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In the spring semester, students engage in internships at foreign embassies, federal agencies, NGOs, international organizations, or multinational corporations. Students are responsible for securing their own internships. That said, much one-on-one assistance and support is provided by the Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. staff!

The Experiential Internship Course (for academic credit)

FGSM398: Global Fellows in Washington, DC Internship course. The experiential internship course offered by the Global Fellows in Washington, DC Program enables students to earn credits for their professional experience in the global arena. FGSM398 varies from 3 to 9 credits based on the number of hours students work in the internship, in accordance with university standards for internship courses. Students registering for FGSM398 will provide signed confirmation of an internship position, submit guided journal entries, and complete a final reflective report on their internship experience.

Important Note: Students may substitute another departmental internship course (offered in the student's major or elsewhere at the university) for FGSM398 in the Global Fellows in Washington, DC program.In such cases, grading methods, credits and requirements for the course will be consistent with departmental rules. Such students will still be considered full members of the Global Fellows program.

Required Forms:

Internship Site Contract

Award Acceptance Form

Intern Evaluation Form

Finding Your Internship

With guidance from the program staff and other units of the University, students secure their own internship placements within a foreign embassy, think tank, federal agency, or other approved organization in the Washington metropolitan area. As in the Federal Semester Program, the program director and staff develop opportunities and cultivate relationships across the D.C. metropolitan area to assist students in locating and obtaining appropriate internships. 

Students also attend workshops on internships beginning soon after they are admitted to the program and meet with program staff for additional guidance. Workshops cover the process of applying to internships, interviewing, and finally securing placement – all skills that will be important practice for their own professional job searches after graduation. Workshops will be conducted by the Global Fellows in Washington, DC staff, in collaboration with campus and other professionals on internships and careers in the global arena. Program staff also offer one-on-one consultations regarding cover letters and resumes.

Internship locations have included:

Aerospace Industries Association
Alice Ferguson Foundation
American Foreign Service Association
Embassy of Bangladesh
Embassy of Brazil
Embassy of Spain, Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Communities
Federal Aviation Administration, Environment and Planning Division
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
International Child Art Foundation
Maryland State Attorney in Montgomery County
Middle East Institute, Center for Turkish Studies
National Institutes of Health
One Campaign
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Representative Jared Huffmann
U.S. Census, Office of the Foreign Trade Division
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Information
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, International Health Security Division
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute
U.S. Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Underwood and Associates: Ecological Restoration
White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy