Where You Can Intern

A wide variety of internships are available in government offices, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies.  Sample internships are listed below; however, you are not limited to these opportunities!

During the internship placement process, Washington Internship Institute staff will work with you to find and apply for internships that fit your interests and qualifications.  After doing phone interviews, you choose the internship that’s right for you.  If you have questions about the placement process or potential options, please contact us.

Please note that some government agencies and high-profile organizations have early application deadlines.  For best results, apply early!

Accounting, Business, Economics, and Finance

  • Council of Economic Advisers
  • Economic Strategy Institute
  • Financial Services Forum
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • US Department of the Treasury
  • US Small Business Administration

Criminal Justice and Criminology

  • Alliance for Justice
  • Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence
  • Council for Court Excellence
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Humane Society Legislative Fund
  • National Crime Prevention Council
  • National Criminal Justice Association
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Protection Project
  • Public Defender Service
  • US Department of Justice

Communications, Broadcasting, and Journalism

  • CBS News
  • CNN 
  • CQ Roll Call
  • C-SPAN
  • The Hill
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • NBC News TODAY Show
  • Talk Radio News
  • USA Today
  • Washington Business Journal
  • WTTG Fox 5 Television


  • American Councils for International Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Center for Education Reform
  • Education Trust
  • Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Institute of International Education
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Reading Is Fundamental
  • US Department of Education 

Environmental Studies

  • American Council on Renewable Energy
  • Climate Institute
  • Conservation International
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Sierra Club
  • Smithsonian Institution - National Zoological Park
  • Wilderness Society
  • World Wildlife Fund

Gender and Women’s Studies

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Center for Women Policy Studies
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Wider Opportunities for Women
  • Women in International Security
  • Women's Campaign Forum
  • Women's Foreign Policy Group
  • Women's Research and Education Institute

Humanities: History, English, and Art

  • National Archives
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Portrait Gallery

International Affairs and Area Studies

  • A wide variety of embassies, including Australia, Canada, Gabon, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, and Mexico
  • Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa
  • Arab American Institute
  • Asia Society
  • Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
  • DC Office on African Affairs
  • Foundation for Democracy in Africa
  • Institute for Global Engagement
  • Institute for Palestine Studies
  • Inter-American Dialogue
  • Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
  • Korea International Trade Association
  • Latin America Working Group
  • National Defense University
  • Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
  • Organization of American States
  • Partners of the Americas
  • US Coast Guard Office of International Affairs
  • US Department of State
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

International Business 

  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • US Council for International Business
  • US Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration
  • US Trade Representative
  • Young Americas Business Trust

Political Science and Public Administration

  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • Cato Institute
  • Congressional Institute
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Federalist Society
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Coalition for the Homeless
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
  • Republican National Committee
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
  • White House

Pre-Law and Legal Studies

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Center for Justice and International Law
  • DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Public Defender Service
  • US Department of Justice

Pre-Med: Health Care and Health Policy

  • American Public Human Services Association
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • DC Department of Health
  • Drug Reform Coordination Network
  • Global Health Council
  • Men's Health Network
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
  • US International Council on Disabilities

Psychology and Social Work

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • Community Family Life Services
  • Community of Hope
  • National Association of Child Advocates
  • National Network for Youth
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia - Juvenile Section
  • Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia - Mental Health Section 
  • Organization for Autism Research
  • US Department of Health and Human Services