Photo courtesy of Maria McIntyre
Photo courtesy of Maria McIntyre

Washington, D.C. is rich in history, diversity and internships just waiting to be applied for.  Not a political science major?  That is okay.  The Mount in Washington Program is open to any major.  Sophomores and above, including recent graduates, are allowed to apply if they meet program application requirements.  Students in the program can earn up to 15 credits from the Mount during the course of their internship.

The Mount is partnered with two organizations in Washington D.C. that specialize in experiential learning: The Washington Center and the Washington Internship Institute.  The students interested in the Mount in Washington Internship Program will apply either to The Washington Center or the Washington Internship Institute.  Both of these esteemed programs offer a wide range of internship opportunities, from CNN to The Department of Education to the National Council of La Raza to the Embassy of Gabon. Whether it is in various political offices, embassies, museums, non-profit organizations or corporations, there are plenty of opportunities available. Students in the program will work at their internship four days a week as well as attend a related class or seminar.  

Students participating in the Mount in Washington are eligible to have regular Mount tuition cover the program expense for participating during a fall or spring semester.   Both organizations provide fully furnished apartments with easy access to public transportation. Students are housed with other interns from all over the country giving you the opportunity to make new friends and become part of a new community.  It is also possible to apply for scholarships available from TWC or WII when applying for the program.  

Maria McIntyre C’15 interned last fall for the international non-profit organization, The Human Rights Campaign. Maria is currently pursuing her MBA at the Mount while completing a graduate assistantship in the Admissions office.  In her internship with The Human Rights Campaign, Maria worked in the Major Donors Department and “was put on the front lines of fundraising.”  As a part of her internship Maria was able to network and resume build through all the people she met and the projects she worked on, as well the events she was able to attend.  

Her advice is to apply.  Initially nervous about leaving the Mount for a semester, Maria says the experience was unforgettable. She made connections and friends and is planning on working for the organization she interned with after completing her MBA.  The Mount’s liberal arts education prepared her with the critical thinking, writing, analytical and group work skills that helped her excel during her time in Washington D.C.  

Paige Spangler C’17 interned with the Embassy of Gabon during the Mount in Washington Summer program.  Her advice to those interested in the program is “do it!”  Paige said that it was a really neat experience and that the ability to explore D.C. and connect with some amazing people was incredible.  “At the end of my internship I received a letter of recommendation from the Ambassador of Gabon himself!  You never know what to expect until you go out of your comfort zone.”

The deadlines for the Spring 2016 semester are November 16 (WII) and November 18(TWC).  The Washington Center also has a priority deadline of October 14.  Interested in being a part of the Mount in Washington Program?  Contact the Career Center today!  Meet with Matthew Pouss, Assistant Director and the Internship Coordinator to discuss the Washington Internship Institute, The Washington Center and how to proceed through the application process.  Students can request an appointment on the Career Center website,  Students can also schedule an appointment by calling 301-447-5202 or stopping by the Career Center.  This type of internship program may require more planning and consideration than many other internships, but it is well worth the effort and the opportunities it will create.

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