The Washington Center

Experience Transforms: Live, work, and learn in Washington, DC!

Through The Washington Center, Saint Joseph’s University offers semester-long and summer internships in Washington DC.  As a national and international capital, DC provides resources and opportunities unlike anywhere else. A natural setting for studying the political process, DC is also home to hundreds of major corporations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, advocacy groups, and agencies. There are numerous opportunities for students in all majors, including positions in the media, the arts, education, business, science, international affairs, the environment, health care, and more.

A semester or summer at The Washington Center allows students to gain valuable career experience while remaining full-time students.  The program is open to all majors and disciplines, and students are able to choose from seven different professional tracks that cater to their interest and career aspirations:

  • Advocacy, Service & Arts
  • Business & Global Trade
  • International Affairs
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Media & Communications
  • Politics & Public Policy
  • Science, Technology & Society


Recent SJU Student Internship Placements

The State Department, Pan American Health Organization Foundation, Center for Security Policy, Department of the Interior, Federal Trade Commission,  Peace Corp, Metropolitan Police Department, Amnesty International, and many private law firms, think tanks, lobbying firms, congressional offices, and more!


To Learn More about The Washington Center Internship Program at SJU


Important Dates

Plan early! All applicants must meet with Dr. Scola, The Washington Center Liaison in advance of filling out the application to go over all aspects of the application process, including reviewing resume drafts, writing samples, and personal statements. Students must also provide The Washington Center with an official transcript from all colleges attended.  Consult The Washington Center Dates and Deadlines page for specific dates, but applications are typically due:

  • Spring Semester: Priority – Mid-October; Regular – Mid-November

  • Summer Session: Priority – Mid-February; Regular – Mid-March
  • Fall Semester: Priority – Mid-April; Regular – Mid-May

NOTE: Early Application is typically only for placements that require security clearances. Some examples are the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, federal law enforcement agencies. All other applicants are encouraged to adhere to the regular deadline. Visit the The Washington Center page regarding programs that have early application deadlines to see which organizations require early submission of materials.