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Students complete a spring internship in a federal agency, congressional office, or related organization, including NGOs, nonprofits, think tanks, or private industry. There, they apply lessons from the seminar course and supplementary courses to real-life situations.

Students can register for FGSM398 or an internship/experiential learning course from their academic department.

All students are required to participate in spring Federal Semester Program events regardless of which internship course option they choose.

Internship Credit: 2 Options

Intern with Representative Peter KingOption 1: Register for FGSM398. Students will earn between 3-9 credits, based on the number of hours worked and other assignments that supplement the professional experience.

Required Forms:

Breakdown of credit hours:

  • 3 credits: 135 total internship hours (about 10 hours per week)
  • 4 credits: 180 total internship hours (about 13 hours per week)
  • 5 credits: 225 total internship hours (about 17 hours per week)
  • 6 credits: 270 total internship hours (about 20 hours per week)
  • 7 credits: 315 total internship hours (about 23 hours per week)
  • 8 credits: 360 total internship hours (about 27 hours per week)
  • 9 credits: 405 total internship hours (about 30 hours per week)

Option 2: Register for an internship under the course number offered for internships/experiential learning within the student's academic department. For credit, students must follow that department's guidelines for credits, grading, and hours required.

Click below to view a sampling of Government and Congressional sites where students have interned.

Government »
  • Carroll County Health Department
  • D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • National Defense University
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, Data Collection Coordination Branch
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
  • U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Learning and Workforce Development
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Environment
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Genealogy Program
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, History Program
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emergency Management Services and Field Directorate
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Communications
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere, Office of Public Diplomacy
  • U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute, Transition Center, Overseas Briefing Center
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Green Chemistry
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Communities, Office of Policy
  • U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Environment and Planning Division
  • U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • U.S. National Institutes of Health
  • U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality
Congress »
  • Democratic Leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA 12th district)
  • Democratic Whip, Representative Steny Hoyer (MD 5th district)
  • House Armed Services Committee
  • House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Representative Allyson Schwartz (PA 13th district)
  • Representative Cheri Bustos (IL 17th district)
  • Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD 8th district)
  • Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL 20th district)
  • Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO 7th district)
  • Representative Eliot Engel (NY 16th district)
  • Representative Emanuel Cleaver (MO 5th district)
  • Representative Frank Pallone (NJ 6th district)
  • Representative Keith Ellison (MN 5th district)
  • Representative Nita Lowey (NY 17th district)
  • Representative Paul Gosar (AZ 4th district)
  • Representative Peter King (NY 2nd district)
  • Representative Raúl Grijalva (AZ 3rd district)
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD)
  • Senator Ben Cardin (MD)
  • Senator Jon Tester (MT)
  • Senator Robert Casey (PA)
Click below to view a sampling of Nonprofit, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Embassies and Advocacy/Private Sector sites where students have interned.
Nonprofit, NGO & Embassy »
  • A Wider Circle
  • Aerospace Industries Association of America
  • AIDS Institute
  • British Embassy, Trade and Investment Department
  • Center for Advanced Defense Studies
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for the National Interest (formerly, The Nixon Center) Immigration and National Security
  • Center for the Study of Services
  • Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Embassy of Israel
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Foundation for Middle East Peace
  • Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Center for Terrorist Radicalization Studies
  • Genetic Alliance
  • Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
  • International Child Art Foundation
  • Management Sciences for Health
  • Men's Health Network
  • Middle East Institute, Development Division
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • National Conference on State Legislatures
  • National Peace Corps Association, Advocacy Office
  • National Research Center for Women & Families
  • Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Center for Public Health Improvement and Innovation
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • Partnership for Public Service
  • Population Council
  • Project Concern International
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Republican Governors Association
  • Roosevelt Institute, Defense and Diplomacy Centre
  • Teach for America
  • The Optical Society, Government Relations
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Advocacy/Private Sector »
  • Berger Hirschberg Strategies LLC: fundraising and political strategy
  • Discern Consulting LLC: healthcare consulting
  • Elysian Energy: energy efficiency consulting
  • Ferguson Strategies LLC
  • Glover Park Group: communications
  • Helios Global
  • IQ Solutions: health communications
  • JBS International: technology consulting
  • Law Media Group Inc: communications
  • Polsinelli
  • The Herald Group LLC
  • The Raben Group