Summer Institute on Political Journalism

The Summer 2017 Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC, is now acception applications. The program includes:

  • Undergraduate academic credit from George Mason University
  • Internship placement with an organization in the Washington, DC Metro Area
  • Fully furnished on-campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC

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Faculty can also nominate students for special scholarship consideration. The institute awards close to a million dollars annually and preference is given to nominated students. For more information visit

 More information on the institute programs may be found at For questions, contact Mary Stankus, director of recruitment and admissions, at or 202.986.0384.

Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!

 Institute on Political Journalism

June 3 – July 28, 2017

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 – 5% tuition discount

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations and communication while earning academic credit.

Live: Each year, Washington, DC attracts many journalism student interns who are all passionate about politics, getting the story straight and learning the ins and outs of the news business.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

 Learn: Earn course credit while you intern! You will earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level ethics, government and economics courses. Academic course credit is provided through George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other top local universities.

Intern: A journalism or communications internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. Based on your interests and skills, you will be placed in an internship in the Washington, DC area.  We have been creating academic internship experiences for over 45 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

  • Internship placements include:
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • TV and radio stations
  • Online publications
  • News Services
  • PR and communication firms

 Connect: Who you know does matter – especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections with working journalists and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

 We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:

  • Mentor Program with DC media and PR professionals
  • Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
  • Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the National Press Club and Capitol Hill

Make plans for your summer! Visit to begin an online application today. Apply by the early deadline of December 6 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.


We strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarship awards are granted based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

 Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384.