Washington, D.C. hosts hundreds of interns every year. UC Davis students have interned at over 200 organizations throughout the D.C. metro area, and they’re not just on Capitol Hill: students have interred at international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientific and medical institutions, museums, regulatory agencies – and the list goes on. The Washington Program can help you find an internship that is of value to you, no matter what your major is.

How does the internship search work?

Students who applied and were accepted into the Washington Program may then begin to search and apply for internships.

Finding an internship is an integral part of the Washington Program. The staff at the UC Washington Center in D.C. work closely with program participants to help them find an internship that fits their educational goals and interests.

Students are expected to perform much of the internship search themselves, in particular:

  • Researching Internships
  • What internships are available during the quarter they are registered to go to D.C.?
  • Prepare applications
  • Send out their applications
  • Prepare for the interview, including scheduling
  • Accept an internship offer

Search Engines

Most research can be completed using Google, internship search engines, and organization websites, though you may have to call or email the organization to learn more about the internship.

Internship Responsibilities

Interns carry a variety of responsibilities, including researching, writing, attending, and reporting on congressional hearings. Furthermore, students may be responsible for general office organization and upkeep, database management, meeting attendance and note taking, and much more. The most successful interns are competent at working individually or in group settings, and are committed to learning as much as possible from the experience.


Students interning during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters are expected to complete academic and research obligations in the form of the required 4 credit research seminar and work three to four days a week (24-32 hours) during the school year, Summer students are not obligated to take courses or receive academic credit for their internships, and are also required to work 4 to 5 days a week (32-40 hours) during the Summer session.

Most internships are unpaid. Any stipend or other financial agreements are the responsibility of the student to negotiate with the internship supervisor.

Internships with Early Deadlines

Because of criteria such as security clearance and background checks, some internship deadlines occur before the Washington Program deadlines. These organizations include the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the White House.