This program was developed to help students find and complete internships on Capitol Hill by providing a stipend to assist with living costs, as well as support in finding and applying to internship opportunities.
Internships are a Key Experience for Students
Internships are a key experience employers look for on a resume, according to a survey of employers from the Chronicle of Higher Education. In fact, a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers listed internships as one of the top two indicators of success in initial career outcomes for graduating seniors. Internships provide a great opportunity for hands-on work experience, career exploration, networking, and professional growth.
Receive Financial Support for Your Internship
Unfortunately, many great internship opportunities are unpaid, creating a barrier for many of our students, and due to the prohibitive cost of housing, food, and transportation in DC some students cannot afford such an experience.
The Capitol Hill Intership Program was intentionally designed to provide students with much-needed financial support to assist them with gaining invaluable experience that they might otherwise not have been able to obtain.
“I would like to thank Western Carolina University for the stipend they provided. DC is an extremely expensive place so these extra funds went a long way in assisting me with financial needs. This internship confirmed my career path in many ways.” - Coleman Leopard
“My internship was great, I had a wonderful experience, I met amazing people, and I learned a lot about American politics…overall, I’m so thankful for this opportunity.” - Katie Gunn
“If I could do the entire thing over again, I would. Without hesitation. Being able to work in Washington D.C. was amazing. I learned so much in a short time and met so many great people. I made connections that I will be able to utilize in the future as I come out of college.” - Cameron Alexander
Learn More About the Program
For further information, questions, or to talk to someone about how to apply for the Capitol Hill Internship Program, please reach out to the Center for Career & Professional Development at 828.227.7133 or email@example.com.