Women In Public Policy Internship Program (WIPP)

Sponsoring Organization:

Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars

2000 M Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20036-3307
Tel: (202) 336-7600 or 1-800-486-8921
Fax: (202) 336-7609


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There is no cost to departments/agencies participating in the WIPP Program. Interns, however, are responsible for round-trip transportation to Washington, DC, local transportation, meals and a program fee. The program fee for the Summer Term of 2000 is $2,895 and $3,390 for the 2000 Fall Semester. While the Washington Center offers financial assistance, approximately 35 percent of students receive no financial assistance and awards are generally limited to $2,000. To be considered for financial assistance, students must live in Washington Center housing. Scholarship awards are first applied to the Washington Center’s housing fee, which is $2,395 for the 2000 Summer Term and $3,195 the 2000 fall term. However, please call the Washington Center to get the current program and housing fees.

Internship Period: Internships are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters.

Application Deadline: For students, application deadlines vary. However, the Washington Center encourages early applications because some agency placements have their own early deadlines and require advance application to complete security clearance. The Washington Center recommends that departments and agencies participating in the WIPP Program secure interns two to three weeks before the internship is scheduled to begin.

Geographic Availability:

Internships are available in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Selection Process: To be eligible for the WIPP Program, applicants must: be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a second semester sophomore or above; maintain a grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale—however, higher grade point averages are required for some placements; remain enrolled in and receive credit from their college or university for their participation; and receive the endorsement of their campus liaison or faculty sponsor. Applicants must also submit: a completed application form; a personal goals and issues essay; an internship request statement; two letters of recommendation; an official transcript; a résumé; a check or money order for the non-refundable $60 application fee; and a completed housing agreement. Selection is based upon the students’ commitment to experiential learning and the sponsoring institution’s dedication to the students’ success completing the semester. Final selection decisions are made by the participating department/agency in consultation with the intern.

Orientation Session/Training: In addition to a four- day work week, interns attend the following enrichment activities: the Washington Forum Presidential Lecture Series; Washington Forum Capital Hill Breakfast Series; academic evening courses; and small group meetings. The WIPP Program also requires interns to maintain a portfolio, which is graded by a Program Supervisor, to document their learning experience.

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