- Deadline Fall 2022 - March 15
- Start dreaming about what you’d like to do in Washington, then visit the Walter Center for Career Achievement in Ernie Pyle Hall and review your options.
- Meet with Sara White, Walter Center career coach, and Professor Christine Barbour, the director of the internship program, and we will help you find some leads.
How to Apply
- Step 1: Fill out the application
You need a Political Science professor to supervise your internship. If you are working with a Political Science professor whom you would like to ask to be your faculty sponsor, that’s great. If you cannot find someone to be your sponsor, ask Professor Barbour. Include this in the internship application.
Note: This need not be final. If you meet a professor you would prefer to work with over the course of the semester, this can be changed.
Print the form and submit it electonically to Professor Christine Barbour (email@example.com) by the deadline. Make sure you make an appointment to talk with Prof. Barbour before that date.
Please contact Prof. Christine Barbour with any questions or concerns.
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the 24 person class is full.
- Step 2: Enroll in X299 the semester before your internship
- Be sure to choose the section reserved for IU POLS DC students. This class will prepare you to obtain and thrive in your internship position.
- Step 3: Meet with a career coach
If you are accepted for the internship by the department, please schedule an appointment to meet with Sara White, Walter Center career coach, to discuss your desires for an internship and learn best practices in securing it.
Directions for scheduling an appointment can be found here.
- Step 4: Locate your internship
You will take a series of workshops on essential job search skills with the Walter Center. Times and places to be announced.
Locate your internship
With the help of Political Science and the Walter Center, locate and apply for your internship(s).
- Step 5: Submit your internship for approval
The Walter Center will send you an e-mail confirmation when your internship is approved.
- Step 6: Enroll in your internship semester classes
Before registration, you will receive online authorization to enroll in the internship credit, POLS-X477, Y300: The West Wing (3 credit hours, Prof. Christine Barbour), and one other 300-level course (TBD). Register for the courses when it is your time for fall enrollment.
Both courses will be taught in the Willard Building in Washington D.C. Each course is 3 hours and, along with the 6 credit hours for the internship, will complete your 12 hour schedule fall semester schedule. Your Bursar bill will reflect full-time status for the fall term, plus a $4,800 housing fee. If you wish to enroll in any other courses for the fall, such as an online course or independent readings/research, you may add that to your schedule in the usual way.
- Step 7: Provide Political Science with your housing application
Drop your WISH Housing Program application off in the main office of the Department of Political Science. Download it and give it to us (in Woodburn Hall 210). Include a check for your $200 damage deposit which covers unusual damage but is mostly to be sure you remember to return your key. WISH will return your deposit to you directly after you mail the key back.
When you pay your Bursar bill, you will be charged tuition for 12 hours and $4,800 for your double occupancy housing in the WISH townhouse for the semester. The department will be responsible for ensuring that this gets to WISH, but it gives you the convenience of making a single payment.
- Step 8: Make your travel arrangements
Make your travel arrangements and have the time of your life. If it’s NOT the time of your life, be sure you let the proper person know that and the default proper person is Prof. Barbour: firstname.lastname@example.org.