Political Science

  • CSUN President, CSBS Dean, and DC Interns

    CSUN President and CSBS Dean join the DC Interns

  • Spring 2018 Interns with Becker and Cahn and Alumni
  • Congressman Schiff and student Alejandro Rosa
  • Spring 2018 Interns with Sen. Diane Feinstein
  • Spring 2018 Interns with Karen Bass
  • Photo of DC Interns at December Reception
  • Group of DC supporters, interns, and alumni at the May reception

DC Internship

CSUN in DC Summer Internships

Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions and current shelter-in-place guidelines, the CSUN in DC Summer program is taking a temporary hiatus. Please check back, as soon as we can resume our normal programs we will let you know. Take care and stay safe.

CSUN in DC LogoWhat is CSUN in DC?

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.

How Does it Work?

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.

How Much Does it Cost?

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.  The CSUN in DC Internship Program also has funds available to help subsidize the costs of participation and there are paid internships available. You CAN do this! Come talk to us about how you can participate.

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.


CSUN in DC Alumna Clarissa Rojas Lands Top Role on Capitol Hill

December 11, 2019

Photo of Clarissa Rojas in front of the United States Capitol

At 23 years old, CSUN alumna Clarissa Rojas ’18 (Journalism) is relatively new to Capitol Hill and the halls of power. Unlike her contemporaries and other recent college graduates, however, she has already vaulted right into a prominent position in Washington D.C. This fall, Rojas landed a job as communications director for Rep. Darren Soto (D-Florida). Read more about Clarissa's story here Read more

CSUN Sends its First Deaf Studies Intern to Washington, D.C.

December 20, 2018

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Ana Maritza Rivera will be the first Deaf Studies student from CSUN to attend the DC Internship! Read more

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