friends in Florida to share the details of my exciting day. 12:00 a.m. After a long day, I checked my email and Facebook before calling it a night. www.wiidc.org | 11
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