About the SUNY Washington Internship Program - Summer
The SUNY Washington Internship Program allows students to experience the excitement of our nation's capital, an ideal location to experience direct involvement in politics and all other professional fields. Spend the Summer in Washington, DC, studying, working and earning up to 6 academic credits. Since 1967, more than 4,000 students have participated in this elite internship program.
**Given the continued unpredictability of COVID-19 and the New York State Travel Advisory list changing weekly, our DC internship program might operate as remote-only learning for the Summer 2021 term. This means all internships and course seminars would be completed virtually and remotely. In that case, Students are to refrain from any travel, including to DC.
open to junior, senior, post-grad and graduate students from colleges and universities around the world.
: 3.0 recommended (2.5 minimum)
- Professional Internship
- Program Activities and Networking
- Academic Course-Seminar
- Public policy
- Policy-making process
- Career advice and counseling
- Expert speakers and site visits
There’s An Internship For You!
Internship opportunities are available for students in all majors. The internship is the core element in this experiential learning opportunity offered through the SUNY Washington Internship Program. Students work full time four days a week (Monday through Thursday) for 8 weeks.
The internship allows students to participate in their own learning outcomes, and most find that the experience broadens their perspective on the world and career possibilities. In addition, employers and graduate programs view internships as a positive indicator of future success in work and professional environments.
The program staff will help you make the best decision through personal advising before you come to Washington. Ultimately, the final decision about where to intern belongs to you.
Internships are available for ALL MAJORS!
Below is a list of potential Internship categories,
Click on the title to open a list of sample internships in each field.
Or view all the sample internship lists our webpage here: https://www.brockport.edu/academics/washington/internship.html
Agriculture & Food Policy
Architecture & Interior Design
Arts, Entertainment & Music
Conflict Resolution & Peace
Construction & Construction Management
Earth Sciences, Geography & Geology
Education Policy and Administration
Emergency & Crisis Management
Environment & Energy Issues
Fashion & Retail
Financial, Accounting & Economics
Health Care & Health Policy
Hospitality, Tourism & Event Planning
Human, Civil & Animal Rights
Human Resources & Labor
Information Technology & Computer Information Systems
Intelligence, Law Enforcement & National/Homeland Security
Landscape & Turf Management
Law, Legal & Justice
Media - TV/Radio/Print/Production
Museums, History, Preservation & Archives
Politics, Campaign & Party Organizations
Public Relations/Affairs, Marketing, Advertising & Communications
Science & Technology
Sports Administration & Management
Urban & Regional Affairs
The 8-week summer program offers 6 academic credits, at the discretion of the student's home school. Students will intern 4 days per week, attend a weekly seminar course that meets on Fridays and are graded on the basis of:
- Internship supervisors' evaluation
- Program Director's evaluation
- Internship Journal
- Speaker Analysis papers
- Final 5-page evaluation of their Internship
- Participation in class meetings
- Internship Presentation
TITLES OF COURSES TAKEN CREDIT HRS
Washington Program Internship – OAP-491 3
Washington Program Seminar – OAP-497 3
Living in Washington: The center of a vibrant cultural life
In addition to the numerous networking receptions, lectures & professional meetings available most days, students also have the opportunity to experience:
- Tours of the White House
- The US Capitol and Washington Monument
- Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials at night
- oral arguments at the Supreme Court
- Smithsonian Institution Museums
- Union Station
- Receptions at Foreign Embassies
- the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre
- free performances at the Kennedy Center
- The Main Reading Room and the architecture at the Library of Congress
- Tour of the Bureau of Engraving
- Professional Sports Teams in 10+ leagues
- the Holocaust Museum
- Arlington National Cemetery
- …and much more.
Visit these links for information on cultural attractions in Washington, DC:
Also, view an interactive map of the city, here: https://capturetheatlas.com/washington-dc-map/#interactive
Developing a Network in Washington, DC
It's not who you know, but who knows you.
Washington offers one of the most vibrant job markets in the nation. In the past several years, there have been more jobs created in Washington than in most similarly-sized cities in the country. In fact, Washington has ranked #1 in "knowledge jobs" (i.e., managerial, professional and technical jobs) for the last several years.
Many students who have gone through the SUNY Washington Internship Program have taken advantage of the job market and have embarked on careers in the public and private sectors in Washington, D.C. In addition, program graduates have served as top campaign staff, advisors and consultants in presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and local elections. The internship experience can open doors and offer access to Washington, giving participants a critical advantage when it comes to landing that first job in DC, or elsewhere.
You will also join our network of alumni that have participated in the program over the last 53 years. Program alumni are frequent speakers for the Seminar, and might also be your internship supervisors, or work colleagues.
In the past 10 years, more than one-third of the student interns have received job offers directly or indirectly as a result of their participation in the program. You'll find SUNY Washington graduates serving in many congressional, White House, judicial and non-governmental policy positions.
Fees for Brockport's Washington D.C. Internships Summer Program
Budget Sheet for Summer 2021 Program Cost
(Estimated NYS Resident - 6 Credit Undergraduate
(Estimated Non-NYS Resident - 6 Credit Undergraduate
(Estimated NYS Resident - 6 Credit Graduate
(Estimated Non-NYS Resident - 6 Credit Graduate
- Program Acceptance Fee
- Tuition (6 Undergraduate or Graduate credits)
- Various fees* (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
- Professional Internship
- Seminar class
- Internship placement and advisement provided by the Washington D.C. office
- Resume & Cover Letter assistance provided by the Washington D.C. office
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
*Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
- Food/Meals while in Washington, D.C.
- Personal Expenses (will vary depending on own spending habits)
Financial aid applies towards fees.
SUNY Students who are New York State residents pay in-state tuition (for 6 credits) at their home school (plus—in some cases—their usual student fees: technology fee, library, athletic fee, student government fee, etc). The Washington Program fee will be paid directly to The College at Brockport.
SUNY students who are not New York state residents pay out-of-state tuition (for 6 credits) to their home schools at their home campus SUNY rate, but do not have to pay the program fee to The College at Brockport since it is included in their tuition payment.
Some private school students generally pay their regular home school tuition and fees directly to their home school, which forwards the appropriate fees to The College at Brockport.
Students are responsible for applying and paying for housing independently.
The SUNY Washington Program will provide a list of housing options in the area once a student has been admitted to the program.
Summer 2021: June 7 - July 30, 2021
Summer 2022: June 6 - July 29, 2022
For more information, please contact:
, Assistant (and Acting) Director
Phone: (585) 353-7814
, Internship Coordinator