The CSUN in DC Internship Program offers students the opportunity to 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. 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, the cost to students remains the greatest barrier to participation.
Selected Program Data:
- 149 students have participated through 2017 though more than half of those have participated in the last two years. In Spring 2018, we have our largest-ever cohort in D.C. with 32 students.
- Selected internship placements include: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler, 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.
- 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.