Political Science

  • CSUN President, CSBS Dean, and DC Interns

    CSUN President and CSBS Dean join the DC Interns

  • Congressman Schiff and DC Intern
  • Congresswoman Bass and DC Interns
  • https://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/political-science/dc-internship/senator-feinstein
  • https://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/political-science/dc-internship/becker-and-cahn

DC Internship


 President Harrison with CSUN Interns in Washington, DC


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In the CSUN in DC Internship Program, students live, work, and learn in our nation’s capital.  Students move to Washington, D.C. for the Spring or Summer term, intern with Capitol Hill offices, agencies, advocacy groups, non-profits, museums, embassies, or private firms, and take classes with faculty on-site.  The program is open to all majors and it is truly a transformative experience for the roughly 45-50 students that participate each year.

Students in the CSUN in DC program secure internships tailored to their career goals so that they can develop as professionals, enhance their skillset, and begin to build their professional network.  Students typically work 25-40 hours per week and receive mentoring from their internship site supervisor as well as from the faculty on-site in Washington, D.C.  In recent years, CSUN students have interned in a wide variety of offices including members and committees in Congress, agencies, non-profits, advocacy organizations, private firms, embassies, and museums.  Students also take classes in the evenings with on-site faculty.

CSUN in DC costs include tuition, housing, transportation, food, and other personal expenses.  Housing costs are about $4,000 for the entire Spring semester or about $3,300 for the entire Summer though the program has money available to subsidize this cost.  Tuition is exactly the same for students as it is for the Spring or Summer term at Northridge and financial aid applies the same as if the student is in residence at CSUN.  Though CSUN in DC costs less than half of what similar programs charge and there are a variety of ways the program can help to make this opportunity affordable.


Selected Program Data:

  • Almost 200 students have participated through 2018 and the program continues to grow.  In Spring 2018, the program sent its largest-ever cohort of 32 students to Washington, D.C..
  • Selected internship placements include: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steve Knight, Rep. Adam Schiff, Office of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, Human Rights Campaign, National Education Association, Heritage Foundation, National Museum of American History, Embassy of Mexico, HACU, National Defense University, and Ford’s Theater.
  • CSUN in DC students are as diverse as our student body.  72% come from traditionally under-represented groups, 57% are Pell-eligible, and 60% are first-generation college students.
  • CSUN in DC students graduate.  29% of DC Interns who entered CSUN as first-time freshmen graduated in 4 years (more than twice the campus average) and virtually every student who has participated has either graduated or is still enrolled and on a path to graduate soon.
  • 35% of DC Interns graduated with honors and the average CSUN GPA among them is 3.27.

For More Information:

If you have questions about the program, email Dr. Lawrence Becker or Dr. Tyler Hughes at dcinterns@csun.edu.


Congratulations to two of our Spring 2018 CSUN in DC Interns!

April 18, 2018

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Congratulations to two of our Spring 2018 D.C. students, Matthew Yanez and Francisco Preciado, on their scholarships granted by the University of the District of Columbia! Read more

CSUN in DC Intern co-authored for The National Interest!

April 18, 2018

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Our very own Nathaniel DeBevoise, currently interning in DC, has contributed to an article discussing Trump's newest National Security Advisor, John Bolton. Read more

CSUN in DC Interns Meet Paul Ryan

April 16, 2018

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Students Jordan Dixon-Hamilton and Jacob Bliss had the unique opportunity to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan through the CSUN in DC internship program! Read more

CSUN in DC Intern Publishes Post on Trans Elders for the National Center for Transgender Equality

March 27, 2018

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Communications major and Queer Studies minor Michaé Pulido published an article "Respect Your Trans Elders: Two Justice Warriors Who Paved the Way for Today’s Trans Movement” as part of their DC Internship with the National Center for Transgender Equality. Read more

CSUN in DC Intern Publishes Piece for Scenic America

March 1, 2018

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CSUN student Makenna Sievertson published an article on Dr. Patrick Frank for Scenic America, where she is currently interning through the CSUN in DC program. Read more

Political Science Major Contributes to Magazine

February 7, 2018

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Political science major Karina Perez co-authored an article featured in the magazine Room: the Space Journal. Read more

Political Science Student Publishes Article on Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

March 25, 2016

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As a part of her DC Internship with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), Political Science Student Wondia Yeo has published an article "Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil: Outbreaks that Question the Fundamentals of Brazilian Healthcare Efficiency." Read more

CSUN’s D.C. Internship Program Opens New Doors, Even to the White House

March 2, 2016

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Not many students get the chance to meet the president of the United States. In Abdiel Lewis’ case, it was part of her internship to attend President Obama’s final State of the Union address where, for a moment, she stood just inches from the president. Read more