Admissions

We invite you to spend a semester or summer in Washington, DC!  Our academic internship program is designed for college sophomores, juniors, seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students. 

Please note the information on this page is for students who are U.S. citizens or for international students who attend a college or university in the U.S.  If you are not a U.S. citizen and you do not go to school in the U.S., please visit our international student information pageIf you have any questions about which application process you should complete, please contact us at (202) 833-8580 or info@wiidc.org

 

Application Requirements

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Attend an accredited college or university and have status as a sophomore or above during the term of their internship. Recent graduates (i.e., those not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program) must have received their bachelor’s degree within 12 months of the start of the program.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students with lower GPAs may be considered.
  3. Contact their WII campus liaison at their institution to discuss any institutional application requirements and to arrange academic credit (when applicable). 

Application Instructions

  1. Go to the student log-in page of WII Link. Under the "Register" heading, click "Apply Online."
  2. Read the online application instructions and complete all fields.
  3. After submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email requesting that you verify your email address. Then you will receive an email that acknowledges receipt of your online application and provides instructions for logging in to WII Link. (If you don't receive an email immediately, please check your spam box.)
  4. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.  
  5. Once you have received access to WII Link, upload an unofficial transcript of all college work and your resume.  To ensure that you receive a timely decision, we encourage you to upload your documents immediately when prompted by WII.


After you have completed the steps above, we will review your application and notify you of our decision via email within one week.


Deadlines

Summer 2015**

  • Deadline: March 16, 2015 (International Students: March 2, 2015)
  • Semester Dates: May 20-July 31

Fall 2015

  • Deadline: July 1, 2015 (International Students: June 17, 2015)
  • Semester Dates: September 2-December 11

Spring 2016

  • Deadline: November 16, 2015 (International Students: October 30, 2015)
  • Semester Dates: January 13-April 29

    * Applying prior to the deadline will allow for the greatest range of placement options.

    ** Some organizations choose their interns in the early spring, so you should consider applying in December or January if possible. (Applying early is essential if you are interested in high-profile organizations, if you are a journalism student, or if you want to intern in certain government agencies.) Other organizations make decisions later in the spring. Please contact us if you have any questions about the timing of your application.


    Fees

    Completing an internship is an investment in your future and a great way to differentiate yourself from other students in the job market. WII is not only among the most affordable internship programs in Washington, DC, but also one of superior academic excellence.

    • There is a non-refundable $50 application fee due when you submit your application.
    • There is a non-refundable $500 deposit due upon acceptance to the program. This $500 is applied to your balance.
    • If you are living in our housing, there is a $100 refundable housing deposit.
    • Tuition and housing fees are due prior to beginning the program.

    Note that tuition and housing fees for students from partner schools may vary from the figures below; please contact your adviser on campus for more information.

    2015-16 Fees

    • Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters: Tuition: $6200; Housing: $4800
    • Summer 2015 Term: Tuition: $4800; Housing: $3825

    WII tuition includes:

    • Individual attention from WII staff to ensure an internship placement that meets your specified interests
    • Internship seminar and one core course
    • Personal advising, academic counseling, and internship support from WII staff

    There is a small additional fee for textbooks depending upon the course that you choose.

    Financial Aid  & Scholarships

    We understand that although our program is among the most affordable internship programs in DC, the expenses may be difficult to meet. We encourage you to ask your home institution about financial aid opportunities and take advantage of WII’s scholarship opportunities.

    Federal Financial Aid

    Contact your school’s financial aid office to determine how your financial aid may be applicable towards paying your WII tuition, provided you are registered to receive course credit from your home institution.

    Your School

    Inquire about available funding options for off-campus programs. Ask your faculty advisor about departmental scholarships.

    ACHS/WII Scholarships

    Students who are inducted members of any of the seventy Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) member societies--as well as members of Omicron Delta Kappa--will receive a $500 merit-based scholarship. To obtain the scholarship:

    1. Check the list of ACHS member societies at www.achsnatl.org to find out if you are eligible for the scholarship.
    2. Apply and be accepted into WII's internship program.
    3. Note your honor society information on your Intern Profile. WII will then verify your membership with the national office of the honor society. Please note these two steps must be successfully completed prior to the beginning of your semester in DC in order for you to receive an ACHS/WII scholarship.
    4. Apply the $500 scholarship to WII's tuition or housing fees. The ACHS/WII scholarship can be combined with other WII scholarships as long as the cumulative award does not exceed WII's tuition.

    WII Scholarships

    Effective Spring Semester 2016: New Scholarship Process

    WII will make need-based scholarship determinations based on the Student Aid Reports (SARs) and financial aid award letters that students submit during the application process. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in a college or university at the time of their internship with WII, who apply to WII before the deadline and who are able to provide their SAR and financial aid award letter before the WII application deadline. Decisions will be made approximately one week after the application deadline. To apply for a scholarship:

    1.    Submit your current Student Aid Report for the current academic year. 
    2.    Submit your award letter from your college or university for the current academic year.
    3.    Apply and be accepted into WII’s internship program.