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Applications are now available for students wishing to participate in the Southwestern internship and academic program in Washington, D.C.  The program permits the student to use Southwestern financial aid (other than work study), charges no more than she or he would pay if at Southwestern, and grants Southwestern credit and grades.

The program entails a 32-hour per week internship, an academic seminar focusing on the internship experience, academic seminars in international studies (politics, economic and history), communication, and an independent research paper.  Up to fifteen credit hours can be earned.

Students live in completely furnished flats with kitchens a short walk from the Capitol Building.  An on-site director will assist students in securing internships in their desired majors.  Past SU students in the program worked in the State Department, CNN, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Smithsonian, and in various public interest organizations.  Other students have worked at the Senate Finance Committee, the Leadership Committee on Civil Rights, the UN delegation to the US, the Alzheimer’s Center for senior citizens, and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.  There are also organized field trips to local and regional sites such as Mount Vernon, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the FBI building.

The program is opened to Juniors and Seniors regardless of major who have a 3.0 GPA.  Well-qualified second semester Sophomores are also eligible.

If you are interested in attending this program, contact Dr. Tim O’Neill for further information and an application by Friday, October 3, to secure a guaranteed spot.

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