The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit.

The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Key Points

Registration Deadlines


Priority: mid-October
Regular: mid-November


Priority: mid-February
Regular: mid-March

Funding Opportunites

Eligible for Illinois State Funding up to $6,882. Additional funding sources may be available.

Examples of Internships Available

  • The White House
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • AG for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Department of Justice
  • Private Law Firms

View complete listing of internship organizations

For More Information

Students interested should contact Professor April Clark at or 815-753-7055.

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Zulauf Hall 415
815-753-6302 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Office works remotely

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